Catherine R. Connors - Pierce Atwood LLP

Catherine R. Connors

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Catherine R. Connors, partner at Pierce Atwood LLP, practices in the area of appellate litigation - both civil and criminal - in the federal and state courts, including petitions for review of administrative decisions. She has argued over 100 appeals, primarily in the United States Courts of Appeals and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Cathy also leads Pierce Atwood's partnership with the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and recently filed an amici brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of 23 historians and the American Historians Association in support of striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Northwestern UniversityBA 1981Northwestern University School of LawJ.D. 1984
Maine Bar FoundationTown of Kennebunk Dog Advisory Committee

Case History

Recent Experience

Merrimon, et al v. Unum Life Insurance Company, 758 F.3d 46 (1st Cir. 2014); and Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, --- F.3d -- (1st Cir. 2014)
Reversing multi-million verdict and upholding summary judgment in consolidated ERISA class action suits

Watts v. Board of Env. Protection, 2014 ME 91, BCD-13-487
Upholding water quality certification

Black Oak Energy LLC v. FERC, Docket No. 08-1386 (D.C. Cir. 2013)
Remanding FERC order to claw back $37 million refund from financial marketers because justification proferred by the Commission for doing was arbitrary and capricious

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. US DHHS, et al., 682 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2012); Golinski v. US Office of Personnel Management, 680 F.3d 1104 (9th Cir. 2012); and United States of America v. Windsor, No. 12-307 (U.S. Supreme Court 2013)
Filed Amici Briefs on behalf of 23 family law historians and the American Historians Association to strike down Defense of Marriage Act

Bank of America, N.A. v. Cloutier, 2013 ME 17, YOR-12-361
Filed amicus brief on behalf of Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation with respect to question reported to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court regarding proof needed for foreclosure under Maine statute

Commissioner of Revenue v. AT&T Corporation, 11-P-1462 (Mass. 2012)
Upholding decision of appellate tax board granting $2 million abatement application


Office Location

Merrill's Wharf
254 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law of the Portland-ME Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Portland-ME Metro Area
Catherine R. Connors has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Catherine R. Connors has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law
Appellate Practice (Regulatory)
Civil Rights Law
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Energy Regulatory Law
Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

Other Information

Gender: Female