Jensen Baird Gardner and Henry
Jensen Baird Gardner and Henry
Jensen Baird Gardner and Henry

Michael A. Nelson

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Michael A. Nelson
(of Counsel)

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:


Michael A. Nelson

Michael Nelson has been a commercial litigator and trial lawyer with Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry for more than thirty years. He formerly chaired the Firm’s litigation department and served as its ethics counselor. He previously chaired the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Responsibility, and was an Adjunct Professor of Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics at the University of Maine School of Law. He frequently lectures on issues of professional responsibility and legal ethics and provides consultation and expert testimony on issues of professional responsibility and legal ethics.

Before joining Jensen Baird, Mike clerked for the Honorable John H. Pratt, United States District Court Judge for the District of Columbia. He subsequently was a prosecutor with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., until he came to Maine and joined Jensen Baird in 1980. Since that time, he has litigated and tried a wide range of commercial and business cases including those involving issues of antitrust, business torts, breach of contract, corporate disputes, defamation, employment discrimination, environmental issues, banking and lender liability issues, professional malpractice, and securities. Mike regularly acts as local counsel in federal court, assisting major out of state firms including Davis Polk & Wardwell, Morrison Foerster and DLA Piper.

Mike and his wife, Lucretia, live at Highland Green in Topsham.


Hamilton College, A.B. (with honors), 1969
Harvard University, M.A.T., 1970
George Washington University Law School (Order of the Coif), 1975

Admitted to Practice

State of Maine
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


Maine State Bar Association
American Bar Association (Litigation and Antitrust sections)


Rules Governing the Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Documents in Maine
Maine Bar Journal, Spring 2012
Constitutional Limits on Punitive Damages - How Much is Too Much?
Maine Bar Journal, 2008
Accountant Malpractice - The Comparative Negligence Defense
Maine Bar Journal, 2003
Dealing with the Lying Buyer; Documenting a Meeting Competition Defense to a Discriminatory Pricing Case
Maine Bar Journal, 1997
Defending Depositions Under the New Regime - Counsel as a "Potted Plant"
Maine Lawyer's Review, January 1997
A Practical Guide to the Arbitration of Claims against Stockbrokers
Maine Bar Journal, May 1985


Notable Cases

• A $3 million dollar jury verdict in a defamation case against a major brokerage firm (reduced on appeal);
• A $1.7 million dollar jury verdict for a local waste-to-energy facility in a design/construction case;
• A defense jury verdict on behalf of General Motors Acceptance Corporation in a lender liability case;
• A multi-million dollar settlement for a consortium of Maine municipalities in a breach of contract case;
• A successful settlement of a major monopolization case in the telecom industry after a one month jury trial;
• Representation of a large salmon farming company in defense of a class action brought under the Clean Water Act;
• Representation of a major accounting firm in defense of an accounting malpractice case;
• Representation of an international sardine processing company in defense of an antitrust price fixing case.


The Best Lawyers In America© for 10 consecutive years
Commercial Litigation
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

New England Super Lawyers 2015
Business Litigation

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