Rudman Winchell Welcomes Four New Attorneys

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Rudman Winchell, Counselors at Law in Bangor, Maine is proud to announce that Attorneys Caitlyn S. Smith, Katie R. Foster, Kristy M. Hapworth, and Rachel M. Trafton have all joined the firm as associates.

“We look forward to the contributions these young women will make to our firm and to our clients in the coming years.” says Ed Bearor, Rudman Winchell Managing Partner. “Each is from this area and each has had a successful academic career from which we fully expect they will transition into productive members of the legal community.”

Caitlyn S. Smith focuses her practice at Rudman Winchell on litigation, primarily in the areas of family and criminal law. Caitlyn is a member of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, Maine State Bar Association and the John Waldo Ballou Inn of Court.

Caitlyn is a native of Maine, graduating from Bangor High School in 2007. She received her B.A. in English with a minor in Political Science and History, cum laude, from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in 2011. Caitlyn graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2014 where she received the Cali award for the highest grades in Juvenile Justice and Children and the Law. She is admitted to practice before the State Courts of Maine and Massachusetts.

Caitlyn worked for AmeriCorps after graduating from law school representing unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings. Following AmeriCorps she worked at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Boston, Massachusetts representing indigent clients in child protection matters. In November 2015 Caitlyn moved back to Bangor, Maine where she practiced family and criminal law before joining Rudman Winchell in 2016.

Katie R. Foster focuses her practice on Municipal Law and Real Estate matters.

Katie is a native of Hampden, Maine, graduating from Hampden Academy in 2008. She attended the University of Maine, receiving a B.A. in Business Administration in 2012. While at the University of Maine, Katie was a member of the Honors College. She graduated with High Honors, following the presentation of her Honors Thesis focused on a study of work place teams and the coping mechanisms they employ to deal with project structure.

Katie attended the University Of Maine School Of Law, graduating in 2016. During law school she worked as a research assistant on a study focusing on consumer debt and financial distress. Katie was a summer associate at Rudman Winchell in 2015. While at Maine Law, Katie worked as the Admissions Fellow in the Office of Admissions. She oversaw the Student Ambassador Program and facilitated events to welcome students to Maine and the law school.

Kristy M. Hapworth was born and raised in Burnham, Maine. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine in 2013, where she earned a bachelor of arts in Psychology, with a concentration in Abnormal Psychology. She also earned minors in Political Science, Legal Studies, and the Constitution and American Law.

During her time in Orono, she served as President of the school’s Pre-Law Society. She graduated magna cum laude from The University of Maine School of Law with the class of 2016, and was awarded the Gignoux Award for Appellate Advocacy.

During her final year at Maine Law, she served as the co-chair of the school’s Moot Court Team, and worked as a student attorney in the Prisoner Assistance Clinic.

Rachel M. Trafton is an attorney in Rudman Winchell’s Maine Elder Law Firm office. Her practice will focus primarily on elder law and estate planning. Rachel is a member of the Elder Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association, Elder Counsel, and John Waldo Ballou Inn of Court. She also serves as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate guardian ad litem for children in child protection cases.

Rachel was born and raised in Maine. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2013, graduating magna cum laude. While at USM, she played four years of division III field hockey. Rachel studied law at The University of Maine School of Law, graduating magna cum laude in 2016. While in law school, Rachel was the executive editor of the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal and an officer of the Women’s Law Association. She worked as a judicial extern for the Maine District Court in Portland and as a student attorney through the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic.