Bonnie L. Ball Wahrer
Bonnie Ball Wahrer is an associate in Pierce Atwood’s Trusts and Estates Practice Group where she represents individuals, families, fiduciaries, and institutional clients in all aspects of trust and estate planning, administration, controversy, and litigation. Bonnie also works with charitable organizations to incorporate and gain 501(c)(3) tax exempt-status.
Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Bonnie gained valuable insight into state appellate litigation as law clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, and federal pre-trial management and trial litigation experience as law clerk to the Honorable John H. Rich III of the United States District Court for the District of Maine.
While in law school, Bonnie served as editor-in-chief of the Maine Law Review, and pioneered the path for dual enrollment in the University of Maine School of Law, Juris Doctor, and University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Master of Public Health (MPH) programs after being accepted into both in 2015.
Bonnie, a Buffalo, New York, native, lives in Gorham, Maine, with her husband, Bill, and their standard poodle, Belize, cats, Theodore and Alvin, and horse, Simon. Bonnie is an avid equestrian. She started riding as a young child, continued riding competitively at the intercollegiate level, and currently competes as an adult amateur in New England dressage and event show associations.
- Recipient of Pierce Atwood's Lancaster Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, given to the attorney who has contributed the highest number of pro bono hours in a year (2022)
- Recognized as a "Rising Star" in Estate Planning and Probate by Super Lawyers (2022)
- Katahdin Counsel honoree (2017)
- University of Maine School of Law Award for Overall Achievement, ALI CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award, given to the student in the graduating class who best represents a combination of scholarship and leadership
- University of Maine School of Law Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement in Health Law, given to the student achieving outstanding academic performance the selected area of the Maine Law curriculum
- Maine Estate Planning Council
- Maine State Bar Association
- Bar Preparation Taskforce, mentor, University of Maine School of Law (Summer 2020, Summer 2021)
- Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, student attorney (2017-2018)
- Maine State Bar Association New Lawyer’s Section and University of Maine School of Law’s SBA formal liaison (2016-2018)
- Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL), co-chair (2016-2018); MAPIL Fellowship recipient (2017); and MAPIL Fellowship Selection Committee member (2018)
- Volunteer Legal Project, volunteer student legal aid (2016-2017)
- Maine Law Policy Group, co-chair (2016-2017)
- Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, volunteer (2016 – 2017)
- State of Maine Dressage Association, board member, communication's team member, and membership coordinator