Maine attorney for workers' compensation, criminal defense, civil litigation, and small business matters.

About Me

Passion. Intellect. Dedication.

Biography

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 four outright dismissals, an acquittal after a jury trial, 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 I am an unpublished fiction writer in my spare time, and I occasionally write a law blog.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.

 

 

 

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Education

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

Bar Admissions

• Maine