Thomas L. Douglas

(207) 591-5747

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. (2003)
  • University of Massachusetts, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude  (1999)

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2003)
  • State of Maine (2005)
  • U.S. District Court, Maine (2005)
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts (2005)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit (2006)

Awards and Affiliations

  • Selected as an NESL “Super Lawyer” in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and as a “New England Rising Star” in business litigation in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 by Super Lawyers magazine (peer-rated to be in the top 2.5% of qualifying lawyers in New England)
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Board of Governors, Member (2011-2014)
  • My Place Teen Center, Westbrook, Board Member
  • Maine Inside Out, Circle of Directors

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Thomas Douglas is an experienced litigator who has successfully argued cases in state and federal courts throughout Maine, including the Maine Supreme Court.  Representative cases include general business disputes, intellectual property matters, wage and hour litigation, probate contests, residential and commercial construction cases, wrongful death and personal injury claims. Known for his client-first approach to each and every case, Thomas will work with you to create a strategy for resolving your case as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Thomas started his career at a large firm in Boston, and moved to Maine in 2004 to practice with a mid-sized firm in Portland. In his spare time, Thomas is an avid writer, musician and long distance runner.

Representative Cases

Brown v. Delta Tau Delta, et. al., 2015 ME 75 –  In a case of first impression in Maine, the Maine Supreme Court holds that national fraternities have a legal duty to prevent sexual misconduct by their members at chapter-sponsored events.

Smith v. Schwan’s Home Service, 2014 WL 6679128 (D.Me. 2014) – The District of Maine federal court holds that our client’s claims for unpaid overtime wages against a large national corporation can proceed to trial, denying defendant’s motion to dismiss the case and holding that although our client was a salaried employee, he may still be entitled to overtime compensation under federal and state law.

D.S. v. Spurwink Services, Inc., 2013 ME 31  – In case where mentally handicapped client claimed that she was assaulted due to negligence of private ‘therapy’ school, Maine Supreme Court holds that client’s claims do not constitute medical malpractice and can proceed to trial.

Biance v. Lemieux et al., Docket No. 2:11-cv-00429-NT (D.Me. 2012) – In complex business dispute involving claims under New York, New Hampshire and Maine law, the District of Maine federal court holds that client cannot be held personally liable for debts of corporation under New Hampshire corporate law.

Akers v. Akers, 2012 ME 75  –  Maine Supreme Court affirms ruling of trial court in favor of client, holding that best interests of client’s child would be best served by continuing primary, school-week residence with client and providing substantial contact with the child’s other parent.

Zuckerman v. Coastal Camps, Inc. 716 F.Supp.2d 23 (D.Me. 2010) – The District of Maine federal court holds that claims against summer camp for injuries to client caused by improper saddling of horse can proceed to trial, despite provisions of Maine’s Equine Activities Liability Act which preclude liability for injuries caused by the inherent risks of horseback riding.