Zachary M. Paakkonen

Zachary M. Paakkonen

  • Divorce, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence...
  • Maine
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Summary

Zack Paakkonen has represented clients with excellence in state courts and before administrative agencies in family matters, criminal proceedings, child protective matters, and civil litigation since 2005. Before resuming private practice at Portland Legal, Zack was an attorney at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, where he successfully advocated for civil rights before courts, legislatures, and governmental agencies in impact litigation and policy advocacy throughout New England. Zack is from Bucksport, Maine, and is a 2005 graduate of Cornell Law School. He also holds a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Southern Maine. In 2008, Zack co-founded a general practice law firm in Portland. His work included criminal defense, work with the foster care system, and work as a rostered Guardian ad Litem, as well as representing clients in matters of family law and other probate matters, advising clients regarding discrimination matters in school and employment, handling matters involving youth in a variety of contexts, and advocacy with state government on public policy matters. Zack also contributed a chapter on legal protections for transgender youth to Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy, published in 2012. He is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association and its Family Law Institute, where he serves on the Executive Committee. He also serves as a Board Advisor to the Trans Youth Equality Foundation and currently sits on the board of Equality Maine. Outside of work, Zack is a serious baseball fan, and follows the Boston Red Sox, the Portland Seadogs, the World Baseball Classic, and whatever baseball game he can find to watch.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Juvenile Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Bankruptcy
  • Education Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Gov & Administrative Law
  • Business Law
  • Insurance Claims
Additional Practice Areas
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Law
  • General Civil
  • Car Accidents
  • Constitutional Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Please contact me for information about consultations. Flat fees and payment plans available.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Maine
Languages
  • Spanish: Written
Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Portland Legal LLC
- Current
Staff Attorney
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
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Managing Partner
West End Legal, LLC
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Education
Cornell University
J.D
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Honors: General Editor, International Law Journal
University of Maine - University of Southern Maine
B.A / Linguistics
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Honors: Magna cum Laude General University Honors
Professional Associations
Maine State Bar Association # 009857
Member
Current
Equality Maine
Member of Board of Directors
- Current
LGBT Bar Association Family Law Institute
Executive Committee Member
- Current
National LGBT Bar Association
- Current
Maine Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Member
- Current
Maine Guardian ad Litem Institute
Member
- Current
Certifications
Rostered Guardian ad Litem
State of Maine
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Contact & Map
P.O. Box 8585
PORTLAND, ME, USA
Telephone: (207) 518-8663