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465 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 207-774-7474
Fax: 207-774-1343
www.rwlb.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 9545, Portland, ME 04112-9545

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Contract Disputes
  • Declaratory Judgments
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Retail Liability
  • Transportation
  • Workers' Compensation
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About Us
Who We Are

Richardson, Whitman, Large & Badger specializes in civil and commercial litigation. With offices in Portland and Bangor, Maine, the firm has a statewide practice. We have also handled cases in other states in association with other counsel.

The lawyers at RWLB have taken hundreds of cases to trial. We believe our success rate in the courtroom is unmatched. Winning trials is only half the story. Our goal is to work with you to manage your litigation, or pre-litigation dispute, in the most effective manner possible. If your case has not yet gone into litigation, we can help you try to avoid litigation either by suggesting ways to work with the potential parties or to settle the case. If the case is in litigation, we will give you an early assessment of the chances of a dismissal or summary judgment and the steps needed to get to that result. We will discuss the possibility and advisability of settlement with you from the beginning of the case. Whether we jointly determine that the case is one that should be settled or one that should be tried, we will help you determine what steps should be taken to obtain an advantageous result and minimize your litigation costs. We have years of experience in estimating costs and we strive to manage cases within a budget. We recognize that nine out of ten lawsuits will be settled or resolved before a verdict.

RWLB is a firm of twelve lawyers, with eight lawyers resident in the Portland office and four lawyers in the Bangor office. Most of our attorneys have been in practice over twenty years. We have three experienced paralegals and a very experienced staff, most of whom have also been at the firm for many years. We have strong personal relationships with our clients and their staffs. Our size and experience allow us to respond quickly and effectively to our clients’ needs.

Who We Represent

RWLB has represented hundreds of individuals and businesses in litigation and in regulatory proceedings. The firm’s clients include small family businesses, local Maine companies and some of the world’s largest multinational corporations. Our client list spans all sectors of the economy: automakers, construction contractors, equipment and consumer product manufacturers, retailers, doctors, lawyers, real estate brokers, veterinarians, grocery stores, insurance agencies, insurance companies, cities and municipalities. Many of our clients are local to Maine; even more are from all over the country.

Our firm is widely known as a defense firm because we handle a large and diverse volume of litigation for more than thirty insurance companies and many large, self insured corporations. Subject to certain criteria, the firm also represents individual and corporate clients as plaintiffs. We are experienced in working with our clients to set goals and budgets for each case. We are accustomed to satisfying our clients’ particular needs, ranging from special reporting requirements to electronic communication.
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Additional Locations
Bangor, Maine
1 Merchants Plaza, Suite 603
P.O. Box 2429 (04402-2429)
Bangor, Maine 04401
Telephone: 207-945-5900
Fax: 207-945-0758
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Acadia Insurance CompanyACE USA
Atlantic Mutual CompaniesAttorneys Liability Protection Society (ALPS)
CNA Insurance CompanyThe Concord Group Insurance Companies
Fireman's Fund Insurance CompaniesGreat American Insurance Company
Liberty Mutual Insurance CompanyMedical Mutual Insurance Company
Middlesex Mutual Assurance CompanyOneBeacon Insurance
Patrons Oxford Insurance CompanyProgressive Insurance Company
St. Paul TravelersUnited Services Automobile Association (USAA)
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Personnel Information
Shareholders
John S. Whitman
Portland, ME
Admitted
  • California, 1973
  • Maine, 1976
Memberships:
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Harvard College, B.A., 1967
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1972
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Wendell G. Large
Portland, ME
Admitted
  • Maine, 1978
Memberships:
  • Maine State Bar Association (Board of Governors)
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association (Advisory Board)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • The University of North Carolina, A.B., 1975
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1978
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Frederick J. Badger, Jr.
Bangor
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1969
  • Maine, 1972
Memberships:
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Kent State University, B.A., 1965
  • The Ohio State University, J.D., 1968
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Elizabeth G. Stouder
Portland, ME
Admitted
  • Maine, 1983
Memberships:
  • Gignoux Inns of Court
Education:
  • Middlebury College, B.A. (cum laude), 1979
  • Temple University, J.D. (cum laude), 1983
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Barri Lynn Bloom
Portland, ME
Admitted
  • New York, 1981
  • Maine, 1985
Education:
  • Cornell University, B.S., 1977
  • Boston University, J.D., 1980
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Frederick F. Costlow
Bangor
Admitted
  • Maine, 1988
Education:
  • Shenandoah Conservatory, B.M.E., 1974
  • Vermont Law School, J.D./M.S.L. (cum laude), 1988
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Thomas R. McKeon
Portland, ME
Admitted
  • Maine, 1992
Memberships:
  • Gignoux Inns of Court
Education:
  • Colby College, B.A., 1982
  • Columbia University, M.A., 1986
  • Boston College, J.D. (cum laude), 1992
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Associates
Carol I. EisenbergHeidi J. Hart
Joseph L. Cahoon Jr.Joshua A. Randlett
Of Counsel
Gerard O. Fournier

Additional Links
Maine Insurance Law Digest
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(Revisors of the Maine Insurance Law Digest for this Publication)