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Thompson Bowie & Hatch LLC


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Thompson Bowie & Hatch LLC traces its roots to a three-person insurance defense firm started in 1978. Today it is a mid-sized law firm providing a wide range of litigation-oriented services throughout Northern New England. For almost four decades, we have helped shape the law in Maine. For example, our attorneys helped define both the nature and the burden of proof for punitive damages. We helped establish the limits on emotional distress recovery in claims against attorneys. Our attorneys also outlined the parameters of when liability may be imposed upon franchisors for the acts of their franchisees. We have reinforced the narrow contours of the Maine Tort Claims Act’s immunity provisions, limiting the liability of governmental entities. Our influence stretches beyond Maine, to and throughout Northern New England. In New Hampshire, our attorneys worked to establish the continuing duty to warn of a product defect. With our place on the cutting edge of a wide range of legal issues, we continue to be a prominent force in the development of the law in Maine and throughout Northern New England.

Areas of practice: Our clients benefit from the attorneys at Thompson Bowie & Hatch LLC’s decades of experience in several diverse and distinct areas of the law across New England. No matter the issue, our attorneys stand ready to use that know-how to achieve effective and creative legal solutions that provide positive results for our clients.

Thompson Bowie & Hatch LLC handles a wide range of diverse cases and disputes. We also provide assistance in negotiating contracts and in the identification of risk, so as to assist clients in both managing and avoiding risk. We are regularly involved in complex multi-party litigation. Our attorneys are experienced in professional liability, products liability, insurance, construction and transportation litigation, maritime and admiralty law, as well as the representation of municipalities and law enforcement personnel in administrative and civil rights litigation. We also have extensive experience in more traditional tort litigation, such as premises liability, personal injury and automobile litigation. As the firm has grown, we have represented a diverse range of clients, ranging from individuals to small businesses to insurance carriers, large institutional clients and multi-national corporations. Our practice has evolved from being focused solely on litigation to assisting clients in structuring transactions and evaluating projects so as to minimize and manage problems when they do arise.


Thompson Bowie & Hatch LLC is metro ranked in 9 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Portland-ME, ME
Tier 1 for Construction Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 1 for Litigation - Construction
Tier 1 for Mediation

About Our Clients

  • Acadia Insurance Co.
  • American Commerce Insurance
  • Arch Insurance Group
  • Argonaut Insurance Co.
  • Avis Inc.
  • Canal Insurance
  • Chubb Group
  • City of Portland
  • CNA Insurance Co.
  • Crum & Forster
  • Fitchburg Mutual Insurance Co.
  • GEICO Insurance
  • General Star Insurance Co.
  • Hartford, Hertz Corp.
  • Maine Healthcare Association Workers' Compensation
  • Maine Municipal Association
  • Norfolk & Dedham Group
  • Patrons Oxford Insurance Co.
  • Philadelphia Insurance Co.
  • Portland School Department
  • Scottsdale Insurance Co.
  • Sedgwick
  • Shaw's Supermarkets
  • XL Insurance Co.


Metro Rankings

Portland-ME, ME
Tier 1 for Construction Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 1 for Litigation - Construction
Tier 1 for Mediation
Tier 1 for Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 2 for Admiralty and Maritime Law
Tier 2 for Arbitration
Tier 2 for Litigation - Insurance

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Arbitration
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Municipal Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Real Estate Law
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

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Main Location

Portland, ME
415 Congress Street, Fifth Floor
P.O. Box 4630
Portland, ME 04112-4630
United States
207-774-2500 Call our Portland, ME location at 207-774-2500 Get Directions Get directions to our Portland, ME location

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