Berry Law, P.A.

Judith Berry, Esq.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Judith was an adoption social worker and is an adoptive mom.


EDUCATION:

1991 - Juris Doctorate, University of Maine, West Award for Excellence in Family Law Clinic

1972 - Masters in Education, Guidance and Counseling

(High Honors)

1970 - Bachelor of Arts, High Honors


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

1992 - present: Attorney, private practice focus in adoption and surrogacy


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Maine State Bar Association

Fellow, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys

Fellow, American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys

Author of ADOPTION LAW IN MAINE

 

REPRESENTATIVE CASES:

Adoption of Baby Duncan, 2009 ME 85. Attorney Berry represented the adoptive parents who prevailed in a trial and on subsequent appeal to the law court, against a birth father who was in prison for manslaughter.
 
Adoption of M.A. et al, 2007 ME 123. Attorney Berry represented adoptive parents who were not married and wanted to jointly adopt. This case changed the law in Maine to allow second parent adoptions.
 
Guardianship of I.H., 2003 ME 130. Attorney Berry represented a single parent who prevailed in her request to allow her partner to share equally in the raising of a child. This case established that the law in Maine allows the sharing of parental responsibilities between a legal parent and a non legal parent.
 
Arnott vs Arnott , 2000. Attorney Berry, representing the Plaintiff wife, successfully won an appeal of a divorce matter in which the definition of irreconcilable differences was an issue as grounds for divorce.
 
Doucette vs Washburn, 2001 ME 38. Attorney Berry, representing the plaintiff wife, successfully won an appeal of a divorce judgment that awarded a portion of workers compensation to the wife and established a
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