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July 2013 Archives

Client Rating of Tim Zerillo - "Best Lawyer in Maine"

I was just touched and happy to receive this review from a client on my lawyer review page of AVVO.com:

Best Attorney in Maine

Posted by a Child Abuse client, 11 days ago.                 
Overall rating
 Excellent
Trustworthy
 Excellent
Responsive
 Excellent
Knowledgeable
 Excellent
Kept me informed
 Excellent
  • I recommend Timothy Zerillo.
  • I hired Timothy < 1 month ago.
  • Timothy handled my Child Abuse matter.
  • I have previously worked with 3-5 lawyers.
Tim Zerillo recently represented my family in a very complicated and sensitive family matter. Tim selflessly stepped up to defend us in what was against all odds. We had no hope, no case. Tim worked seamlessly and gave all he had. He was willing to do "whatever it took" to rescue my son, and he did. This was my mission. I needed a miracle, I knew I was asking for the impossible, yet I still required counsel for damage control. Tim worked for my family like it was his own. I was coming from a very desperate place, I hadn't slept or eaten in 3 weeks, I was a nightmare client. In 24 hours from meeting Tim, we left the court with nothing short of a miracle. I will forever be grateful to Tim. Attorney Zerillo kept our family together and saved my baby from a life of fear and abuse. Words are inadequate.

I truly appreciate the kind words!

--Tim Zerillo
Zerillo Law, LLC
 
Timothy E. Zerillo has been included in every edition New England Super Lawyers since 2010, for his Super Lawyers page click here. Timothy E. Zerillo has a 10 out of 10 rating from AVVO.com, for his ratings page, click here

Hard Work, Experience and Cleverness Wins Cases

I finished a case I have handled for about a year recently involving a massage therapist accused of felony sexual assaults on 3 different women.  All three of the women were actively interested in prosecution and felt very victimized by my client.The prosecution, understandably, was not excited by the prospect of offering us deals that we wanted.  Since the cases were joined together by indictment, I felt that we would have considerable trouble trying these cases with multiple alleged victims, so I went about trying to sever them.Severing joined counts in Maine is not as easy as it used to be.  In the 2012 case of State v. Bradley Lemay, the Maine Supreme Court made it a whole lot more difficult, in fact.  For the opinion on State. v. Lemay, you can click here.In this case, I was able to find a way around this issue.  We spent some hard fought time researching and arguing a Motion to Sever.  The prosecutor did a very nice job, but in the end, we won this one.By winning the Motion to Sever, I now felt a lot better about my trial prospects and the prosecutor felt worse about his.  After months of negotiation my client plead yesterday to fully suspended sentences to misdemeanor non-sex offender registration offenses.  No jail, no felony, no sex offender registration.When I got back to the office I got a message from my Client's Mother.  She called to let me know that she thought I was a genius.I would love to take credit for being a genius, but I can't.  Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation cases are won by hard work, experience and a clever strategy.  For more on Zerillo Law, LLC, you can call our Portland office at 207.775.4255, visit our website at www.GetZerillo.com or email me at Tim@GetZerillo.com.

 
--Tim Zerillo
Zerillo Law, LLC
 
Timothy E. Zerillo has been included in every edition New England Super Lawyers since 2010, for his Super Lawyers page click here. Timothy E. Zerillo has a 10 out of 10 rating from AVVO.com, for his ratings page, click here

Contingent Fees for Business Litigation and Contract Disputes in Maine

As I small business owner myself, I am sensitive to the traditional model of business litigation.  In that model, you have a lawsuit with another company in which you have a valid claim.  Perhaps they are a bigger company than you are, and as a result, they can push you around with your litigation costs.  Traditionally, you would either forgo your claim, or hire someone like me to handle it.  After years of litigation and massive attorneys fees you would either win or lose.  It takes a lot of money to get to that point, however.
 
I have not understood why these traditional business litigation firms don't take good business litigation cases under a contingency fee or hybrid contingency fee agreement.  We will consider such cases throughout the State of Maine.
 
This evens the playing field a bit.  Our model allows smaller businesses with limited financial resources to pursue litigation against larger organizations who have harmed them. 

 Our business litigation practice includes:
 
1. Contract disputes
2. Investor's Rights
3. Intellectual Property and
4. Business Fraud
 
In other words, contingent fees aren't just for personal injury and medical malpractice cases (although we handle those cases too!).
 
There is more than one type of contingent fee.  Here are a few types to consider:
 
1. Traditional Contingent Fee: this is the "no recovery, no fee" method.  Traditionally, the lawyer takes 33 1/3% (sometimes higher) of the recovery, plus costs.
 
2. Hybrid Contingent Fee: Client pays the lawyer a discounted hourly fee and the lawyer gets a percentage of the client's recovery, which is a lower percentage than the Traditional Contingent Fee.
 
3. Minimum Fee: Client pays a minimum flat fee per month and the lawyer gets a percentage of the client's recovery, which is a lower percentage than the Traditional Contingent Fee.
 
For more on Zerillo Law, LLC, you can call our Portland office at 207.775.4255, visit our website at www.GetZerillo.com or email me at Tim@GetZerillo.com.
 
--Tim Zerillo
Zerillo Law, LLC
 
Timothy E. Zerillo has been included in every edition New England Super Lawyers since 2010, for his Super Lawyers page click here. Timothy E. Zerillo has a 10 out of 10 rating from AVVO.com, for his ratings page, click here

Maine Supreme Court Update Spousal Support - Thumith v. Thumith - July 16, 2013

On July 13, the Maine Supreme Court issued an interesting decision on spousal support.  After Husband and Wife separated, they stipulated to shared parental rights and responsibilities for their two children. The district court later entered a divorce judgment determining marital property, marital debt, and spousal support. The court concluded that the circumstances of his case warranted an equal division of marital property and debt even though Husband had a significantly greater earning capacity than Wife. Wife appealed. The Supreme Court vacated the judgment and remanded for reconsideration of the property distribution and debt allocation, holding that the gulf between the parties' expected post-marriage earnings did not constitute a circumstance that would justify an equal division of marital property and debt. On remand, the court was instructed to reconsider the issues of spousal support and attorney fees along with the parties' financial relationship.  This case provides precedent that the post-marital earnings of spouses are a considerable factor to be taken into consideration in determining a settlement of the marital estate.
 
The Thumith v. Thumith case may be found here.
 
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Courts - A Hopeful Post From a Classic

The way Courts should be for women and men:"Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal."
— Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird"