John K. Hamer



John focuses his practice on municipal and administrative law, labor and employment law, workers’ compensation, and appeals. John routinely advises public sector clients and private citizens on a wide variety of issues, like disciplinary and grievance matters, discrimination, the Maine Human Rights Act, ADA compliance, family and medical leave issues, earned paid leave, wage and hour issues, labor relations, employment policies and agreements, abatement appeals, zoning, administrative proceedings, and appeals.  John likes to take a proactive approach to municipal issues and finds that by consulting municipal and employment attorneys early in the process it can help you avoid problems rather than react to them.

John has appeared before agencies ranging from local planning boards to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He had prosecuted 80K land use actions, defended municipal decisions in Rule 80B appeals, challenged state agency decisions in Rule 80C appeals, litigated labor arbitrations, defended prohibited practice complaints before the Maine Labor Relations Board, appeared before the State Board of Property Tax Review, assisted in disciplinary and grievance proceedings, negotiated labor contracts, and appeared before the Maine Human Rights Commission.

John is a graduate of Vermont Law School (Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in Environmental Law) and McGill University (Bachelor of Arts in Political Science). Before joining Rudman Winchell, John served for more than eight years as Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Bangor. He spent three additional years working with zoning and code enforcement issues.

John serves on the Board of Directors for both the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter and the Midcoast Actors Studio. He is a past president of the Downtown Bangor Partnership. John is a regular presenter at Rudman Winchell’s Annual Employment Seminar and has published articles in the Maine Bar Journal. He enjoys a Distinguished High Ethical Standing rating from Martindale Hubble.


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