About Our Firm
In 1945 Charles W. Smith established a law firm in Saco, Maine, determined to give back to the community that had a hand in raising him. His reputation, however, soon spread beyond state lines. Charlie was an aggressive trial lawyer whose long, lanky frame towered over his opponents. However, while he may have been 6í4Ē tall, his integrity stood taller. By the time Charlie ended his career he had become an internationally recognized attorney who had won a case in the United States Supreme Court. He is remembered as a gentle man, a tenacious, articulate lawyer and a compassionate friend. His colleagues take pride in the strong moral code he instilled in the firm fifty-seven years ago, and strive to follow his example with every client they serve.
Today Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey has matured under the long and comforting shadow of Charlie Smith. It has blossomed from a one-man practice into a firm of fourteen lawyers and thirty-five staff members. Currently the firm occupies offices in both Portland and Saco, Maine, and represents clients in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The firmís success is illustrated by the fact that approximately 90% of its larger cases (with verdicts and settlements of $200,000 or more) are referred from both in-state and out-of-state law firms. In addition to being one of the top Maine firms specializing in the areas of medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury and business transactions, Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey is composed of a team of mediators, arbitrators and highly skilled, experienced litigators with expertise in family, probate, criminal, corporate, real estate, employment and municipal law. With the help of an extensive network of nationally recognized experts and years of experience both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, SES&G has enjoyed a long legacy of client satisfaction.
The dedication, strength and efficiency of the Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey team has attracted national attention. The firmís lawyers have made appearances on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Early Show, MSNBC, 48 Hours and have been invited to speak at national conventions such as the Association of Trial Lawyers and American Bar Association National Meetings. SES&G also includes two members of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, two members of the Board of Governors of MTLA, one member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a lawyer who has been named among the Best Lawyers in America since 1996.
However, despite its national attention and big city capabilities, Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey remains just a small town business, deeply rooted in the community of Saco, and more recently, Portland. Throughout the years SES&G has sponsored numerous local golf tournaments to raise money for the Red Cross, Counseling Services, Inc., Northern York County YMCA and the Chamber of Commerce. In 1997 SES&G was awarded the Counseling Services, Inc. Presidential Award for its participation in the ďDrive Against Child AbuseĒ benefit golf tournament. The firmís local involvement is not only reflected on the golf course, but in the office, too. Despite hectic schedules, attorneys at Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey do not hesitate to accept pro-bono work. The firm is currently involved in numerous charities and community groups such as the Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, various municipal boards, the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce, the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club and the YMCA.
Charlie Smith would be proud of the group of skilled, ethical lawyers that currently compose the SES&G team. The firmís attorneys remain dedicated to achieving the goal Charlie aimed for fifty-seven years ago: to provide clients with aggressive and compassionate representation.