As the leader of Pierce Atwood’s Government Relations practice, Andrea Maker provides governmental relations services in Maine and in Washington, DC with Maine's Congressional delegation. Her practice includes lobbying, government contracts, and strategic positioning of organizations to achieve desired outcomes. Her advocacy focus includes issues in economic development, workforce development, and real estate.

Andrea is adept at building coalitions and developing effective stakeholder relations. She operates in a manner that enhances the credibility and reputation of her clients. Her sensible and proactive approach is refreshing and empowering in the complex and sometimes perplexing public policy arena. Committed to creating a strong and vibrant state of Maine, Andrea enjoys working with clients and as a volunteer to strengthen Maine's economy.

Andrea has developed strong and personal relationships with countless policy makers, business people, and association leaders during her lifetime in Maine. She has served on nonprofit boards including the Susan L. Curtis Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation. She and her husband, Scott, hope that their four children always feel they have an opportunity to live and work in Maine.

Trained as a litigator at Pierce Atwood, she also represented clients in legislative pursuits. She then moved in-house as Director of Public Affairs for former Champion International Paper Company, where for ten years she deployed a broad array of public affairs tools in the company’s media, community and government relations. In the mid-90s, she was a leader in the statewide forestry referenda campaigns. She has also volunteered on campaigns of several legislative races.

From 2004 to early 2011, Andrea was a Vice President for a not-for-profit, Maine health care company, leading its rebranding, communication, legislative relations, and policy activities. Andrea is delighted to have returned to Pierce Atwood as a partner in the Government Relations practice. 

Andrea is also a Certified Healthcare Insurance Executive and has a Certificate of Professional Achievement from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Government Relations since 2013, and named "Lawyer of the Year" in Augusta, Maine for Government Relations in 2015
  • Received the 2014 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: Government Contracts Attorney of the Year in Maine
  • Recipient of the 2016 Maine Real Estate and Development Association Public Policy Award
  • Named one of four "Women to Watch" by Mainebiz in 2016
  • Recognized in Maine magazine's 2016 "50 Mainers" issue
  • Awarded the Crystal Heart Award by the American Heart Association, Maine Chapter in 2017

Professional Activities

  • Member, Commission on the Future of Maine, 1989
  • Member, Commission on the Future of Maine's Paper Industry, 1995

Civic Activities

  • Co-chair, FocusMaine, 2014 – present
  • Board Member, Maine Community Foundation, 2009 – 2011
  • Board Member, Susan F. Curtis Foundation, 2003 – 2010
  • Founding Board Member, Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education 1990 – 1995

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

  • Designed and managed the startup phase of Project>Login, a public-private partnership with a goal to double the computer science graduates from Maine’s university system in four years. Signature programs include paid summer internships with Maine employers and campus networking events for employers, students and faculty to excite and retain future employees. Maine was recently designated a TechHire site by the White House, in part due to the results of Project>Login.
  • Co-chair of FocusMaine, a private sector-led effort to catalyze the growth of select signature industries. Recruited an Academic Advisory Team including:  James Page, Chancellor of the University of Maine; Danielle Ripich, President of University of New England, James Dlugos, President of St. Joseph’s College; Laurie Lachance, President of Thomas College and David Greene, President of Colby College. John Fitzsimmons, former President of Maine Community College System serves on FocusMaine Leadership Team.
  • 2014 graduate of Leadership Maine PHI class with classmates who are on the front lines of workforce development in the Portland area at Portland Adult Education and Southern Maine Community College.
  • Lobbied to restore full funding to the Maine Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement program.

Representative Experience

  • Rebranded a multistate healthcare organization and positioned its president as a national thought leader in health care