DrummondWoodsum | Maine

Melissa A. Hewey

Office Phone: 207.253.0528
Email: mhewey@dwmlaw.com
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Practice Areas

  • Employer Liability
  • General Liability
  • Other Areas
  • Professional Liability
Melissa Hewey is a member of the Trial Services Group, focusing her practice on insurance defense, school law, higher education law, employment matters, and general commercial litigation.
She appears regularly before state and federal courts in Maine and New Hampshire as well as administrative agencies such as the Maine Human Rights Commission and New Hampshire Department of Labor. Melissa provides training to public and private entities throughout Maine and New Hampshire on a wide range of topics including sexual harassment, affirmative action, diversity and investigation technologies.
Melissa has been elected as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America's Trial Lawyer Honorary Society. She has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for over ten years in the categories of Employment Law-Management, Education Law, Labor and Employment Litigation, Municipal Litigation and Commercial Litigation. In 2014, Melissa was named Maine's Education Lawyer of the Year and in 2012 she was named Maine’s Best Lawyer of the Year in the category of Employment Law-Management. Melissa has also been selected by New England Super Lawyers as one of the top 100 lawyers and Benchmark Litigation has recognized Melissa as a Litigation Star in Maine as well as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation nationwide. She has also been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition in the Labor and Employment Law category. In addition, she is listed in Chambers USA, an independent guide to the top lawyers in the U.S., under the categories of Employment Defense and Commercial Litigation. She is also the first woman in the State of Maine to be inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Martindale Rating

AV Preeminent


  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1987
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Passamaquoddy Tribal Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire

Awards And Honors

  • Top 100 (Awarded by New England Super Lawyers)
  • Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year, Portland, ME (Awarded by Best Lawyers) 2012, 2016, 2018
  • Top 50 Women (Awarded by New England Super Lawyers) 2007-2018
  • Education Law Lawyer of the Year, Portland, ME (Awarded by Best Lawyers)
  • New England Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, General Litigation, Schools & Education 2007-2018
  • Best Lawyers USA
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • Chambers USA, Maine
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent
  • Katahdin Counsel, Honoring Pro Bono Legal Services in Maine 2012-2015
  • American College of Trial Attorneys, Awarded Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Awarded Fellow

Personal/Civil Memberships

  • Trial Law Institute
  • Member
  • College of School Attorneys
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Maine Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association


  • Employment & Labor
  • Higher Education
  • Litigation
  • Attorney Discipline
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation
  • Maritime Law
  • School & Education
  • Disability Law
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