Michael E. Saucier joins Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion, LLC

Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion, LLC is pleased to announce that Michael E. Saucier has joined the firm as Counsel.  Michael’s areas of practice include civil rights and municipal liability, commercial litigation, employment practices liability, products liability, professional liability and property and casualty defense.  Michael joins the firm after having spent many years as a… Read more »

Circumstantial evidence can present a “convincing mosaic” of gender discrimination

So holds a recent decision by the First Circuit Court of Appeals. In Burns v. Johnson, — F.3d — (1st  Cir. 2016), the First Circuit vacated a district court’s decision granting summary judgment to an employer, after the district court concluded the employee’s evidence of gender bias amounted to speculative conclusions about a supervisor’s motivation.… Read more »

Opinion testimony by expert witnesses in divorce litigation

In addition to the evidentiary standards contained in the Maine Rules of Evidence, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court (the “Law Court”) has identified specific judicial standards and procedures that are applicable to the admissibility of expert testimony. While a primary test for admissibility are the Rules of Evidence, judicially crafted standards and limitations constitute a… Read more »

Opinion testimony by lay witnesses in divorce litigation

In divorce litigation, like civil litigation in general, opinion testimony is not limited to experts. Lay witnesses, especially the parties to a divorce case, may testify with respect to the valuation of real and personal property despite a lack of expertise. Rule 701 of the Maine Rules of Evidence provides that: If the witness is… Read more »

Tim O’Brien recognized for expertise in employment law

Chambers & Partners, an international organization that evaluates and ranks attorneys, has once again recognized Tim O’Brien, a founding partner at Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion, LLC, for his expertise in employment law in Maine in its recently released 2016 Guide for lawyers in the United States.  According to Chambers, the annual guide is the… Read more »

Common issues in adoptions

With the new enactment of the Maine Parentage Act coming up in July 2016, we are looking ahead to some changes that will be happening with adoptions in Maine. Before talking about those, however, it is worth revisiting adoptions generally and some common legal issues and considerations if you are considering an adoption. This article… Read more »

Aggravated drug trafficking convictions overturned in Law Court win

Tyler Smith successfully prosecuted an appeal before the Maine Law Court, State v. Pinkham, 2016 ME 59, resulting in the Court vacating three convictions for Aggravated Trafficking in Scheduled Drugs (Heroin). Maine’s drug trafficking laws provide that one way that someone can “traffick” in scheduled drugs is by possessing 2 grams or more of heroin,… Read more »

Gene Libby and Tara Rich to speak at “Lawyers in Libraries” program in Kennebunk on May 3, 2016

Because libraries are at the heart of our communities and justice is at the heart of our democracy, librarians and lawyers are joining forces!  In recognition of Law Day,  and in conjunction with the Lawyers in Libraries program, Maine lawyers will be present at prearranged times at many Maine public libraries throughout the state to… Read more »