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Jim is admitted to the Maine and Massachusetts Bars, the U.S. District Courts in Maine and Massachusetts, and First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jim began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts, then became a commercial litigation associate at large law firms in Portland and Boston. He served as general counsel to several start ups and small businesses. Jim returned to private practice in 2007, and launched a solo practice in 2010.

Jim grew up in Lewiston and comes from a long line of lawyers and public servants. He obtained a B.A. in History and Government from Colby College and graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School, where he was awarded the Drinan Fellowship in Criminal Law.

Jim has had a lifelong interest and commitment to advocating for people with disabilities. Prior to earning his law degree, Jim taught school and worked with young adults with developmental disabilities. A significant part of his law practice focuses on representing injured or disabled individuals. On a more personal level, he is also a parent of a child receiving special education services. Jim serves on the board of Disability Rights Center, which is Maine’s protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities; Southern Maine Parent Awareness, a statewide advocacy group for parents of children with disabilities; and StriveU, which provides services for young adults with developmental disabilities as they transition from high school.

Jim is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), Maine State Bar Association, Maine Employment Lawyers Association, and Maine Trial Lawyers Association. Jim also sits on the Town of Cumberland’s Housing Authority and Personnel Appeals Board. He is an avid Red Sox fan, and enjoys golf and skiing. He and his family live in Cumberland.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 20%
  2. Litigation: 20%
  3. Education: 20%
  4. Employment: 20%
  5. Civil Rights: 20%



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Law Office of James Clifford LLC

One Monument Way
Second Floor
Portland, ME, 04101


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Drinan Fellowship in Criminal LawDrinan Family1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of James Clifford, LLC2010 - Present
CounselTaylor McCormack & Frame LLC2007 - 2010
CounselPrivately Held Business2006 - 2007
PrincipalLaw Office of James Clifford, PC2002 - 2006
AssociateHutchins Wheeler & Dittmar2000 - 2002
AssociateBernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson1998 - 2000
Assistant District AttorneyHampden County District Attorney's Office1997 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Disability Rights CenterBoard of DirectorsN/A
STRIVE USteering CommitteeN/A
Maine Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Maine Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Maine State Bar Association, Lawyer Referral and Information Service CommitteeBoard MemberN/A
Council of Parent Attorneys and AdvocatesMemberN/A
Town of CumberlandPersonnel Appeals Board and Cumberland Housing CommitteeN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1997
Colby CollegeHistory and GovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1990