Wendell's focus is trial work: jury trials, court trials, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. He has been trying cases in Maine for more than 25 years. His cases are not limited by subject matter, but generally have included the defense of professional liability claims (medical, legal, insurance, real estate, architectural, and others), the defense of product liability claims, the defense of commercial transportation claims, and the prosecution and defense of large exposure personal injury claims. For a number of years Wendell has served as lead trial counsel for one of Maine's largest publicly held corporations.
He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has been certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Wendell has served on the Civil Justice Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court in Maine, the Business and Consumer Docket Advisory Group for Maine, and the governing board for the Maine Bar Foundation. He has also served on the boards of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, the Maine State Bar Association (President, 2006), and the New England Bar Association (President, 2008). He is in his ninth year as a member of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates and is now serving on that body's Board of Governors. He is a former member of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability, and now serves as the Liaison between that committee and the ABA Board. Wendell is listed in the current editions of “The Best Lawyers in America”, “New England Super Lawyers”, Benchmark Litigation, and Chambers USA.
Wendell has an interest in teaching trial advocacy and has attended teacher training through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He has twice served as visiting faculty for the Winter Trial Advocacy Workshop at the Harvard Law School. He also serves as Co-Director of the Maine College of Trial Advocacy.
He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and received his undergraduate degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Outside work, Wendell has been active in Portland Trails, a non-profit organization which is developing a 50 mile network of
walking and biking trails around greater Portland.