Melinda J. Caterine - Littler Mendelson P.C.

Melinda J. Caterine

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Melinda (Mindy) J. Caterine represents management in employment disputes before federal and states courts and agencies throughout New England.  Her practice includes defending employers in matters involving:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Employment discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Employment contract dispute cases

Mindy also conducts training on numerous employment issues, such as:

  • Harassment
  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Reductions-in-force
  • Leaves of absence
  • Discipline and discharge

In addition to her practice, Mindy has taught a course on employment discrimination as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine School of Law. 

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
Bowdoin CollegeAB 1987University of Notre DameJ.D. 1990
American Bar AssociationMaine State Bar AssociationNew Hampshire Bar AssociationNational Conference of Women's Bar AssociationsMaine State Chamber of Commerce Labor & Employment Innovation and Technology Board Bloomberg BNA

Client Comments

"Attorney Caterine is pleasant to work with, has a professional demeanor, and most of all, helps the client navigate various legal implications in an easy-to-understand manner."

-Jeff Cutler
Spectrum Medical Group

"If you want an attorney who will represent your company in a professional manner with utmost integrity, who brings extensive experience and knowledge to the process on your behalf, and who works with tireless tenacity to bring you the required result, you need Melinda Caterine. She is both charming and assertive, understanding and forceful. She is a fierce competitor who does not like to lose, yet she understands when it is in the best interest of her client to find a compromise. Melinda is highly regarded amongst her peers in the Maine legal community and is a leader of the Maine Women's Law Section. In addition to all of her professional strengths and achievements, as a wife and mother of two children, Melinda faces the daily challenge of balancing family and career in the 21st century. She speaks often and lovingly of her family and works to make the time for important family events. She is a great role model for young women, particularly those aspiring to the legal profession. She has encouraged my own daughter's enthusiasm for the legal profession and provided her with the opportunity to job shadow during her junior year in high school. In conjunction with the community work which she performs, Melinda is involved with the Maine Women's Fund. She has worked with the fund in various capacities over the past several years. In 2009, Melinda nominated the Maine Women's Fund's winner of the Sarah Orne Jewett Award, a woman she knew through the work she did on behalf of teenage mothers."

-Maryann Kelly
Director of Employee Relations
Maine Today

"Mindy Caterine is head and shoulders above her peers in Maine. She is always available to clients and insightful and creative with the advice she gives. She makes me feel like I am her only client."

-Michael Clisham
Bangor Hydro Electric Co.

"I have known Melinda Caterine for several years now and it has been a distinct pleasure to work with her. She is very bright and insightful, quick to grasp the issues at hand, understand the parties involved, your concerns, objectives, and needs. She is a quick learner and very able to discern the nuances of your particular business or industry. Melinda gets the politics of your situation which helps you work to achieve the best solution in the most efficient yet thorough manner. She never leaves you hanging and works relentlessly until her work on your behalf is completed. Melinda is well respected throughout the legal community and she is a leader within the women's legal community. She is an advocate for women and our issues and gives of herself and her time to educate and assist in the development of the women's community. This includes being a role model for young girls with big aspirations to someday be just like her. What impresses me most about Melinda is that she works as hard as she does, is as involved as she is, and yet she balances all of this with family. She is very much a part of her family and her children's lives which enables her to be a whole person. In turn, in my humble opinion, this makes her a better attorney, a more functioning member of her firm, and a greater asset to her clients."

-Maryann Kelly
Director of Employee Relations
Maine Today

"We have worked with Mindy for many years and consistently find her to be responsive, professional, and very helpful. She has a solid understanding of labor laws and is able to work with our HR staff to address all of our personnel matters."

-Joe Everett
Chief Operating Officer
Youth Alternatives Ingraham

"Melinda Caterine is a true pleasure to deal with. She is incredibly responsive and understanding at very reasonable rates. Her professionalism and expertise are superior. I highly recommend her."

Office Location

One Monument Square, Suite 600
Portland, ME 04101
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Female