Areas of Practice
If you or a loved one have been injured, Gilbert Law Offices is here to assist you. We understand this is a stressful time. It is our goal to treat each client and case with personal attention. We have the experience and resources to identify responsible parties, investigate, and maximize insurance coverage.
We believe favorable settlements result from hard work paired with careful attention to detail. While over 95% of cases are ultimately settled without trial, Gilbert Law Offices’ experience at actually trying cases is essential in bringing fair compensation to our clients. A command of the defense bar, knowledge of the insurance industry, and close contact with doctors and other experts means our attorneys are always “ready for trial.”
- Catastrophic injuries
- Product defect
- Medical negligence
Employment & Civil Rights
Maine is an employment-at-will state, which means employees can be fired for no reason or a stupid reason.
However, they cannot be fired because of:
- National origin
- Complaints about illegal or unsafe practices in the workplace
Not surprisingly, we are seldom contacted by the employee expressly told they were fired for an illegal reason. As experienced employment law attorneys, Gilbert Law Offices can build a strong circumstantial case. We established a reputation for vigorous advocacy in this field.
Many cases have been settled. Many cases that have gone to trial have produced favorable verdicts. We have been involved in several significant cases involving wages, hours, family and medical leave, and severance pay issues. Gilbert Law Offices’ experience in Employment and Civil Rights extends to representing employer clients both in the counseling and advocacy stages of representation.
On behalf of both employees and employers, we have successfully, confidentially negotiated the separation from employment of several professional, executive, and managerial employees in the public and private sector. These private resolutions often avoid costs, uncertainty, protracted litigation, and adverse publicity.
Commercial & Corporate
Gilbert Law Offices’ litigation and trial practice extend into the commercial and corporate realm.
We handle complex cases involving:
- Minority Shareholder Rights
- Construction Defects
- Failed Business Deals
- Insurance Coverage Disputes
- Professional Malpractice
- Multinational Commercial Supply Agreements
Gilbert Law Offices and its lawyers advise and assist clients in setting up, acquiring, financing, and selling businesses. We have been counsel of record in transactions involving a power plant, a landfill, a commercial peat bog, an elder housing complex, a local mall, a radio station, a funeral home, a whitewater rafting company, and the largest bark mulch facility in the northeast.
Gilbert Law Offices advised many entrepreneurs and assisted them in forming corporations and Limited Liability Companies, many of which we continue to represent as registered commercial agents and corporate counsel. We have represented clients, including national financial services corporations in the state, federal, and bankruptcy courts, and secured financing matters.
Municipal Zoning & Land Use Law
Gilbert Law Offices represents several towns and several special use districts on a wide range of municipal issues.
- Waste disposal
- Eminent domain
- Land use and zoning
Rendering proactive compliance advice, we serve both as counselors and advocates. We vigorously represent our clients in courts and before administrative bodies, including the Maine Board of Property Tax Review, the Public Utilities Commission, and the Maine Board of Environmental Protection.
We have experience in zoning and land use matters, both in advising Planning and Zoning Boards of Appeal. On behalf of clients, we represent and appear before similar boards in cities we don’t represent. Charlie Gilbert is a long-time member of the Maine Council of School Board Attorneys. He has represented school districts, administrators, and teachers on several issues.
Gilbert Law Offices, handles commercial and residential real estate transactions, from the purchase or sale of a home to transactions involving some of the largest commercial assets in the State. Our experience with real estate matters and as trial lawyers combine in real estate litigation, an active practice area.
All these are a part of our practice:
- Boundary and easement disputes
- Adverse possession
- Trespass and timber cutting
- Mechanic’s lien cases
- Family and succession disputes over real estate
Wills & Estates
As Your Law Partner℠, Gilbert Law Offices works with you and your financial advisors to develop and achieve your estate planning goals.
Our experience covers:
- Succession Planning
- Estate planning
- Probate of wills