Daniel E. Wathen

With 25 years of judicial experience including 10 years as Chief Justice of Maine, Dan Wathen is an expert in litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Since rejoining Pierce Atwood in 2002, Dan has developed an extensive mediation and arbitration practice in Maine and throughout the nation and Puerto Rico. His ADR assignments cover the entire spectrum of business litigation, including mergers, securities, insurance, employment, professional malpractice, valuation, public and private construction projects, personal injury and products liability.

Prior to becoming a judge, Dan was a trial lawyer, both civil and criminal, with some emphasis on defense work for insurance companies. He also handled a significant amount of transactional work for state and federal government loan guarantee agencies in connection with industrial and recreational projects.

Honors & Distinctions
  • Received The Muskie Access to Justice Award for his lifelong commitment to justice for low income and elderly Americans
  • Listed since 2005 in The Best Lawyers in America® for Arbitration and Mediation
  • Panelist for the American Arbitration Association, American Health Lawyers Association, and included on the national general counsel panel of distinguished neutrals maintained by CPR: International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
Professional Activities
  • Maine Bar Association
  • American Law Institute
  • Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Lawyers Committee of The National Center for State Courts
  • Former Chair, National Judicial College
  • Former Vice Chair, The National Center for State Courts and the National Conference of Chief Justices
Civic Activities
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Maine Turnpike Authority (2011-present)
  • Chair and member, Board of Maine's Community College System (2003-2011)
  • Founding member, Board of Directors, Foundation for Maine Community Colleges (2010-present)
  • President, Board of Directors, Elsie & William Viles Foundation
  • Board of Trustees, Jobs for Maine's Graduates
  • Board of Trustees, Augusta Food Bank

Practice Areas

Representative Experience
  • Insurance claims arising from explosion of gas pipeline
  • Contractual claims arising from major oil spill
  • Accounting malpractice claims regarding the sale of tax strategies and the preparation of corporate tax returns
  • Distribution agreement for medical devices
  • Hospital claims for improper reimbursement for medical services
  • Claim of sexual harassment in employment
  • Wrongful discharge claim by CEO
  • Bridge construction dispute
  • Personal injury from a swimming accident at a resort