Attorneys Tyler Smith and Timothy O’Brien Win Appeal in Whistleblower Lawsuit

Attorneys Tyler Smith and Tim O’Brien recently won a victory for a client in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in Lee v. Town of Denmark, 2019 ME 54. The plaintiff brought claims against our client for whistleblower retaliation, unpaid wages, and defamation. Attorneys Smith and O’Brien filed a successful motion for summary judgment in the trial court. The plaintiff then appealed the summary judgment order as to the whistleblower claim to the Maine Supreme Court. The Maine Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s summary judgment order, concluding that the complaints made by the plaintiff to the employer about perceived violations of his employment contract did not qualify as “whistleblowing” under the statute.

Tyler J. Smith

Tyler J. Smith
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Tyler’s practice is devoted to appeals, civil litigation, employment law, criminal defense, and defending operating under the influence charges. Before joining the firm in 2012, Tyler was a solo practitioner in Biddeford with a practice focused on criminal defense. After graduating law school, Tyler served as a judicial law clerk with the Maine Superior Court… Read more »

Timothy J. O'Brien

Timothy J. O’Brien
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Timothy J. O’Brien has over 30 years of litigation experience. As a former prosecutor and in the course of his work in civil litigation, he has tried numerous cases before judges and juries. His practice focuses on employment and collegiate sports law issues. Mr. O’Brien advises colleges, universities, athletic department administrators, SWA’s, coaches, student-athletes, attorneys, and… Read more »