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415 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 207-774-2500
Fax: 207-774-3591
www.thompsonbowie.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4630, Portland, ME 04112-4630
Established: 1978

Practice Areas
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance
  • Municipal Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Transportation
  • Workers' Compensation
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About Us
THOMPSON BOWIE & HATCH LLC is a firm of 14 lawyers. Our practices focus on civil litigation throughout Maine and New Hampshire. We are committed to achieving the highest quality results for our clients, whether through trial, alternative dispute resolution, or settlement. Our lawyers regularly assist clients with disputes involving admiralty & maritime issues, products liability & food claims, professional liability, civil rights & municipal liability, commercial litigation, transportation & trucking, employment & workers' compensation as well as traditional property & casualty claims. We also provide coverage opinions, insurance counseling services and have a very active alternative dispute resolution practice.

For more information about our attorneys, please visit our website at – www.thompsonbowie.com
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Acadia Insurance CompanyAmerican Commerce Insurance Company
Arch Insurance GroupArgonaut Insurance Company
Automobile Club Insurance CompanyCanal Insurance Company
Cannon Cochran Management Services, Inc.Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
CIGNA Property and Casualty Insurance CompanyClarendon National Insurance Company
CNA Insurance CompaniesCrum & Forster Insurance Group
Fitchburg Mutual Insurance CompanyGEICO Insurance Companies
General Star Indemnity CompanyGreat American Insurance Company
Hanover Insurance GroupThe Hartford Insurance Group
Maine Municipal AssociationNorfolk & Dedham Group
Patriot Insurance CompanyPatrons Oxford Insurance Company
Pawtucket Insurance CompanyPhiladelphia Insurance Companies
St. Paul TravelersSedgwick Group
SynernetUnited States Liability Insurance Group
Western Litigation, Inc.W.R. Berkley Corporation
XL Insurance Company, Ltd.
Non-Insurance Clients
Avis Budget Group, Inc.Avis Rent-A-Car System, LLC
City of PortlandThe Hertz Corporation
National Food Processors AssociationPortland School Department
Schneider National, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Partners
James M. Bowie, Managing Partner
Portland, ME
E-Mail:jbowie@thompsonbowie.com
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Practice Areas
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Maine, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
Additional Biographical Details:
Mediation Arbitration and Early Neutral Evaluation Panels Maintained by CADRES for the Maine Superior Court
Memberships:
  • American, Maine State and Cumberland County Bar Associations
  • Center for Professional Responsibility
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association
  • Professional Ethics Commission of the Board of Overseers of the Bar
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Bowdoin College, A.B. (cum laude), 1974
  • The University of Maine, J.D. (cum laude), 1977
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Paul C. Catsos
Portland, ME
E-Mail:pcatsos@thompsonbowie.com
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Practice Areas
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Transportation
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Maine, 1989
  • New Hampshire, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine, 1989
  • Superior Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire, 2011
Memberships:
  • Maine State, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Cumberland County Bar Associations
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Southern Maine Claims Association
  • Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Cornell University, B.A., 1982
  • Suffolk University, J.D. (cum laude), 1989
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Rebecca H. Farnum
Portland, ME
E-Mail:rfarnum@thompsonbowie.com
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Practice Areas
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Maine, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
Memberships:
  • American (Construction Forum), Maine State and Cumberland County Bar Associations
  • Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Colby College, B.A., 1973
  • The University of Maine, J.D., 1977
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Dale L. Gavin
Portland, ME
E-Mail:dgavin@thompsonbowie.com
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Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Maine, 1983
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine, 1983
Memberships:
  • Maine State and New Hampshire Bar Associations
  • Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Colby College, A.B. (magna cum laude), 1977
  • Stanford University, M.A., 1979
  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 1983
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Robert C. Hatch
Portland, ME
E-Mail:rhatch@thompsonbowie.com
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Practice Areas
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property and Casualty
Admitted
  • Maine, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2002
Memberships:
  • American, Maine State and Cumberland County Bar Associations
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Hamilton College, A.B., 1995
  • Oxford University, England
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 2000
Law Review:
University of Maine Law Review, 1998-2000
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to the Hon. Donald G. Alexander, Maine Supreme Judicial Court
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Rosie M. Williams
Portland, ME
E-Mail:rwilliams@thompsonbowie.com
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Practice Areas
  • Employment
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Maine, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2007
Memberships:
  • American and Maine State Bar Associations
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • Gignoux Inn of Court
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Vermont, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2001
  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 2006
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Associates
Hillary J. Bouchard
Portland, ME
E-Mail:hbouchard@thompsonbowie.com
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Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Professional Liability
  • Property and Casualty
  • Transportation
Admitted
  • Maine, 2006
  • Massachusetts, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2013
Memberships:
  • American, Maine State and Cumberland County Bar Associations
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Colby College, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2002
  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2006
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Twain Braden
Portland, ME
E-Mail:tbraden@thompsonbowie.com
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Practice Areas
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • New Hampshire, 2009
  • Maine, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Memberships:
  • Maine State and New Hampshire Bar Associations
  • The Propeller Club
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Education:
  • Hobart College, B.A., 1996
  • University of Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Charleston School of Law, J.A. (cum laude), 2007
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Sarah Y. Gayer
Portland, ME
E-Mail:sgayer@thompsonbowie.com
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Practice Areas
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Maine, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
Memberships:
  • American, Maine State and Cumberland County Bar Associations
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association
  • Gignoux Inn of Court
  • The Propeller Club
  • Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA)
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Education:
  • Bowdoin College, B.A. (cum laude), 2005
  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 2008
Language:
  • Russian
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Brendan R. O'Rourke
Portland, ME
E-Mail:borourke@thompsonbowie.com
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Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • Municipal Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property and Casualty
Admitted
  • Maine, 2013
  • New Hampshire, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2015
Memberships:
  • American, Maine State, New Hampshire and Cumberland County Bar Associations
  • Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Gignoux Inn of Court, 2016-2019
Education:
  • Northeastern University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2008
  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2013
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Of Counsel
Jason P. Donovan
Portland, ME
E-Mail:jdonovan@thompsonbowie.com
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Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Municipal Liability
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Maine, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • American, Maine State and Cumberland County Bar Associations
  • Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Loyola College, B.A. (cum laude), 1992
  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2006
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Leonard W. Langer
Portland, ME
E-Mail:lwlanger@thompsonbowie.com
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Practice Areas
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Property and Casualty
Admitted
  • Maine, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
Additional Biographical Details:
U.S. District Court, District of Maine (Chairman, Local Rules Advisory Committee); State of Maine (ex officio, Civil Rules Committee)
Memberships:
  • Federal, American, Maine State and Cumberland County Bar Associations
  • Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association
  • The Propeller Club
  • Defense Research Institute
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Publications:
  • Author, Comment: "The Validity of the Restrictions on the Modern Advisory Opinion," 29 Maine Law Review 305 (1978)
Education:
  • Colgate University, B.A. (cum laude), 1973
  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1978
Law Review:
Editor, Maine Law Review, 1977-1978
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Elizabeth K. Peck
Portland, ME
E-Mail:epeck@thompsonbowie.com
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Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property and Casualty
Admitted
  • Maine, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1991
Memberships:
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Mount Holyoke College, A.B., 1983
  • The University of Maine, J.D., 1988
Law Review:
Editorial Board, Maine Law Review, 1987-1988
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Roy E. Thompson, Jr.
Portland, ME
E-Mail:rthompson@thompsonbowie.com
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Maine, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Memberships:
  • Maine State and Aroostook County Bar Associations
  • Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Yale University, B.A., 1967
  • Boston College, J.D., 1973
Military:
Lieut., U.S. Naval Reserve, active duty, 1967-1970
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High Profile Cases
Erlich v. Ouellette, Labonte, Roberge & Allen P.A., 637 F.3d 32 (1st Cir. 2011); Rainey v. Langen, 2010 ME 56, 998 A.2d 342; Garland v. Roy, 2009 ME 86, 976 A.2d 940; Tolliver v. MDOT, 2008 ME 83, 948 A.2d 1223; Northeast Insurance Co. v. Young, 2011 ME 89, 26 A.3d 794; Estate of Lewis v. GEICO General Insurance Company, 600 F. Supp.2d 220 (D. Me. 2009); Estate of Joyce v. Commercial Welding Co., 2012 ME 62, 55 A.3d 411; Hardenbergh v. Patrons Oxford Ins. Co., 2013 ME 68, 70 A.3d 1237; Cabatit v. Canders, 2014 ME 133; Savell v. KRZ, 2016 ME 139
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