Charles E. Gilbert, III

Charlie Gilbert's extensive experience cuts across a number of areas of substantive law. He has years of experience advocating for clients in judicial, arbitral, administrative and public forums in cases involving a number of areas of the law. He has tried hundreds of matters, including over 100 jury trials. He has been a board certified civil trial lawyer since 1995, a nationally recognized credential which must be renewed every five years. At the same time, he has been involved in a number of major transactional matters, involving the acquisition, sale and financing of assets ranging from thousands of acres of woodlands to the largest bark mulch facility in the Northeast. He has helped clients buy and later sell assets including a commercial landfill, a biomass power plant, a radio station and a funeral home. He has been counsel to the financing or refinancing of several elderly and low income housing projects. He also represents a number of small Maine towns, and has provided counsel and litigation services to some municipal clients for over thirty years. More recently, he worked as special development counsel for a local city, and assisted the city in repurposing some of its former schools and surplus properties into successful private developments. He has been involved in over fifty appeals to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. He is equally at home in the courtroom , the Board room, before administrative agencies and boards, and in town halls across Maine. He has served six years on the Maine Board of Bar Overseers, including one year as Vice Chair and as Chair of a special committee to rewrite Maine's Lawyer Disciplinary Rules. He served five years as President of the Hampden Congregational Church. He has been town meeting moderator in his home town of Eddington and his current home town of Dixmont. For over twenty years, he has served his alma mater by interviewing prospective applicants for undergraduate admission at Harvard, where he has also been honored by appointment as an honorary Marshall at a Harvard commencement and several freshman convocations.

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Maine Law Blog

June 23, 2017: 30th anniversary of 1st Circuit decision in U.S. v. Daniels

On June 23, 1987, the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit handed down a decision authored by now US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in United States v. Daniels. Charlie Gilbert represented Appellant Daniels. The appeals court held that the trial court had committed error by refusing to allow the Appellant to withdraw his guilty plea because the full terms of the plea agreement had not been fully disclosed to the court, as required by Rule 11 of the Criminal Rules. The omitted disclosure was the government’s position that all of the defendants had to plead guilty or none could, thus setting the stage for the other defendants to pressure this defendant to plead guilty. Therefore, the guilty plea may not have been voluntary as required by Rule 11, and the defendant should have been allowed to withdraw it.

2014 to mark Gilbert & Greif, P.A.'s 30th anniversary

In 1984, Peggy Gilbert hung out her shingle, and commenced the private practice of law in a small office on Harlow Street in Bangor.  While women were beginning to come to the bar in ever increasing numbers, not many undertook to start and run their own practice.

Spring is Annual Report Filing season here at Gilbert & Greif!

Every year at this time we remind our many corporate clients that the June 1st filing deadline is fast approaching and their Corporate Clerk, Charlie Gilbert, needs to know of any changes in the corporate structure