Baber, Brett D.

Brett D. Baber

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Practice Areas:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment Disputes

Biography

Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Brett Baber has established deep roots in the Pine Tree State. He is a 1982 summa cum laude graduate with a political science degree from the University of Southern Maine. In 1985, Mr. Baber graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law where he served as a research editor for the Maine Law Review.

Mr. Baber spent the first fifteen years of his career as a civil litigation defense attorney with firms in Portland and Bangor. In addition to his legal practice, he served on the adjunct faculty at Husson College and the University of Maine in Bangor. In 2000, he opened his own plaintiffs’ personal injury firm. Building on that experience, he became employed at Lanham Blackwell in 2007 to provide litigation support and to enhance his ability to effectively represent individuals in personal injury, pharmaceutical products litigation and employment discrimination cases. The majority of his current practice is devoted to serving employees who have experienced various forms of employment discrimination, to representation of individuals injured by defective medical products and medication, and to individuals who have suffered a personal injury. Mr. Baber is admitted to practice in all Maine courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit where he has served on the selection committee for Criminal Justice Act appeals counsel, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Having served on the Board of Governors of the Maine State Bar Association since 1998, Mr. Baber was selected as the President of Maine’s largest legal organization in 2008. Mr. Baber has written numerous articles on litigation and insurance topics in the Maine Bar Journal and he has presented on several continuing legal education topics, including several panels regarding employment discrimination claims. During his tenure on the MSBA Board of Governors, Mr. Baber addressed the serious need for representation of indigent Maine residents by developing the biannual symposium on access for justice, serving on the court commission that developed the indigent criminal defense commission, and by developing a model for what later became the Katahdin Counsel program. At Mr. Baber’s suggestion, the MSBA created the Vincent McKusick Award for legal scholarship in the Maine Bar Journal.

In 2009, Mr. Baber was awarded The Lew Vafiades Pro Bono award by The Volunteer Lawyers Project of Maine for his efforts to organize a free legal clinic in Penobscot County. Mr. Baber is a member of the Penobscot Bar Association, the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. New England Super Lawyers has designated Mr. Baber as a “Super Lawyer” in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Mr. Baber lives in Dedham with his wife, Gayle. They have four children. Avocations include serving as a public address announcer for the University of Maine football, hockey and basketball teams. He enjoys golf, skiing, coaching youth basketball and community service through the Knights of Columbus. From 2009-2011, Mr. Baber served as the Grand Knight of the Bangor area Knights of Columbus. He is a Eucharistic Minister, a lector and a member of the adult choir at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor.

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney

Past Positions

  • Monaghan, Leahy, Hochadel & Libby, Associate, 1985 to 1988
  • York County District Attorney's Office, Intern, 1983 to 1984

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law, Portland, Maine
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1985
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 00/1982
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science
  • University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
    • Honors: Dean's List

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Maine, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit

Honors

  • Faculty Achievement Award, University of Maine
  • Am Jur Awards: Evidence, Contracts, Property, and Prof. Responsibility
  • The Lew Vafiades Pro Bono Award, The Volunteer Lawyers Project of Maine
  • Super Lawyer, New England Super Lawyers

Classes & Seminars

  • Adjunct Faculty, Husson College
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Maine in Bangor

Pro-Bono Activities

  • University of Maine Football Team, Public Address Announcer
  • University of Maine Hockey Team, Public Address Announcer
  • University of Maine Basketball Team, Public Address Announcer
  • Bangor area Knights of Columbus, Grand Knight
  • St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor, Eucharistic Minister
  • St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor, Lector
  • St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor, Member

Published Works

  • Note, State v. Curlew: Assessing the Sufficiency of Evidence Under the Corpus Delicti Rule 36 Maine Law Review, Number 2, 36 Me. L. Rev. 411, 1984
  • Note, United States ex rel. Arrow Electronics, inc. v. G.H. Coffey Co.: Judicial Interpretation of Timely Notice Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(c) 37 Maine Law Review, Number 1, 37 Me. L. Rev. 153, 1985
  • Judicial Interpretations of the Commercial General Liability Policy Under Maine Law, 12 Maine Bar Journal 368, 1997
  • Evidentiary Issues Pertaining to the Admissibility of Medical Testimony and Records at Trial, 11 Maine Bar Journal 286, 1996
  • For Every Right There is a Remedy, Civil Rights Litigation Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983, 9 Maine Bar Journal 226, 1994

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Tau Kappa Epsilon

Professional Associations

  • Town of Orono, Maine, Board of Zoning Appeals, Member, 1987 to 1998
  • Penobscot Bar Association, General Committee, Member, 1997
  • Maine State Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1998
  • Criminal Justice Act Appeals Counsel, Selection Committee
  • U.S. Supreme Court, Selection Committee
  • Penobscot Bar Association, Member
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member