About Our Firm
Since 1917, our firm has served the people and institutions of Bangor and the state of Maine. With more than two dozen attorneys and vast legal resources, Rudman Winchell provides nationally recognized legal services and competitive expertise rooted in the dedication, loyalty, and sense of fair play for which our region is known. Our practice is both broad and deep enough to satisfy the vast majority of our clients’ legal needs.
Our Firm: World-Class Talent Here at Home
Although our attorneys are among the most respected in the state and could easily practice in the largest cities of our nation, we here at Rudman Winchell are dedicated to our community. We have chosen to live and practice here in Maine. That means big-city talent at reasonable rates and attorneys who know the complexities of Maine law, inside and out.
The attorneys at Rudman Winchell are committed to developing valued partnerships with all their clients, continually striving to provide sound, effective, and practical counsel and representation for all their legal challenges. We craft the intelligent, creative, pragmatic, and cost-effective solutions for which we are known from that starting point.
A Tradition of Leadership in Law
The Bangor law firm, now known as Rudman Winchell, was founded in 1917 by Abraham M. Rudman. In 1954, Mr. Rudman became a Maine Superior Court Judge, and his sons, Gerald and Paul, carried on the well-established firm’s practice, enjoying long, highly successful careers in their own right.
In 1965, Abraham Rudman was appointed a Justice of Maine’s highest court, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. That same year attorney Gene Carter joined Gerald and Paul Rudman at the firm, and the practice’s name changed to Rudman, Rudman, & Carter. In 1977, the firm became Rudman, Winchell, Carter, & Buckley when merged with another established Bangor law firm, Winchell & Buckley.
In 1980, Gene Carter left the practice to become a Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, and the firm became known as Rudman & Winchell. He became a Judge, and ultimately the Chief Judge, of the United States District Court for the District of Maine. Rudman & Winchell remained the firm’s name for more than three decades until the title was streamlined to Rudman Winchell in 2011.
In 1991, Paul Rudman followed in his father’s footsteps to become a Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. In 2003, attorney Robert E. Murray, Jr. left Rudman & Winchell to become Commissioner of the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. He later was appointed a Judge of the Maine District Court and now serves as a Justice of the Maine Superior Court.
In 2010, the Governor selected another of our partners to become a judge when he appointed Bruce Mallonee a Judge of the Maine District Court. Again, in 2016, Charles Budd was appointed to the Maine District Court.
A Local Firm with International Scope
Today, Rudman Winchell provides a full range of legal services to individuals and families, estates, businesses, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, government agencies, schools, universities, hospitals, and insurers. The firm has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability.
From our offices in Bangor, the commercial and banking hub of central Maine, conveniently located between Boston and Canada’s eastern provinces, Rudman Winchell advises a widespread national and international client base, offering comprehensive, top caliber, cost-effective legal counsel. Since 1917, the firm rises continuously to the challenges of changing times and the changing needs of the people and institutions we serve.
Our Historic Home
Since 1971, Rudman Winchell has been housed in the historic Graham Building at 84 Harlow Street in Bangor. Construction of this architecturally significant Arts and Crafts era edifice was already in progress at the Great Bangor Fire of 1911. Fortunately, the building survived the blaze and was completed later that year. In keeping with the firm’s ardent devotion to local tradition and community history, Rudman Winchell refurbished the Graham Building inside and out to celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2011.
At Starboard Leadership Consulting, we share a passion for helping organizations and businesses excel. We develop ongoing relationships, gain a thorough understanding of each client’s needs, and tailor our approach to meeting those needs to deliver effective, cost-efficient strategies for success. As an affiliate of Rudman Winchell Counselors at Law in Bangor, we can draw upon the expertise available within the law firm, in addition to our own experience and resources, to bring a depth of knowledge to our clients.
We are confident we have the experience, staffing, and resources to meet many of our clients’ challenges. When we don’t, through our extensive networks in Maine, we can connect our clients to the additional resources they need. Click here to visit the Starboard Leadership Consulting website or pick an individual service to learn more.
Maine Fiduciary Services, an affiliate of Rudman Winchell, serves as a trustee of a trust or the personal representatives of an estate. We will work with you, your family, and beneficiaries to ensure that all needs are met.
Maine Fiduciary Services can administer special needs trusts, manage assets and cash flow, navigate public benefits information, reconcile and monitor assets. We bring great expertise, skill, and experience to the administration of special needs trust and other fiduciary roles and provide excellent service for the beneficiary’s needs.
Strategic Alliance with Mitchell Tardy Government Affairs
In 2012, Rudman Winchell formed a strategic alliance with Mitchell Tardy, Government Affairs of Augusta. This alliance of two well-respected firms allows each to provide comprehensive services to clients. Mitchell Tardy has a stellar reputation as a leader in effective, aggressive advocacy in Maine’s capital and a superior understanding of the Maine legislative process. Mitchell Tardy was co-founded in 2010 by former Republican House Leader and veteran Maine trial attorney Josh Tardy and Jim Mitchell, a leading Democratic insider and lobbyist.
Founding Partner at The New Cross Insurance Center
In 2013, Rudman Winchell became a Founding Partner of the beautiful new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The building opened in September 2013 and cost approximately $65 million to construct. Click here to visit the Cross Insurance Center.
Directions to Rudman Winchell
Rudman Winchell is located at 84 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, Maine.