Martha C. Gaythwaite

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  • Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1980), cum laude 
        
    Member, Suffolk University Law Review
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.A., 1975), cum laude

Highlights

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"She has a reputation for being able to manage cases at a very sophisticated level. She's extremely well prepared and has great judgment."
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ENVIRONMENTAL BLOG
Analysis and discussion of legal issues pertaining to the environment and natural resources.
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Admitted to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
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Best Lawyers® 2018 Portland, ME Product Liability Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year”
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AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
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Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars©.
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Listed as one of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation" in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation.
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"Local Litigation Star" in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation.
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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.

Biography

Martha is the Chair of Verrill Dana’s Litigation and Trial Group. An accomplished trial attorney committed to success on behalf of her clients, Martha is an ardent supporter of the civil jury system. Martha has spent the bulk of her professional career representing clients before juries. At last count, Martha had tried more than 150 civil jury trial cases to verdict. Over the years, Martha has handled a wide variety of complex commercial matters throughout the country including products liability cases arising from aviation, agricultural and workplace accidents, and medical devices.

In addition to handling jury trials, Martha has decades of experience handling non-jury and administrative matters. Although the focus of her trial work has involved catastrophic personal injury claims, Martha has developed a dedicated interest in environmental law, which started when she worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before becoming a lawyer.

Public Service

Grievance Commission Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, (2007 - 2009; 
    Panel Chair 2009 - 2012)
Lawyer's Fund for Client Protection, Trustee and Secretary, (2009 - 2015; 
    2017 - Present)
Fee Arbitration Commission, Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, Panel C, 
    Chair (2001 - 2004)
Fee Arbitration Panel, Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, Panel C, Member 
    (1998 - 2001)
My Place Teen Center, Board Member (2014 - Present)
BSA Troop 817, Treasurer and Advancement Committee Member 

Memberships

Defense Research Institute
Products Liability Advisory Council (PLAC)
Maine State Bar Association
Maine Trial Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocates

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1980), cum laude 
        
    Member, Suffolk University Law Review
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.A., 1975), cum laude

Clerkships

  • Hon. George Carr, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Hon. Thomas G. Wilson, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Hon. James Nixon, Massachusetts Superior Court

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1981
  • Maine, 1983
  • Florida, 1983
  • Connecticut, 2015

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 1983
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 1991

Honors

Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2019 Portland, Maine Mass
    Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2018 Portland, Maine Product 
    Liability Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Commercial Litigation, 
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Litigation - Health Care, 
    Litigation - Insurance, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Defendants, 
    and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 
    under Litigation: General Commercial
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under 
    Personal Injury - Products: Defense, Professional Liability: Defense
    Personal Injury - General: Defense    
Named as one of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation" by Benchmark 
    Litigation
(2014-2018)
Named a Local Litigation Star for Aviation, Environmental, Mass 
    Tort/Product Liability and Shipping & Maritime by Benchmark Litigation