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"He operates at the highest level of professionalism, but doesn't hesitate to rip his opponents to shreds when warranted.“ --Client Review of Tim Zerillo

Timothy Zerillo is the founder of Zerillo Law Firm, LLC, based in Portland, Maine. Tim regularly handles federal and state criminal defense, white collar defense, complex personal injury and marijuana regulatory matters.

Tim is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is the only Maine lawyer to receive that honor in over 25 years. Tim is also a Past President of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer.

Tim is the author of the nationally published book "Defending Specific Crimes." He is often published on criminal defense subjects in Maine and across the United States. Likewise, Tim lectures to other lawyers on criminal defense topics across the U.S.

Tim practice in Maine in Federal and State Courts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Tim's clients include individuals, public officials and professionals, small and large business entities and closely held companies. As part of his practice, Tim guides companies through internal investigations in civil, criminal and regulatory matters related to government inquiries. Likewise, he represents individuals who are targeted by the authorities at the pre-charge stage and the the grand jury stage all the way through motion practice and trial. Some common criminal cases Tim handles are:

-White Collar Crimes

-Securities Crimes

-Partnership and Shareholder Disputes

-Marijuana Business Litigation

-Computer Crimes

-Drug Crimes


-Business Litigation

-Sex Crimes

-Corporate and Regulatory Crimes

-Federal Crimes

Tim is a recipient of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers "President's Award," which is awarded annually to a lawyer who best exemplifies the goals of the association and the legal profession. He has been elected to the Best Lawyers in America in the category of White Collar Criminal Defense, and New England Super Lawyers for the years 2010-2019. Tim was elected to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 in 2014 and 2017.

Tim also handles civil matters. He regularly handles business litigation and regulatory matters as well as complex and severe personal injury cases.

Tim is an avid sports fan, self-proclaimed fitness nut and he has an unhealthy obsession with Porsche 911's. He is found on Twitter and Instagram with the handle @timzerillo and on Facebook with the handle @ZerilloLaw.

Contact & Links
  • 1250 Forest Avenue, Suite 3-A
    Portland, ME 04103
  • New England Law | Boston, Juris Doctor, graduated 2000
  • University of New Hampshire, Bachelor of Arts, English, graduated 1995
Bar Admissions
  • Maine, 2000
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Past President, Chair of Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Board of Directors, Chair, Council of Affiliates, Vice-Chair, Membership Committee
  • New England Super Lawyers - Ranked "Super Lawyer" since 2010
  • Zerillo Law Firm, LLC - Managing Partner
Court Admissions
  • First Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of Maine
  • United States District Court, Maine

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • President's Award, Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
  • New England Super Lawyers.
  • Top 100, National Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Best Law Firm In Maine, winner, 2020
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs


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