Timothy R. O'Donnell
Education: The College of the Holy Cross; Northeastern University School of Law
Admitted to Practice in: Maine

Timothy R. O'Donnell
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Education: The College of the Holy Cross; Northeastern University School of Law
Admitted to Practice in:  Maine

        Tim has practiced law in Waterville, Maine, since his admission to the bar in 1972, concentrating in business and commercial law. His loyal clients have relied on his insight and sound advice for many years in their business dealings. Tim also provides estate planning services to the firm's clients and maintains a steady probate and real estate transaction practice.

        Well-known in the community, Tim has served on the board of directors for SAD #49, the Waterville Area YMCA, Inland Hospital, Thomas College, Maine Children's Home, the Waterville Country Club, and Mt. Merici School. He is an incorporator of Kennebec Savings Bank and serves as a director of the Greater Waterville Area Food Bank. Tim is actively involved with the Mid-Maine Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, providing advocacy and support to families affected by mental illness.

        Tim has two adult children and resides in Waterville with his wife, Cheryl. In his leisure time he enjoys playing golf, skiing, sailing, kayaking, and entertaining his grandchildren.

William A. Lee, III
        Direct Line: (207) 680-2678 - walee@watervillelaw.com
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Education: Eckerd College; University of Florida School of Law
Admitted to Practice in: Maine, Florida, Washington State (inactive)

        Bill's practice in Maine involves all aspects of litigation, personal injury, estate planning, criminal defense, divorce, and municipal law.  He serves as City Solicitor for Waterville, Town Attorney for Winslow, and legal counsel for Fairfield and several small municipalities.  The Florida portion of his practice concentrates in estate planning, probate, and dual residency issues.  Bill's personable nature and practical approach to issues are greatly appreciated by his clients.

        In 2008, Bill gave a presentation on multi-jurisdictional probate and estate practice issues as part of the Presidential Showcase Seminar of the Florida Bar and has published several articles on residency, taxation and probate issues for Maine-Florida residents.  In 2011, he was the Defense Bar representative in a Maine Bar Association seminar on Involuntary Commitment of the Mentally Ill.  In May 2012, Bill gave a presentation on multi-jurisdictional estate planning at the Maine Bankers' Association annual Trust and Wealth Management Seminar.  In 2014, he served as the patient representative on a working group appointed by the state supreme court to make recommendations on changes to the state's laws on civil commitment of the mentally ill.

        Bill has lived in Waterville since 1982 and was a member of the Waterville City Council for six years (two as Chairman).  He also served on the Waterville School Board for three years.  Bill is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Global Forum and a part-time professor at Colby College, where he teaches courses in Comparative Law and the U.S. Legal System.  In January, 2013, Bill took 16 Colby College students to Havana, Cuba, as part of a class he taught on Comparative Legal Systems. The blog for the class can be viewed at http://web.colby.edu/cubajanplan/.  In May, 2013, he gave a presentation entitled:  Life in Cuba Today for the Mid-Maine Global Forum.  He is a past President of the Out-of-State Division of the Florida Bar and currently serves on its Executive Council.

Bill is peer rated "AV: Preeminent"  in Litigation, Wills and Probate and Municipal Law by Martindale-Hubbell. He is also client rated "Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell.

        Bill has two adult daughters and resides in Waterville with his wife, Linda. He is an avid runner, golfer, kayaker and bird-watcher, escaping to Baxter State Park whenever the opportunity presents itself.
        Chris joined O'Donnell Lee as an associate attorney in November 2012.  He is supporting all of the attorneys in various types of matters, as well as accepting new clients.  Chris will be providing litigation representation as well as working on estate planning and transactional matters.

        Chris is admitted to practice in Maine and Massachusetts.  He graduated cum laude from University of Maine School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of Maine Law Review and acted as a student attorney with the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic.

        The eldest of four brothers from Winslow, Maine, Chris graduated from Winslow High School and received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Theater from Bowdoin College.  He is excited to return to central Maine to practice law.

        Chris currently resides in Waterville and enjoys playing sports and watching football, as well as camping.  He is looking forward to becoming engaged in area community organizations.

Thomas B. McCowan
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Education: University of Arizona, BFA; University of Arizona College of Law
Admitted to Practice in: Maine, Arizona

        Tom's practice focuses on real estate transactions, title searches, closings, and lending documentation.  He also provides advice and representation in real estate litigation, including boundary disputes, curing defective title, and related matters.  Previously, Tom practiced a wide variety of law, providing litigation representation and advice to business clients in a wide range of matters.  He has experience in divorce and criminal proceedings. Tom is appreciated in the firm and by his clients for his sense of humor and attention to detail.

        Before moving to Maine, Tom worked as a juvenile prosecutor in Flagstaff, Arizona.  He is Vice President of the Boards of Directors of  Common Street Arts and Waterville Creates!, and a member of the Winslow Historical Preservation Committee, Waterville Rotary Club, Waterville Bar Association, Maine State Bar Association, and the American Land Title Association.  Tom is an affiliate member of the Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors.  In the past, he has served on the Winslow Library Board of Trustees and Kennebec Messalonskee Trails Board of Directors.

        Tom lives in Winslow with his wife, Jennifer (an English and Drama teacher), and two daughters.  His most prized possession is his 160gb iPod, and he spends his free time listening to music, promoting the arts, reading about Maine history, kayaking, and maintaining various websites, including this and his personal site KennebecTom.com.
Michael F. Phillips, Jr.
        Direct Line: (207) 680-2676 - mphillips@watervillelaw.com
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Education: Cedarville College; University of Maine School of Law
Admitted to Practice in:  Maine

        Mike has a reputation throughout Central Maine for his efficient and prompt provision of residential and commercial real estate services. Well known to bankers and realtors, his real estate processing services merged with O'Donnell & Lee in 2006, and continuing the tradition of personal attention to clients. Today, Mike maintains a growing business formation and transactional practice. Mike's easy-going manner and efficiency have earned him many loyal clients and affiliations.

        Mike has practiced law in Waterville since 1996, first as a solo practitioner and then as a partner in Phillips & Bernier. He is a member of the Waterville Bar Association, Maine Bar Association, and American Bar Association and serves on the boards of directors of Lakewood Nursing Home, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, and Faith Evangelical Free Church. Mike is also an associate member of the Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors and Mortgage Bankers Association.

        Mike resides in Waterville with his wife, Jennifer, one daughter and three sons. Mike is brave enough to be a Yankees fan in Red Sox territory.
Bryan B. Ward
        Direct Line: (207) 680-2674 - bward@watervillelaw.com
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Education: University of Maine at Orono; University of Connecticut School of Law
Admitted to Practice in:  Maine, Florida, Connecticut

        Bryan joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2009. Bryan's concentration is in civil and criminal litigation, including but not limited to: criminal defense work, family law, foreclosure, evictions, and business and real estate litigation.

        Bryan is admitted to practice in both Maine and Connecticut. He is a member of the Maine State Bar Association, Waterville Bar Association, Maine Trial Lawyers Association, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy. Bryan graduated with high honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was a member of the Connecticut Law Review.

        Bryan grew up on a farm in Searsport and graduated from high school there before doing his undergraduate work in Chemical Engineering at the University of Maine at Orono. After spending nearly a decade in southern New England working in the pulp and paper industry, he decided to use law school as an avenue to return home to Maine.

        Bryan and his wife Kate live in Sidney with their two dogs. Bryan enjoys participating in all types of outdoor sports, roasting coffee beans, and brewing his own beer. He is also an avid chess player, amateur historian, and cigar afficionado.
Brendan T. O'Keefe
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Education: Colby College; Suffolk University Law School
Admitted to Practice in:  Maine, Massachusetts

        Brendan joined the firm as an associate in 2013.  He practices in the areas of family law, criminal defense, real estate, and general litigation.

Brendan is admitted to practice in both Maine and Massachusetts.  He is a member of the Maine State Bar Association and the Waterville Bar Association.  Brendan graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School where he was a member of the New England Regional Champion Trial Team.

Brendan was born in Presque Isle and was raised in Northampton, Massachusetts.  He graduated from Colby College with a degree in Government and returned to Waterville after attending law school in Boston.

Brendan lives in Waterville with his wife Anna (a dentist on Kennedy Memorial Drive) and their dog.  He enjoys hiking, running, all types of food, and word puzzles.