Zachary J. Smith, Esq.
I have handled dozens of workers' compensation cases for injured employees, recovering hundreds of thousands of dollars through settlements and decrees. I have represented dozens of accused criminals, helping to reach reasonable plea agreements in most cases; and I have worked to get five outright dismissals, an acquittal after a jury trial, a mistrial with a hung jury, and lower sentences on several "open pleas."
Before becoming a lawyer, I spent twenty years in the grind of the working world at a range of workplaces that included supermarkets, warehouses, department stores, and law offices — and I believe this firsthand knowledge of employment issues has given me an edge in representing injured workers. I have a B.A. in English from the University of Southern Maine, where I also studied philosophy and economics, and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, where I focused on business law, criminal law, and civil litigation and was active in student groups. After graduating law school a semester early, I took Maine’s February 2014 bar exam and earned an award for my score. I became an attorney in May 2014 and moved from Portland to Bangor two months later. I worked for a small firm in the area for three years and then left to establish my own practice. I am an unpublished fiction writer in my spare time, and I occasionally write a law blog. I have been working on a major law book project since 2015. I live with my wife and three cats and one dog.
University of Maine School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2014 (graduated one semester early)
University of Southern Maine
B.A., English, 2011 (graduated cum laude)
Activities & Affiliations
Maine State Bar Association, member
Penobscot County Bar Association, member
Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, member
Bubba's Angels, Inc. (501(c) non-profit), legal counsel