Intelligent, effective, and compassionate legal services in southern Maine.
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About

At Port City Legal, you can expect professional, thoughtful, and personalized attention as a client of our firm.  You will be treated with respect and compassion, and will always be provided the information and insights you need to protect your interests.

 

Attorneys & Staff


 
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Attorney

Joe Lewis, Esq.

I can honestly say that of all the wonderful places I’ve lived, Portland, Maine is exactly where I want to be.  The mix of physical beauty, friendly people, culture and cuisine is unbelievably appealing to me. When I’m not enjoying everything that Portland offers, I am likely at home reading or cooking, or planning my next escape Downeast or to Quebec City.

I know you have a great many solid options when it comes to selecting a lawyer here in southern Maine. My hope is that you will see the value of having me in your corner.  I’m a fighter by nature: tough, determined, intelligent, and driven to success.  But I’m also a huge believer in seeking agreement whenever possible in order to save my clients stress and money. My bottom line is: results for you.

It would be my honor to represent you.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2010, Magna Cum Laude

FORDHAM UNIVERSITY
B.A., History, 1986

Affiliations & Activities

  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Family Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association
  • Founding Member, Katahdin Counsel
  • Volunteer Attorney for the Courthouse Assistance Project

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Attorney

Maryellen Sullivan, Esq.

Having lived in Maine for 30 years, I’m very happy to finally be working and living in Portland.  From Munjoy Hill, I can walk to work and find beautiful vistas, community, and great coffee on the way.  I look forward to expanding my estate planning and probate practice in this growing city.

My goal is to make estate planning easy and gratifying for my clients.  Many people put off estate planning, but I can tell you that it feels great to get it done.  I enjoy building relationships with my clients, demystifying the process, and helping them plan for their futures. 

My other specialties include: probate and mediation services. I really enjoy assisting clients with the probate process. Whether clients need initial guidance or someone to handle all aspects of an estate, guardianship, or conservatorship, they often are overwhelmed and full of emotion and questions. I look forward to offering probate clients the opportunity to solve their disputes outside of the courtroom.

I welcome the opportunity to work with you.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1994, Cum Laude

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
B.A., History, 1986 with Honors

Affiliations & Activities

  • Maine Estate Planning Council
  • Maine State Bar Association 
  • Women's Law and Elder Law Sections of the Maine State Bar Association
  • Volunteer Attorney for Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Volunteer Mediator for Opportunity Alliance and Volunteers of America 
  • Former Board member of Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence
  • Women Standing Together

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Staff

Lynne Patel

Lynne is a Maine native, coming from the Central Maine area. Lynne plays a critical role in ensuring that Port City Legal is a well-run machine. She manages the office, works directly with clients and the courts, and helps us all stay client-centered. She also provides notary services.

When Lynne is not at the firm, she can be found hanging out at the playground with her husband and their two young children, or volunteering for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She enjoys Portland’s food and art scene and the general splendor of living by Casco Bay.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals.

 

Education

University of Southern Maine
B.A., Political Science, 2001

Affiliations & Activities

  • Tri For A Cure Athlete
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Maine Cancer Foundation

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