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Timothy E. Zerillo


Location: Portland, Maine

Phone: 207-775-4255

Fax: 207-775-4229

Tim Zerillo is the Managing Partner of Hallett, Zerillo & Whipple.  He has been nominated to New England Super Lawyers every year since 2010.  In 2016, he was elected to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 for Criminal Defense.  Attorney Zerillo is a former Allstate Insurance claims representative, and he uses that knowledge to represent his clients in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases.  Attorney Zerillo is also the Maine co-founder of the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators, and he handles serious financial matters in the areas of divorce and business litigation.

Attorney Zerillo lives in Portland with his Wife and two children.  He is a youth basketball coach, competitive distance runner and big fan of the Boston sports teams.  

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Business
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Medical and Legal Malpractice
  • Civil Rights Law and Appeals

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 2001
  • U.S. District Court District of Maine, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2004
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America


  • New England Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 2000
    • Honors: Lead Counsel, ABA National Mock Trial Competition, Northeast Region
    • Honors: C.A.L.I. "Award for Future Excellence," U.S. District Court Judge Gordon A. Martin
    • Honors: Honors Graduate
    • Law Review: New England International and Comparative Law Annual, 2001
  • University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire
    • B.A. - 1995
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Published Author: The New Hampshire, Main Street Magazine
    • Major: English, Economics Concentration

Published Works

  • "The Police Are Knocking On My Client's Door and I Don't Practice Criminal Law ? What Do I Do?", Maine Lawyer's Review, May 24, 2012
  • "Confrontation Clause Update after Michigan v. Bryant", Maine Lawyer's Review, May 5, 2011
  • "Confrontation Clause Rights in Maine in Domestic Violence Cases", Maine Lawyers Review, September 9, 2010
  • "President's Page", Maine Defender, Summer, 2010
  • "Melendez-Diaz Requires Maine Restructure the State's Presentation of Evidence in Operating after Suspension Trials", Maine Lawyer's Review, 2010
  • "President's Page", The Maine Defender, Spring, 2010
  • "President's Page", Maine Defender, Winter, 2010
  • "Pre-Charge Defense of Child Sexual Abuse Allegations", Maine Lawyer's Review, 2009
  • "President's Page", Maine Defender, Fall, 2009
  • "Criminal Law: Go Beyond the Maine Criminal Rules for Exculpatory Evidence", Maine Lawyer's Review, 2008
  • "Criminal Law: Yes Virginia, Grand Jury Transcripts Do Exist", Maine Lawyer's Review, 2007
  • "Beware the Adam Walsh Act" , The Maine Defender, 2007
  • "Equal Protection and Due Process in the First Circuit for Criminal Aliens in Deportation Proceedings: Another Reason to Vacation Overseas", Timothy E. Zerillo, New England International and Comparative Law Annual, Vol. 7, 2001
  • "The 'New' Use of Force Requirements for Misdemeanor Domestic Assault Convictions,", Maine Lawyer's Review, September, 2014

Representative Cases


  • “Can I Say That? Ethical Issues in Opening Statements and Closing Arguments,” Maine Trial Lawyers and Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Seminar, December 8, 2016.
  • How To Deal With the DEA,” Home Grown Maine Tradeshow and Expo, Augusta Civic Center, June 5, 2016
  • Law Panel,” Home Grown Maine Tradeshow and Expo, Augusta Civic Center, June 5, 2016
  • Defending Child Pornography Prosecutions, Association of Federal Defense Attorneys, April 30, 2014
  • Lecturer, "Collateral Consequences and Firearm Rights", Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's Annual Seminar, May 31, 2012
  • "Domestic Violence: Collateral Consequences of Domestic Assault Convictions", York Bar Association, October 26, 2011
  • Guest Lecturer, "Critical Issues in Criminal Justice", St. Joseph's College, October 8, 2010
  • "Zealous Advocacy in Criminal Defense", York and Cumberland County Bar Associations, 2009
  • Lecturer, "Attacking the Medical Evidence in Child Sex Abuse Cases", Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers CLE, 2009
  • "Hit Hard, Hit First: Criminal Defense for the Modern Practitioner", Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers CLE
  • Speaker, "Ethical and Practical Considerations of Replacement Counsel", June 5, 2008
  • Speaker, "New Horizons in Setting Conditions of Release", York and Cumberland County Bar Association, 2008
  • Adjunct Professor, Business Ethics, an Upper-Class Business Department Course, Saint Joseph's College, Business Department, Standish, Maine, 2001 - 2002

Honors and Awards

  • Elected to Super Lawyers of New England, Rising Stars, 2010 - 2012
  • President's Award Winner for 2012, Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2012
  • Perfect Score for Legal Ability and Ethics by www.AVVO.com
  • BV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • New England Super Lawyers Recipient, 2013-present
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Top 10 for 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Immediate Past President, 2010 - 2011
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President, 2009 - 2010
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President Elect, 2008 - 2009
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Vice President, 2007 - 2008
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2006 - Present
  • Continuing Legal Education, Chairperson, 2007 - Present
  • Maine Trial Lawyer's Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Edward Gignoux Inn of Court, Member, 2008 - Present
  • Allstate Insurance Company, South Portland, Maine, Claims Representative, 1995 - 1997
  • American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators, Founder, Maine Chapter, 2016 - Present

Recent Blog Posts


  • Thanks

    Thanks Tim for helping me succeed 
  • Child Custody Case

    I recommend Timothy Zerillo. I hired Timothy 1-6 months ago. Timothy handled my Child Custody matter. I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers. I looked around for lawyers as soon as I had the money for a retainer. Hallett, Zerillo & Whipple Law was the only firm confident enough to take...
  • So grateful

    Dear Tim, How to put into words what I am feeling? A tremendous despair has been lifted from me. We are so grateful to you for not only your superb handling of Matt's case but also your thoughtful and caring recognition of the man he has become. You have made a direct and patriotic contribution ...
  • Never Faltered in his Support

    Our son's future is brighter and more hopeful than we could have ever expected due to the legal and interpersonal skills of Tim Zerillo. Our son spent the last three years turning his life completely around by joining the Army. He was decorated no less than five times during combat in Afghanista...
  • Professional, experienced, winner

    Tim is the consummate professional. What elevates his status is his intelligence, experience, wit, charm and caring nature. He really makes you feel 100% comfortable leaving the driving to him. From the first day meeting Tim I knew the right decision was made. In troubled times there is no greate...
  • Patient and Considerate

    Tim, I just wanted to thank you for your patience and consideration. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. If you get the chance stop by the shop. Maybe I can do some work for you this time!
  • I appreciate everything

    Tim, Thank you for everything. I greatly appreciated the time and energy you spent on my case and the compassion you had towards me when I was a crazy woman. If you ever need a running partner, give me a call.
  • 5 Star Review on AVVO for Tim Zerillo From Divorce Client

    Tim took over from my first (sub-standard) attorney at a critical juncture in my divorce proceedings, and saw me through very long, frustrating and difficult negotiations and mediation to an outcome that was much better than I expected. Tim is an experienced, knowledgeable, and tenacious attorney...
  • Generous to a fault!

    Tim, You are such a wonderful person – God definitely broke the mold when he made you! You are kind and generous to a fault. You embolden hope for everyone and anyone around you. We have been certainly blessed to have had the opportunity to know you! With love,
  • Email and Christmas Greetings From Kuwait - Best Defense Lawyer in Maine

    Happy Holidays! Thanks again for being the best defense lawyer in Maine! You have given back to the Department Of Defense, in my opinion, a valuable asset. 10 well trained troops in fiscal year 2012 towards Operation Enduring Freedom. I salute you for your service Mr. Zerillo.
  • Thanks!

    Tim, Thank you very much for all you have done for me!
  • Congratulations!

    Hi Tim, Donna and I both want to congratulate you on winning the Rising Star 2010 award from the New England Super Lawyers Association!!! Not only have we found you to be a compassionate and considerate human being but you are also a brilliant legal mind. A rare combination indeed. Again Congra...
  • Best Attorney in Maine

    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 d...
  • One of a Kind

    Tim, We wanted to thank you for everything you have done and believing in us. Your generosity has meant so much to our family. You are one of a kind. God bless you, Bob, Natalie and Ryan B.
  • Saved My Life

    I was charged with an serious drug offense that could've very realistically cost me 20 years in prison. I interviewed several attorneys and decided to use Tim because for several reasons. He knew exactly what to do from the start and was knowledgable from the get go where the other attorneys were...
  • 5 Star Review of Tim Zerillo From a Business Client

    I consider Tim and his firm an asset to my company. I would and have recommended him to many individuals and businesses over the past three years that he has represented Westbrook Creek. In business when you need your attorney there is no time to wait and his firm has always provided the response...
  • Truly Impressive

    Timothy Zerillo, along with his associates and staff, will forever be held by me in the highest regard. Tim and his firm represent the pinnacle of service and legal expertise. When I was sued by a former business associate, Tim immediately put me at ease and assured me that every course would be ...