William Lee is a Shareholder in the Firm. His practice in Maine involves all aspects of litigation, personal injury, estate planning, criminal defence, divorce, and municipal law. He serves as City Solicitor for Waterville, Town Attorney for Winslow, and legal counsel for Fairfield and several small municipalities. The Florida portion of his practice concentrates in estate planning, probate, and dual residency issues. Bill’s personable nature and practical approach to issues are greatly appreciated by his clients.
In 2008, Bill gave a presentation on multi-jurisdictional probate and estate practice issues as part of the Presidential Showcase Seminar of the Florida Bar and has published several articles on residency, taxation and probate issues for Maine-Florida residents. In 2011, he was the Defence Bar representative in a Maine Bar Association seminar on Involuntary Commitment of the Mentally Ill. In May 2012, Bill gave a presentation on multi-jurisdictional estate planning at the Maine Bankers’ Association annual Trust and Wealth Management Seminar. In 2014, he served as the patient representative on a working group appointed by the state supreme court to make recommendations on changes to the state’s laws on civil commitment of the mentally ill.
Bill has lived in Waterville since 1982 and was a member of the Waterville City Council for six years (two as Chairman). He also served on the Waterville School Board for three years. Bill is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Global Forum and a part-time professor at Colby College, where he teaches courses in Comparative Law and the U.S. Legal System. In January, 2013, Bill took 16 Colby College students to Havana, Cuba, as part of a class he taught on Comparative Legal Systems. The blog for the class can be viewed at http://web.colby.edu/cubajanplan/. In May, 2013, he gave a presentation entitled: Life in Cuba Today for the Mid-Maine Global Forum. He is a past President of the Out-of-State Division of the Florida Bar and currently serves on its Executive Council.
Upon recommendation of the Speaker of the House and Governor, Bill was appointed to the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices in January of 2016 and was elected Chair of the Commission in 2018. The five-member bipartisan commission is an independent state agency that administers campaign finance laws, the Maine Clean Elections Act and lobbyist disclosure laws and provides advisory ethics opinions to the legislature.
Bill is peer rated “AV: Preeminent” in Litigation, Wills and Probate and Municipal Law by Martindale-Hubbell. He is also client rated “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell.
Bill has two adult daughters and resides in Waterville with his wife, Linda. He is an avid runner, golfer, kayaker and bird-watcher, escaping to Baxter State Park whenever the opportunity presents itself.