The Staff At Our Law Firm In Maine

Our professional staff will work with you to find innovative resolutions to even the most complex matters.

Barbie Willey

Office Administrator

Barbie joined the team in 1985 as a Legal Assistant. Today, she is the Office Administrator and manages the day-to-day operations of the firm, including human resources, facilities and benefits. Having worked at CT for over 37 years, she can testify that the firm is a great place to work. In her spare time, Barbie and her husband, David like to travel, hike and camp exploring the Maine woods. Barbie is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.,

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Charlie Corbett

Controller

Charlie is responsible for managing all aspects of accounting operations at Curtis Thaxter, including budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting, tax reporting, and internal control review and improvement. He works closely with the Managing Partner and Firm management advising on financial management and planning for the firm.

Charlie received his B.S. in Accounting from Bentley University and is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators and past President of the Downeast (Maine) Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators. He resides in Wells with his wife and two children.

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Megan Andersen

Paralegal

Megan has been with the firm since September 2020. She has over 20 years experience in real estate matters focusing on title abstracting and transactional work. She is a magna cum laude graduate from Simmons College and received her law degree from Maine Law in 2017. She was born and raised in Maine with a stint in Utah, but now resides in Cape Elizabeth. She spends her free time with family and friends with emphasis on riding bikes and skiing with her partner, Erik, and his pup, Lexi.

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Ava Clark

Legal Office Assistant

Ava joined the firm in 2023 as a Legal Office Assistant. Ava grew up in Old Orchard Beach. She enjoys skiing, swimming, fishing and boating on Sebago Lake. Ava recently spent two years living in Utah and is now living in Portland.

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Melinda Eldridge

Legal Assistant

Melinda joined the firm in September 1995 as a Legal Assistant. She currently works in the firm's real estate and employment and healthcare practice groups. Melinda was raised in Dayton, ME, went to an airline/travel school in Pittsburgh, PA, then moved to Winter Garden, FL where she worked at Walt Disney World for 4 years. She returned to Maine in 1986 and now resides in West Newfield, ME with her significant other, Bill. She loves the peace and quiet, and beauty of where she lives. Melinda enjoys visiting her son, Gabriel, whitewater rafting, hiking, traveling and shopping!

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Heidi Fowler

Accounting Clerk

Heidi rejoined Curtis Thaxter in September of 2022. Heidi works part time in the accounting department focusing on billing and accounts payables. When not working, Heidi enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls.

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Melodie Hopkins

Paralegal

Melodie has been with the firm since 1999. She is our Corporate and Real Estate paralegal working in transactional matters. Melodie was born in Moncton, New Brunswick and has resided in Scarborough, Maine for over 20 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband of 41 years, her sons and their partners and especially her grandchildren.

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Suzanne Johnson

Paralegal

Suzanne has worked as a Real Estate Paralegal with the firm since September 1994 focusing on title abstracting and transactional real estate matters. Suzanne was born and raised in the Biddeford/Saco area and currently lives in Saco with her husband, Roger. Suzanne enjoys spending time with her husband and family.

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Rebecca Kinney

Paralegal

Rebecca has been with the firm since 2006 when she joined as Legal Assistant to Pete Thaxter. Since 2010, she has been the firm's Estate Planning and Probate paralegal and also supports the firm's litigation practice group. Rebecca lives in Cumberland with her husband and their black lab, Buddy.

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Teri Lorrence

Legal Assistant

Teri has been with the firm as a Legal Assistant since November 1997. Teri is also the firm's Systems Administrator and works closely with our outside consultant for all IT related matters. Teri is a member of the corporate, estate planning and real estate practice groups, as well as managing the firm’s closed file project. Teri was born in Texas and raised all across the country, living the life of an Air Force brat. She made her home here in Maine when her father retired from service. Teri lives in Westbrook.

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Maria Maffucci

Legal Assistant

Maria joined the firm in March 2024 as a Legal Assistant within the Litigation Department. Originally from Revere, MA, Maria moved to Portland, ME after graduating cum laude from the University of Maine, Orono, in 2018. She has greatly enjoyed all that living in Maine has to offer, and has become emersed in many local civic organizations, such as the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, PROPEL, the Junior League or Portland, and the Maine Women’s Conference. When she is not working, you can find her cooking, playing guitar, or sweating it out at the gym.

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Shannon O’Connor Randall

Paralegal

Shannon has been a real estate title abstractor since 2005 joining the firm as a Real Estate Paralegal in October, 2022. Shannon researches, assists and prepares title files, as well as focusing on real estate transactional matters for the firm. She grew up in Bowdoin, Maine and now resides in Old Orchard Beach, Maine with her husband Jeremy.

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Karen Shanahan

Paralegal

Karen has been with Curtis Thaxter since 2015. Karen works with clients and the firm’s attorneys, handling loan and financing transactions with an emphasis on transactions involving low-income housing tax credits. Karen started her career in real estate and financing in 1987 when she moved to Newry, Maine to work in the real estate office at a local ski resort. She and her husband, Bill, live in Scarborough with Mabel (their Bernese Mountain Dog). When Karen isn’t working or practicing yoga, she and Bill enjoy time with their grandchildren, going for walks with Mabel, or visiting Maine’s beautiful coastline.

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Patti Smith

Legal Assistant

Patti has been with Curtis Thaxter since 2004 when she joined the firm as a Legal Assistant. She is also the firm's Receptionist and works in both the corporate and real estate practice groups. Patti also serves as the firm's Hiring Coordinator. When Patti is not working, she and her husband Wayne enjoy camping and going on walks with their rescue dog, Sassy.

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Nancy Wall

Office Assistant

Nancy has been with the firm since 2004, originally as receptionist and has transitioned to office services. She resides in South Portland and enjoys time with her family and her dogs.

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Julie Washburn

Paralegal

Julie is a litigation paralegal with Curtis Thaxter and joined the firm in 2004 assisting Curtis Thaxter’s attorneys in civil litigation. Julie has over 25+ years of litigation experience providing support in all phases of litigation including case review, discovery, motion practice, assistance and support at trial, and appeal. In addition, Julie assists in preparing applications for registration and the maintenance of Curtis Thaxter clients’ trademarks.
In her free time, Julie enjoys riding her motorcycle with her husband, hiking, spending time with family and her dog Everest.

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Cassandra Wescom

Legal Assistant

Cassandra joined the firm in 2024 as a Legal Assistant. She has a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Thomas College. She grew up in Vermont but fell in love with all Maine has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and hiking.

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