Jonathan M. Dunitz

Counsel
T: (207) 253-4478
  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 1993), magna cum laude
  • Ithaca College (B.A., 1988)

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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018.
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Recognized as Katahdin Counsel in 2016.

Biography

Overview of practice and “all that jazz”

Jonathan’s law practice is composed of insurance coverage and litigation, commercial litigation, complex family law, and appeals. His multi-faceted practice and his creative, analytical approach to complex legal issues are a natural extension of his training as a classical and jazz musician and as a photographer. This background enables him to work intuitively with simultaneously moving and sometimes dissonant parts. Whether the circumstances require application of tried and true methods or on the spot improvisation, he always looks for the best light for our clients.

Insurance Coverage

Jonathan’s insurance coverage and litigation practice includes all facets of insurance coverage and bad faith matters. In almost 20 years of first and third party insurance coverage work, Jonathan has analyzed and litigated a broad spectrum of policy types, provisions and claims. From the smallest first party property claim to complex, third-party coverage litigation involving 60 underlying lawsuits Jonathan has breadth and depth of experience in this area.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Jonathan's experience in complex commercial litigation includes representation of clients in a wide array of matters including breach of purchase and sale agreements, complex licensing agreements, trade secrets, interference with contract, palming off, breach of fiduciary duty and business valuation and profits. Among Jonathan's strengths in this area is his ability to analyze complicated financial damages calculations and business valuation. He is co-editor of the fourth edition of The Comprehensive Guide to Economic Damages, published by Business Valuation Resources.

Family Law

Although not an obvious relationship, Jonathan’s experience in complex commercial litigation was the background that led him to practicing family law. His understanding of business valuation and related commercial issues is a natural fit for family law cases involving closely held companies or significant marital and non-marital assets. In addition, Jonathan is dedicated to pro bono family law work for people of limited means. He was a recipient of Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program honors, which recognizes Maine attorneys who have devoted 50 or more hours of pro bono work, in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Appellate

Jonathan has argued appeals before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and the United States’ First Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also written numerous appellate briefs.

Up Close and Personal

Jonathan resides in South Portland, Maine. His photography is regularly exhibited in both solo and group shows in Maine and New York; in 2009 he was one of twelve New England photographers selected to present their work at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. Jonathan played trumpet in various ensembles in and around Maine until retiring from that avocation in 2007. In 2015 he returned to cycling, completing the 180 mile Trek Across Maine to raise funds for the American Lung Association; he looks forward to participating in 2016. Jonathan is an Eagle Scout.

Public Service

Member, Maine Justice Action Group Pro Bono Committee
Maine State Bar Association Board of Governors (2015-2016)
Ithaca College Alumni Admissions Representative
Steering Committee, The Contemporaries at the Portland Museum of Art (2005-
    2007)
Board Member, Maine Academy for Modern Music (2014-2015)
Board of Trustees, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (2007-2013)
Portland's Friends of the Park Commission (2004-2009)
President, Casco Bay Concert Band Board of Directors (1996-2001)

Memberships

American Bar Association
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Defense Research Institute; Former Chair, Excess, Umbrella & Surplus Insurance 
    Substantive Law Subcommittee
Maine State Bar Association
Cumberland County Bar Association

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 1993), magna cum laude
  • Ithaca College (B.A., 1988)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 1993

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2004

Honors

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Litigation - Insurance
Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for Pro Bono efforts (2016)