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James A. Clifford

  • Civil Rights, Consumer Law, Criminal Law ...
  • Maine, Massachusetts
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Summary

James Clifford focuses his practice on employment law, commercial litigation, disability rights, and special education law and advocacy. He is admitted to the Maine and Massachusetts Bars, the U.S. District Courts in Maine and Massachusetts, and First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jim began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts, then became a commercial litigation associate at large law firms in Portland and Boston. Thereafter, he served as general counsel to several start ups and small businesses. He returned to private practice in 2007.

Jim grew up in Lewiston and comes from a long line of lawyers and public servants. He obtained a B.A. in History and Government from Colby College and graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School, where he was awarded the Drinan Fellowship in Criminal Law.

Jim has had a lifelong interest and commitment to advocating for people with disabilities. Prior to earning his law degree, Jim taught school and worked with young adults with developmental disabilities. A significant part of his law practice focuses on representing injured or disabled individuals. On a more personal level, he is also a parent of a child receiving special education services. Jim serves on the board of Disability Rights Center, Maine's protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities; Southern Maine Parent Awareness, a statewide parent advocacy group; and StriveU, which provides services for young adults with developmental disabilities as they transition from high school.

Jim is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), Maine State Bar Association, Maine Employment Lawyers Association, and Maine Trial Lawyers Association. Jim also sits on the Town of Cumberlandâs Housing Authority and Personnel Appeals Board. He is an avid Red Sox fan, and enjoys golf and skiing. He and his family live in Cumberland.

Education
Suffolk University Law School
J.D.
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Honors: Cum Laude
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Colby College
B.A.
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Maine
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Massachusetts
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1st Circuit
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free 30 minute consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Personal Injury, Social Security Disability (SSI/SSDI), Employment Discrimination (Disability Discrimination, Race Discrimination, Gender Discrimination, Whistleblower Protection and Retaliation Claims), Wage and Hour Claims, Sexual Harassment Claims, Hostile Work Environment Claims
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $190-$225 per hour
Practice Areas
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
    Consumer Law
    Class Action, Lemon Law
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Education Law
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Social Security Disability
Additional Practice Areas
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Public Benefits
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Website
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Attorney
One Monument Way
Suite 421
Portland, ME 04101
Telephone: (207) 985-3200