History

Since its founding in 1871 by Widgery “Whisker Bill” Thomas and George Bird, Perkins Thompson has contributed to all aspects of Maine’s legal and public affairs. Members of the firm have gone on to serve as Justices of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and Superior Court, Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Maine, Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Maine, United States Attorney for the District of Maine, Maine Attorney General, Maine Commissioner of Public Lands and Immigration, Members of the Maine House of Representatives and Senate, and leaders in the United States military, the federal government, and the diplomatic corps. Members of the firm have also contributed to Maine’s business and nonprofit communities, having had among them the president of the Libra Foundation, a principal owner of Canal National Bank, president of S.D. Warren, and president of Portland Gas Light Company (now Northern Utilities, Inc.). Members of the firm have a long history of commitment to their community. They teach at the University of Maine School of Law, are authors of state and national legal treatises, serve on the boards of a variety of cultural, educational, charitable and other non-profit organizations and on State and Bar commissions and committees, and donate substantial time to the indigent pro bono.

Perkins Thompson emphasizes business-oriented counseling, professionalism, and integrity. The firm represents major banking, utilities, manufacturing, petroleum and gas refining and distribution, forest products, health care, and retail and wholesale distribution businesses, in addition to small start-up companies, local businesses and individuals.

 

The firm dedicates itself to producing timely, quality legal services efficiently. The firm’s moderate size assures personal attention to clients’ needs by experienced, knowledgeable practitioners, and permits careful control of the quality of services, in addition to avoiding the dissipation of client resources through over-lawyering. The firm regularly discusses budgets for legal services with existing and potential clients and provides estimates of probable charges for specific projects.

Legal issues and legal problems no longer stop at the border. As clients increasingly operate in multiple states, the firm now actively provides legal counsel and litigation services to its clients on matters of New Hampshire law and on legal issues in other New England states. In addition to Maine, Perkins Thompson attorneys are registered to practice in other jurisdictions, including New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.