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Tyler Smith is selected for 2017 Maine State Bar Association Leadership Academy

Tyler Smith, an associate attorney at Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion, LLC, was selected to participate in the 2017 Maine State Bar Association Leadership Academy.  The Leadership Academy is an eight month program designed to foster professional growth and leadership skills among member attorneys who have been in practice for more than two years but… Read more »

Gene R. Libby and Timothy J. O’Brien Recognized by Best Lawyers

Two partners at Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion, LLC  – Gene R. Libby and Timothy J. O’Brien – were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.©   Gene Libby was selected by Best Lawyers® for the practice areas of Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, and Family Law.… Read more »

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 »