Adam R. Lee is an attorney at the law firm of Trafton, Matzen, Belleau & Frenette, LLP, a general services law firm in Auburn, Maine, where he adds his litigation experience to the firm’s innovative and needs-focused team of professionals.
Adam joined the firm in 2016 after previously serving as associate corporation counsel for the City of Portland, Maine, from January 2015 to June 2016. In that capacity, he served as Portland’s primary litigation attorney. Additionally, he provided in-house advice, guidance and representation to the Zoning Board of Appeals, Building Inspections/Code Enforcement Division, Business Licensing, and Fire Department.
From September 2008 to December 2014, Adam was an associate attorney at a mid-sized Auburn firm. There, alongside Jamie E. Belleau and Marc N. Frenette, he built an extensive civil litigation practice, which included pre-trial, trial and appellate experience in municipal, commercial, employment, public utility/energy, criminal and general civil litigation matters. He was lead trial counsel in various types of cases, including municipal, employment contracts, real estate partition, foreclosure, and probate. He drafted numerous motions and several prevailing appellate briefs and successfully argued highly complex appeals to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Immediately following law school, Adam served as a judicial law clerk for Justices Jabar, Marden, Mills, and Nivison of the Maine Superior Court in Augusta, Maine. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Texas (Austin), with a B.A. in history and minor in sociology. While there, he received the George and Virginia Nokes scholarship award for debate and was named as one of 30 All-American Debaters 2001–2002 by the Cross-Examination Debate Association. He received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, in 2007 from the Vermont Law School at South Royalton, serving as the Class of 2007’s commencement speaker. During that time, Adam was a research fellow with the Environmental Tax Policy Institute.
Adam was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 2013. He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Maine and New Hampshire as well as the First Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Maine and Androscoggin County Bar Associations and participates in the ROMA group of Maine Municipal Attorneys.
Adam is deeply involved in public service in Lewiston/Auburn. He has been a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor since 2009; his Little Brother was nine when they met and is now in high school. He has been a been a member of the board of directors of the Lewiston Education Fund, has coached debate at Edward Little High School, has been a P.A.L. umpire, and has volunteered at the Lewiston/Auburn YMCA. In 2014, Adam stepped up to serve as the director of the Lewiston/Auburn Triple Crown 5K series. In addition to this, Adam was the Ward 4 representative to the Auburn City Council. He is also deeply interested in the enhancement of the community and is bullish on the potential growth of Lewiston/Auburn. He continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council.
Adam lives in Auburn with his wife, Heidi McCarthy, and three cats. When he’s not working or volunteering, you’ll find him running (slowly). Adam and Heidi are well along in their goal to run a 5K in all 50 states before they reach the age of 50.