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Brendan P. Rielly


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Brendan P. Rielly

brielly@jbgh.com

10 Free Street
P.O. Box 4510
Portland, ME 04112-4510
Phone: (207) 775-7271
Toll Free: 800-756-1166
Fax: (207) 775-7935

Area(s) of Practice:

Litigation

Probate Litigation

Government Services


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Brendan P. Rielly

Brendan Rielly has experience in a broad range of civil matters in both state and federal courts (including the First Circuit Court of Appeals) as well as before the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Brendan's practice area focuses on commercial litigation, real estate litigation (including easements and rights of way), school law, probate litigation, public utilities law, environmental compliance and personal injury. Brendan has also served as local counsel for major law firms in both state and federal courts. Brendan has also been a speaker at programs sponsored by the Maine School Management Association.  He serves as Chairman of the firm's Litigation Practice Group as well as the Probate Litigation Practice Group.

Brendan graduated from Bowdoin College (magna cum laude, 1992) where he was awarded the DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Award as the commencement speaker. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School (magna cum laude, 1996) which he attended under the Kiley Scholarship (a full tuition scholarship). He was awarded the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in the fields of Environmental Law, Constitutional Law and Complex Litigation. Brendan served as notes editor for the Notre Dame Law Review in which he published a note entitled Using RICO to Attack Environmental Crime: The Case for Listing Violations of RCRA as Predicate Offenses Under RICO.

Brendan is serving his sixth term as a City Councilor for the City of Westbrook, with the last four terms as Council President. In addition to coaching soccer, he serves on a variety of boards and committees, including the Westbrook Performing Arts Center Board and the Westbrook Children’s Cabinet, a United Way-sponsored organization dedicated to helping at-risk children. He is a former president of the Westbrook Education Foundation and of Rebuilding Together-Greater Portland, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to renovating houses for low-income individuals and families. He also serves as a representative to the Council of Governments.

Brendan is also the author of An Unbeaten Man, an award-winning thriller which won Best Crime Fiction at the 2016 Maine Literary Awards.  An Unbeaten Man is the first instalment in the Michael McKeon thriller series starring Bowdoin College microbiologist Michael McKeon. Brendan is a member of Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and International Thriller Writers.  He is the middle of three generations of published Maine authors, including his father and son.  Their books are available on Amazon, at local bookstores and at riellybooks.com.

Brendan lives in Westbrook with his wife, Erica, and three children, Morgan, Shannon and Maura.

Education

Bowdoin College, A.B., Government and Legal Studies, 1992
University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1996

Admitted to Practice

State of Maine
U.S.
District Court for the District of Maine
First Circuit Court of Appeals

Member

Maine State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Cumberland Bar Association
Maine Council of School Board Attorneys, Vice President

Publications

An Unbeaten Man, an award-winning thriller which won Best Crime Fiction at the 2016 Maine Literary Awards
Using RICO to Attack Environmental Crime: The Case for Listing Violations of RCRA as Predicate Offenses Under RICO

Honors

The Best Lawyers in America© for Regulatory Enforcement Litigation (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Best Lawyers® 2015 Regulatory Enforcement Litigation (SEC, Telecom, Energy) "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, ME
New England Super Lawyers
2016 for Business Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation, Schools & Education





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