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Personal Injury Attorneys in Maine

Bill hardy

Bill Hardy

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Personal injury lawyer Bill Hardy has focused his career on helping injured residents of Maine receive the money they deserve from insurance companies. He started practice in 1973 and has been working in the Portland and Lewiston area as a personal injury attorney ever since. For 30 plus years he has been fighting for the rights of the injured.

Bill Hardy was born in Farmington, Maine, attended Colby College, and served in the U. S. Air Force in the United States and Vietnam. He was a news producer for a Boston Television station before beginning his career in personal injury law.

Bill Hardy has served in various capacities for the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and the Maine Bar Association, and he is a member of both.

Although Mr. Hardy is no longer active in trial practice, he remains associated with the Maine lawyers of Hardy, Wolf & Downing.

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Sheldon Tepler

Sheldon Tepler

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Personal injury attorney Sheldon Tepler graduated from State University of New York at Binghamton in 1976. He went on to complete a master's degree at Columbia University and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1981. He clerked for the Honorable Richard Arnold of the Federal Eighth Court of Appeals ( Little Rock, Arkansas), after which he moved to Maine and worked for the Attorney General's office. He joined the team of Lewiston and Portland personal injury lawyers at Hardy, Wolf & Downing in February of 1984 and has been a partner since 1986. Sheldon has litigated hundreds of personal injury and car accident claims throughout Maine. He has been honored both by civic groups and the Maine Bar Association.
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Michael Welch

Michael Welch

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Maine attorney Michael Welch has practiced personal injury law for the last 25 years. He is known as a forceful advocate for his clients. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Northeastern University with highest honors in 1979 and graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1985. Michael Welch is licensed in Massachusetts and Maine, and he has been practicing law in Maine as a personal injury attorney since 1985. He is a member of the Maine State Bar Association, Maine Trial Lawyers Association, and American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA). Michael Welch has also been very active in the community, staying involved with youth sports and serving as a board member for Advocates For Children - the local child abuse and neglect council.
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Christian Lewis

Christian Lewis

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Attorney Christian Lewis joined the firm in 2006. He is an active trial attorney handling personal injury cases. He is a graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law, (J.D., 2006), and James Madison University, (B.A., 1996). Christian is a member of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) and sits on both the MTLA Board of Governors and Legislative Committee.  He is a member of the board for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, and is also a member of the Town of Cumberland Board of Adjustment and Appeals, as well as the Maine Bar Association. Before attending law school, Christian was an analyst with the U.S. Department of Justice. While working for the federal government, he attended the National Intelligence University and earned a Master’s of Science degree, (MSSI, 2004). Christian enjoys many different outdoor activities including motorcycling, fishing, and skiing.
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William Herbert III

William C. Herbert III

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Will began his career as a prosecuting attorney in Columbus, Ohio, directing criminal investigations and representing municipalities.  Will transitioned to private practice in 2013 when he moved to Maine and began focusing on trial law, including personal injury, criminal defense, family, and general real estate litigation.   In 2015, Will joined the personal injury practice of Hardy Wolf & Downing, and now devotes his entire practice to trial work in the personal injury context.

Will earned his Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and holds dual bachelor degrees in English and Political Science from The Ohio State University, which he earned with honors.   In law school, Will served as a managing editor on Ohio State’s Criminal Law Journal, was an executive member of the Criminal law Society, and received Ohio State’s Award for Excellence in Criminal Law. 

Since 2013, Will and his wife Jenna have lived in Androscoggin County, enjoying time with family and the Maine outdoors.  In his spare time, Will plays the bass guitar and the drums, enjoys long-distance endurance races, and spending time outside.

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For more than 40 years, our personal injury lawyers in Portland and Lewiston have helped Maine accident victims receive fair compensation from insurance companies. We represent victims of car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, traumatic brain injury, and personal injury in the Portland, Lewiston, Auburn, and Bangor areas of Maine.