Litigation is the formal court process for resolving disputes between or among parties.  Attorney Pattershall has represented hundreds of clients, both plaintiffs and defendants, in a wide variety of litigated matters. He understands how the process works and effectively guides his clients through every phase of litigation. He takes a big-picture view of each case to assure that his representation of each client is as efficient as possible in light of the stakes involved and each client’s needs. His areas of practice include:

Commercial Litigation 

Commercial litigation encompasses breach of contract cases, mechanics lien enforcement, and fraud and misrepresentation claims among others. From the initial pleadings through to final judgment, Attorney Pattershall represents parties in a variety of commercial litigation cases. Whether you are a plaintiff seeking to enforce a breach of contract claim or a defendant denying liability for an alleged construction defect, he will discuss the potential risks and benefits of the particular litigation so that you can make an informed decision concerning how best to resolve the dispute. Let a litigation attorney handle the legal dispute so that you can get back to running your business.     

Insurance Law

Insurance law includes disputes over coverage, which can arise regardless of whether the insurance policy in question pertains to liability, property damage, or disability benefits.  Insurance contracts also include the duty on the part of an insurer to defend its insured, and when a third party is at fault for a loss, insurers will seek to enforce their subrogation claims. Attorney Pattershall handles insurance coverage disputes. He also defends insureds and pursues subrogation claims on behalf of insurers, periodically serving as local Maine counsel in such matters.

Employment Discrimination

The Maine Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry or national origin, and whistleblower status. Attorney Pattershall represents employees who have been discriminated against both before the Maine Human Rights Commission and in Superior Court. If you believe you have been discriminated against on one of the bases set forth above, please call for a free evaluation of your potential claim.

Protection Cases

Protection from abuse (PFA) cases and protection from harassment (PFH) cases can have immediate and lasting effects on personal security, personal liberty, and intra-family relations. Substantive law and the rules of evidence apply at PFA and PFH hearings. Attorney Pattershall represents plaintiffs and defendants in both PFA and PFH matters.

Landlord and Tenant Law

Residential leases must comply with certain requirements designed to assure the safety and habitability of rented premises while respecting the business interests of landlords. The process for terminating a lease and retaking possession of rented premises—a court proceeding called a Forcible Entry and Detainer (FED) action, commonly referred to as an eviction—is strictly governed by statute. Attorney Pattershall represents landlords and tenants in both the preparation of leases as well as in FED’s.  

Appeals

A party claiming that a final judgment was entered in error may appeal that judgment. In Maine, the majority of appeals are heard directly by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which is referred to as the Law Court when it hears appeals. Appeals from judgments of the United States District Court for the District of Maine are heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which sits in Boston, Massachusetts. Attorney Pattershall has extensive appellate litigation experience in both state and federal court.