A CLOSER LOOK AT THE ATTORNEYS OF SMITH ELLIOTT SMITH & GARMEY, P.A.
Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey is a firm full of diversity, both in our practice of law and with our families at home. Our fifteen attorneys not only represent clients like the State of Maine in its tobacco litigation efforts, area amusement parks Funtown & Splashtown, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institute, the Biddeford-Saco Area Economic Development Council, and Owens Corning Corporation, but they also participate in many community activities. Beyond their practice, they are men and women of diligence, generosity and old fashioned fun.
While the firm and its attorneys are known for sponsoring and participating in numerous local golf tournaments which raise money for charities such as the Red Cross, Counseling Services, Inc., the Northern York County YMCA, and the Chamber of Commerce, all of our attorneys also are committed to their participation in various other community activities.
Each of our attorneys enjoys life in Maine and spends as much time as possible enjoying nature and outdoor activities. Most of them can often be spotted on the various Maine mountains during the winter months, speeding down the slopes or on one of the many local cross country trials. One of our partners, David Abramson, is also known for his interest in the traditional martial arts of the Japanese feudal warriors and samurai, Taijustsu and Ninpo. He attends weekly classes and often spends vacation time at special camps designed for those interested in the arts. David currently holds a green belt in the martial art known as Ninpo. Several of our other partners also are very interested in sports. One of the newest members in the firm, Sarah Hall, shares her interest with John O'Neil (who's choice method of relaxation is participation in an ironman competition); both are accomplished ice hockey players. Harry Center plays baseball for a local league as well as joining associate Seth Harrow as an avid runner (Center is the slower and older of the two), both attorneys often compete in local races. Peter Schroeter recently completed a near 200 mile bike trek across Maine (he's still having trouble sitting at his desk). The trek raised money for the American Lung Association. Another of our partners, Keith Jacques enjoys time on his 27-foot sailboat with his wife and three children and has sailed as far south as Newport, Rhode Island, and as far north as Halifax, Canada. His fellow partner Bill Kany, new to the world of boating, hasn't had as much luck with his experiences and is currently on the receiving end of plenty of advice on how to maneuver through the many submerged rocks and obstacles found in the Maine waters.
We also have several attorneys who are accomplished in the areas of art and literature. Many clients and attorneys aren't aware that our newest partner, Dan Driscoll also is a talented musician who has performed professionally for the past twenty years with various jazz, R& B and pop/rock ensembles, both live and as a studio musician in both the United States and Canada. Terry Garmey, a veteran partner, is an accomplished actor who has earned his Screen Actors Guild Card with his appearance in Steven King's Thinner. Terry also has appeared in numerous regional commercials as well as appearing in a past national Christmas Ad Campaign for the local but famous L.L. Bean company.
Veteran partner Charles Smith, fondly known as Walt, has spent plenty of time off the Maine Coast on his lobster boat the Amanda Sue, if it's still floating after his home repairs; and clients and attorneys alike enjoy his comedic poetry and hijinks. Most clients and many of our fellow attorneys don't know that Senior Partner Randy Smith once fought fires in the Grand Canyon as adamantly as he now fights for Plaintiffs' rights in medical malpractice and product liability cases. Randy also enjoys traveling, as does our associate Mark Kremzner, who has lived for extended periods of time in China, Japan and Canada. Mark's experiences abroad, along with his degree of Masters in International Affairs, make him an invaluable asset to the firm.
Richard Romeo, another of the firm's partners and our resident gourmet chef, is the co-founder of a peer-mediation program in a local elementary school. Dick often acts as a classroom facilitator, teaching the children how to mediate problems on the playground. Last but certainly not least, Bob Furbish's three young daughters keep him up on all of the lastest trends and music. His keen sense of humor keeps the staff laughing when deadlines are causing stress levels to rise, and they love to call him the firm's walking encyclopedia because he always seems to have an answer (correct or not) to any question.
Somehow, these attorneys manage to participate in all of these activities, in addition to maintaining families and their practices, and still give 100% to each task they take on. While they enjoy the activities in their personal lives, they also gain satisfaction from the pro bono affiliations they are involved with, including local groups like the Kennebunk Zoning Board of Appeals, the Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club, Sweetser Children's Home, the Northern York County YMCA, the South Portland Board of Education, St. James School Board, and the York County Technical College Foundation Board in addition to many others.
Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey is a small town business with the capabilities of a big city firm. Our attorneys are admitted to practice law in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Maryland. The bulk of our client base is in York and Cumberland Counties, but our practice is growing everyday in areas like Maine's Penobscot and Aroostook Counties, and the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. We are proud of our tradition of participating in the development of the community in which we live and work and were recently awarded the Counseling Services, Inc. Presidential Award for our participation in the "Drive Against Child Abuse Benefit Golf Tournament". We continue to lend our time and energy to this cause and many others, and strive to be the best lawyers and the best people we can be.