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    - J.W., East Machias.

Our Attorneys

Peter Thompson Picture of Peter Thompson Justia Profile Google Plus

For over 20 years, Attorney Thompson has fought to protect the rights of employees. Peter is "AV Preeminent" rated by Martindale-Hubbell©, a well-respected peer review organization that rates lawyers based on input from judges and other well-respected members of the legal community. He has also been designated a New England "Super Lawyer"© from 2007 to the present and is listed in U.S. News "Best Lawyers in America"© directory, the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide in the legal profession worldwide.

Peter has successfully litigated several nationally-reported cases including Arnold v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 136 F.3d 854 (1st Cir. 1998), Duckworth v. Pratt & Whitney, Inc., 152 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 1998), and Hall v. Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust, 93 F. Supp. 2d 73 (D. Me. 2000).

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Member: Million Dollar Advocates Forum

New England "Super Lawyer" 2007-present

Education

J.D., University of Maine School of Law
Managing Editor, Maine Law Review

B.A., Bowdoin College

Professional & Bar Association Memberships
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
Published Cases
  • Duckworth v. Pratt & Whitney, Inc., 152 F. 3d 1 (1st Cir. 1998) (lower court ruling granting Defendant's MSJ reversed).
  • Arnold v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 136 F. 3d 854 (1st Cir. 1998) (lower court ruling granting Defendant's MSJ reversed).
  • Hall v. Maine Mun. Employees Health Trust, 93 F. Supp. 2d 73 (D. Maine, 2000) (Defendant’s Motion to Remand denied).
  • Lafortune v. Fiber Materials, Inc., D. Maine, 2004 (Defendant's MSJ denied).
  • Phair v. New Page Corp., 708 F. Supp. 2d 57 (D. Maine, 2010) (Defendant’s MSJ denied).
  • Donahue v. Clair Car Connection, Inc., 736 F. Supp. 2d 294 (D. Maine, 2010) (Defendant’s MSJ denied).
  • Duckworth v. Mid-State Machine Products, 736 F. Supp. 2d 278 (D. Maine, 2010) (Defendant’s MSJ denied).
  • Jewell v. Lincare, Inc., 810 F. Supp. 2d 340 (D. Maine, 2011) (Defendant's Motion to Dismiss denied).
  • Blanco v. Bath Iron Works Corp., 802 F. Supp. 2d 215 (D. Maine, 2011) (Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss denied).
  • Manske v. UPS Cartage Services, Inc., 870 F. Supp. 2d 185 (D. Maine, 2012) (Defendant’s MSJ denied).
  • Stark v. Hartt Transp. Systems, Inc., 37 F. Supp. 3d 445 (D. Me. 2014) (Defendant's MSJ denied).

Chad HansenPicture of Chad Hansen

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Chad represents employees in all manner of employee rights litigation including disability discrimination, age discrimination, religious discrimination, sex discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, sexual harassment, medical leave violations, and failure to accommodate claims. He has both first chaired and second chaired employee rights cases to successful verdicts. Chad is listed in U.S. News "Best Lawyers in America"© directory (Employment Law - Individuals), the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide in the legal profession.

After graduating from the University of Colorado School of Law, Chad worked for the National Organization for Women (“NOW”) National Judicial Education Program which educates the judiciary with regard to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Chad worked for three years as a staff attorney for the Maine Disability Rights Center where he focused on disability discrimination in employment, public accommodation, and education and has worked for the Employee Rights Group for the past ten years. Chad is a member of the firm.

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Chad is the President of the Board of Directors for Disability Rights Maine, Maine’s federally funded Protection and Advocacy Agency.

Education

J.D., University of Colorado School of Law

B.A., Luther College

Reported Cases
  • Warren v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 495 F.Supp.2d 86 (D.Me., June 15, 2007)
  • Rhoades v. Camden Nat. Corp., 575 F.Supp.2d 260 (D.Me., September 08, 2008)
  • Duckworth v. Mid-State Machine Products, 703 F.Supp.2d 35 (D.Me., April 04, 2010)
  • Phair v. New Page Corp., 708 F.Supp.2d 57 (D.Me., April 15, 2010)
  • Manske v. UPS Cartage Services, Inc., 789 F.Supp.2d 213 (D.Me. June 8, 2011)
  • Blanco v. Bath Iron Works Corp., 802 F. Supp.2d 215 (D.Me. July 6, 2011)
  • Manfield v Alutiiq Intern. Solutions, Inc., 851 F.Supp.2d 196 (D. Me. July 10, 2012)
  • Stark v. Hartt Transp. Systems, Inc., 37 F. Supp. 3d 445 (D. Me. 2014)

Allan TownsendPicture of Allan Townsend

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Allan has fought to protect workers' rights his entire career in all types of employment law cases. He has successfully represented clients in court, including in jury trials, and before government agencies. Allan is "AV Preeminent" rated by Martindale-Hubbell©. From 2010 to 2018, Allan served as a Senior Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ"), Civil Rights Division, in Washington, DC, where he protected the rights of employees of state and local governments as well as military service members. DOJ entrusted Allan to represent the United States in some of its most high profile cases including a large class action challenging the New York City Fire Department's (FDNY) pattern of discrimination against Black and Hispanic applicants-which settled for about $100 million-and the first-ever employment discrimination lawsuit that DOJ filed to protect the rights of a transgender individual.

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Allan served as a member of the Civil Rights Division’s LGBTI Working Group. The LGBTI Working Group advised the Division’s leadership on legal and policy issues relating to discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, and HIV/AIDS status. Through his work with the LGBTI Working Group and his experience in litigation Allan became very well versed in the legal issues that LGBTI workers face and the laws that protect them.

Education

J.D., The Ohio State University, 2002

B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1999

Awards
  • Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award
  • Civil Rights Division’s Distinguished Service Award
  • Special Commendation Award from Civil Rights Division
  • DOJ Pride’s James R. Douglass Award (DOJ Pride is the recognized organization for LGBT DOJ employees and allies)
Significant Cases