Beth, Legal Assistant
Beth graduated from the University of Maine in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. After working in Real Estate law for another law firm, Beth has now joined the litigation team of Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey. In her spare time, Beth enjoys traveling, dancing, reading and being a life long learner.
After being a cosmetologist for ten years, Charlene decided to change her career. In 1978 Charlene started working at Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey as a receptionist and has since worked in various capacities: from legal assistant to computer work, to bookeeper.
Chris, Legal Assistant
Casco Bay College where she received her Associate's Degree. She worked as a receptionist for a local law firm before joining Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey. When she is not at work, Chris finds time to shop.
Christiane is a native New Yorker who recently relocated to Maine from Philadelphia. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1996 and Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware in 1999. After law school, Christiane spent 2 years in Anchorage, Alaska working on the ongoing Exxon Valdez Oil Spill litigation before moving back to Pennsylvania to practice law. As an associate attorney, she worked in the environmental and toxic tort department of a large insurance defense firm in Philadelphia. As a paralegal in the Portland office of Smith Elliot Smith & Garmey, Christiane handles personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability cases.
Donna, Office Assistant
Donna graduated from Watertown High School in Watertown, Massachusetts. Before winding up at Smith, Elliott, Smith & Garmey, Donna collected a series of various work experiences. Over the course of several years, Donna managed to raise a family and work as an assistant and office manager at a dentistís office. Later she worked as a receptionist for a classical radio station and handled the stationís special events. When she moved to Maine, Donna took a job at a local newspaper company as the assistant to the circulation manager. Outside of work she enjoys spending her free time exploring Maine, collecting lighthouses, spending time with her granddaughter Emily and going to the beach.
Judy graduated from Husson College in 1978 and promptly accepted a job as a legal assistant with Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey. She is proud to have worked for the firm for over twenty-five years. When she is not at work, you can find Judy spending time with her children.
Karen, Legal Assistant
Karen grew up in Maine and is originally from the Auburn area. After graduating from Andover College with an Associate's degree in Paralegal studies, Karen worked in the legal field for 12 years before recently joining the Smith Elliott team. Karen spends her spare time doting on her yellow lab, spending time with her family and friends and enjoying the outdoors.
Kathie was born and raised in the Lewiston-Auburn area. After graduating from Lewiston High School, Kathie worked for 23 years as a receptionist and accounts receivable clerk at a local auto dealership. She then moved into the legal field, working as a receptionist and accounting assistant for 8 years at a prestigious Lewiston law firm before recently joining the Smith Elliott team. When not at work, you will find Kathie shopping, quilting, making bead jewelry or spending time with her husband, two Shih Tzu's and her four grandsons.
A graduate of Westbrook College, Linda also completed the two-year program at the University of Southern Maine with a certificate in paralegal studies and she has over 20 years of experience in the legal field. Linda enjoys collecting antiques, especially glass and open salts.
Luana, Legal Assistant
Luana graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a B.A. in Political Science before earning her paralegal certificate from the American Institute of Paralegal Studies. Originally from Portland, Luana now lives in Scarborough with her husband and four wonderful children, Sam, Gabriella, Izzy and Joe. When she's not busy with her family, Luana enjoys running and recently completed the Beach to Beacon.
Lynn, Legal Nurse Consultant
Lynn earned an Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies from Andover where she graduated at the top of her class. She received certification from the National Association of Legal Assistants in 1998. Lynn ended a twenty-four year nursing career as a registered nurse to join the Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey legal team. When she was a nurse, Lynn specialized in obstetrics, intensive care units and emergency room medicine. In her current consultant position she is able to contribute both her medical knowledge and nursing experience. As a result, Lynn has become in invaluable part of the medical malpractice team.
Mary, Probate Paralegal
Mary graduated from
Biddeford High School and attended courses at USM on property management, probate administration and seminars on estate administration and business writing. Before joining Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey, Mary spent ten years as a bookkeeper and three years as a legal secretary. Mary enjoys reading, gardening, spending time with her grandchildren and following their activities.
Melissa, Legal Assistant
Melissa graduated from Thornton Academy and attended Providence College, the University of Southern Maine and Andover College. When she is not at work, Melissa enjoys playing the piano, rubber stamping, crafting, reading, collecting piggy banks and amateur dog training.
Nancy was born and raised in Florida. She moved on to North Carolina to receive her BA from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and then north to Maine where she received her JD from the University of Maine School of Law in 1986. Nancy practiced law for many years in the field of child protection, primarily as a Guardian ad litem. She also worked as an Assistant Attorney General. Nancy is a poet, teacher and co-editor of Moon Pie Press, a publisher of poetry books from Maine and beyond. Nancy loves sharing the adventurous lives of her two college bound children and is a self-confessed 'crazy cat lady' with three matching tuxedo cats.
Nohea, Legal Assistant
Nohea was born and reared on the Island of Maui, Hawaii. She graduated from Honolulu Business College and worked as a legal assistant with a large firm in Honolulu, Hawaii before crossing the Pacific Ocean to live and work in Guam, Virginia and Massachusetts. Having moved to Portland and joining Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey, Nohea now calls Maine home.
Paula, Legal Assistant
Paula is a veteran with Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey, having worked for the firm since 1978. She graduated from Casco Bay College in 1978 with an Associate's Degree as an Administrative Assistant. Paula is an active member of NALS (an association for legal professionals). Through NALS, Paula achieved the designation of Certified Professional Legal Secretary in 1996.
Rosalie, Office Assistant
Rosalie was born in Massachusetts and graduated from Peabody High School. She moved to Maine over 34 years ago. She has done many things during her lifetime, but one of her biggest accomplishments was raising her five children. When her youngest child was four Rosalie began working. She was a school bus driver for ten years, a teacherís aid and a Certified Nurseís Assistant (CNA). Currently Rosalie occupies a unique niche at Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey working both as a receptionist and as an assistant to the bookkeeper. When Rosalie is not working, she loves dancing, traveling, bicycling and hiking.
Stephanie, Network Administrator
Stephanie graduated from Maine Maritime Academy magna cum laude with a B.S. in Oceanography. After joining Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey as a legal assistant in 1999 and earning her Paralegal Diploma and CLA certification in 2001, Stephanie changed career paths to become our network administrator in early 2005. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys spending her time walking, hiking and snow shoeing.
Suzanne was born and raised in Portland and recently returned to Maine following a 12 year absence. After graduating from the University of Southern Maine, Suzanne gained 25 years' experience in commercial lines insurance management, holds a broker's license in the state of Maine and is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC). Suzanne and her husband share three children and have two grandchildren. In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys painting, gardening, beachcombing and outdoor winter sports.
Sybil, Legal Assistant
Sybil has worked as a legal assistant since 1987. Active in community service, Sybil enjoys working with teens. During her free time Sybil enjoys gardening, spending time outdoors and with her husband and three children.