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Robert A. Levine

Criminal defense Attorney at Portland, ME

5.0   3 reviews

Licensed for 34 years

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    25%
    all types of offenses, misdemeanors to felonies, federal and state, in district and superior courts, mostly in Cumberland and York and Androscoggin Counties.

    33 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Family
    25%
    all aspects of family from divorce to judicial separation, parental rights, protection from abuse, guardianships of minors and disabled adults, and child protective work.

    33 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Personal injury
    25%
    all types of injuries on behalf of plaintiffs including motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, burns, and other injuries due to negligence.

    33 years, 1,200 cases

  4. Social Security & Disability
    25%
    social security disability and supplemental security income applications, requests for reconsideration, and requests for hearings before Administrative Law judge. (Most cases are won at the hearing level, where I represent clients in front of an ALJ.)

    33 years, 1,000 cases

  I have been practicing since 1988, when I graduated law school and hung my own shingle, taking primarily court appointed criminal cases in order to help indigent clients,  hone my skills as an advocate, and gain trial experience.  Criminal law was my first love, as it exposed me to people in need, without adequate resources, with substance abuse and mental heatlh issues, and with serious legal challenges.  I had my first jury trial, an arson case, 6 months out of law school.  I was pleasantly surprised when the jury acquitted my client, and I became hooked on the experience of advocacy on my feet.  I have taken that base of experience into other areas of practice, serving clients in similar need, with other legal issues.  Having a trial background has proved hugely beneficial, because it allows me to plan my cases in reverse, starting with the closing argument, and structuring my preparation around what I want to tell the judge or the jury in the end.  

 

   I enjoy personal injury cases because they compensate victims of negligence with money to address their needs, to redress their pain and suffering,  and to make them whole again.  At least that's the goal.  Sometimes money is a poor substitute for living with pain and suffering and permanent impairment, but it's the best we can do.  My fees in these cases are contingency fees, where I generally take one third of the gross amount collected. This means that, if the client doesn't get paid, then I don't get paid.

 

    I also enjoy the practice of social security disability.  These are clients whose injuries or impairments render them disabled, and prevent them from maintaining gainful employment.  The challenge in these cases is to build a medical record with evidence of medical treatment and evaluation, and to prepare a thorough memorandum for the administrative law judge to review in advance of hearing.  It is gratifying to see the weight of financial dislocation removed from an injured party who receives social security benefits.  Again, I offer a contingency fee agreement, with no money up front, and 1/4 of the retroactive benefits received if and when a client gets approved.  Again, if the client doesn't get paid, I don't get paid.

 

   Finally, I represent clients in family matters, from divorce to legal separation to protection from abuse to child protective matters.  The family is the foundation of our society, and I often think of the children whose lives are impacted by the way we do business as lawyers and advocates.  An effective advocate can see both sides, can forge compromise and encourage cooperation, while standing firm on principle.  It is a challenge to address the myriad needs of a family in divorce, and I aim to be accountable.  I return phone calls, I schedule meetings and mediations, both formal and informal. as I try to avoid litigation which proves both costly and time consuming.  

 

    I have been practice for 25 years. My father was a lawyer before me, for over 50 years.  I am blessed to be a part of this noble profession, and I am grateful to be able to help those in need.  Recently, I was awarded the Unsung Hero award by the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; honoring my commitment to criminal defense.  I am active in my community, serving on the Board of Advisors of the Mitchell Foundation (which provides scholarships and mentoring services to graduating high school seniors throughout the state of Maine) , the Board of Trustees of Maine Mental Heatlh Partners (which serves the needs of the mentally ill throughout the much of the state), and the Chevra Kadisha (a Jewish organization committed to providing low cost funerals to individuals in the Jewish tradition).  I also have served as President of Temple Beth El Brotherhood for the last 25 years.  My wife and I met in law school.  We have been married for 23 years, and are blessed with two wonderful children. 

 

  It is a privilege to practice law.  I never forget that.  I am happy and proud to serve.

 

Robert Levine

 

Licensed for 34 years
State ME
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 11/26/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Most Helpful Attorney for my Case
I contacted Attorney Levine for a consultation regarding a situation that I was rather embarrassed by the details of revealing due to the nature of what had transpired as I had not been free of guilt in this series of events. However, just like a physician who has heard "everything", Attorney Levine cut to the chase and did not allow for any emotionally vulnerable pieces to affect the entirity of what I was realistically looking at and why his thoughts on the matter may be of assistance but would be far from easy to execute that which I was most concerned from coming to fruition. That, in my mind, is a trait that is found only in the most experienced of defense attorneys as they make it quite clear that none of what they advise is for the purposes of "clearing you in the eyes of the court" but in guiding you down a path that his experience has shown will yield the most desirable outcome. He does not mince words nor does he allow for you to ask questions which have no real consequence in your case but does so in a manner that is respectful and efficient, considering your time and providing you with the best counsel by not TELLING you what to do but why what Attorney Levine has told you what his recommendation would be in your situation. Hire Attorney Levine only if you want the results his experience has proven tried and true. Thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Super helpful and knowledgeable
Attorney Levine provided me and my son with a free consultation regarding my son’s “driving to endanger” case. Between a 10-minute phone conversation and an hour-long meeting in his office, he gave us immensely helpful and detailed information and recommendations to aid my son’s defense. The case is quite serious, as my son is only 16 but is being charged as an adult. The case is also unusual, in that my son’s driving behavior was the result of some very unusual circumstances. We now hold a very refreshing view of my son’s prospects and feel much more prepared going forward.
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Posted by Theodore | May 23, 2014
Recommendation of Attorney Robert A. Levine
It is my pleasure to recommend Attorney Robert Levine. One can not over state how important it is to find a good Family Law attorney when you need one. Robert Levine, is the best in my opinion, and here is why: He is honest, meaning he tells you like it is up front, not just what you want to hear; His prices are very fair; He follows-up always, keeping me informed about what's happening; He knows the law, and has excellent rapport, with Judges, the Courts, and importantly Maine Human Services, because he is such a straight shooter; Important to me in explaining Maine law, Attorney Levine, did not speak down to me. Indeed, what I liked best about Robert, after I explained my situation to him, he would verbally debate, and analyze both sides of my case, thinking out loud, explaining the merits, and weaknesses, and whether he could help, or not. Right up front, so surprises! He is indeed, a rare find in the Legal profession, honest, with integrity. I not only highly recommend him, I would engage him again in a minute. Respectfully, Theodore
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Robert A. Levine Attorney at Law
  • 1988 - Present

Education

  • University of Maine School of
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • University of Maine School of Law
  • 1988

Associations

  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1995 - Present
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Unsung Hero
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Unsung Hero
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • University of Maine School of Law
  • starting your own law practice
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert is a thoughtful, knowledgeable, and diligent attorney. He is without a doubt one of the best criminal defense lawyers I've worked with."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. I have known Robert for more than 25 years. Robert has strong negotiating and trials skills. Most importantly, he never gives up and continues to preservere. This character trail also means that he does not take things for granted, but continues to fight for his client. I also endorse Robert for personal injury cases. Overall, he is among the best attorneys in Cumberland County"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Have known Bob to be an excellent and aggressive criminal lawyer for the last 25 years. One of the best."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert Levine. Bob is conscientious and intelligent, he works hard, and achieves great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert Levine is intelligent, hard working, creative and highly committed to his clients. I endorse him strongly."
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Portland Criminal defense Lawyer Robert A. Levine
Robert A. Levine
Criminal defense Attorney
Portland, ME
Licensed for 34 years
Free Consultation