Elizabeth J. Scheffee

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Gorham, ME

Scheffee Law, LLC
 | 7 Estate Drive, Gorham, ME 04038
Phone: 207-569-6344
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Elizabeth J. Scheffee is the founder and owner of Scheffee Law, LLC, in Gorham, Maine. Nationally ranked as one of the top attorneys in the country, Ms. Scheffee focuses her practice solely on family law, and she provides exceptional representation and support to clients throughout York County and the greater Portland and Gorham metro regions who are going through a divorce or have some other serious legal issue affecting their families.

    Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Scheffee has gained a reputation as a compassionate and personable lawyer who provides the solid, trustworthy advice her clients need to make the best-informed decisions. She is also highly versed in mediation, and she has achieved notable success helping her clients resolve their conflicts and reach favorable agreements without the need for expensive, time-consuming and adversarial court battles. However, she also has extensive trial experience and will not hesitate to take her clients' matters to court when necessary.

    Whether inside or outside the courtroom, Ms. Scheffee maintains an unwavering focus on protecting her clients' rights and best interests, as well as those of their children, and she has gained consistent top rankings and endorsements from her peers, including an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, along with many testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients.

    A leader in her field, she has written extensively and conducted numerous lectures and continuing legal education seminars across her region on a variety of topics related to divorce and family law. She has also served as president of the Maine State Bar Association and the Maine State Bar Foundation, and she has chaired or vice-chaired various committees for the Maine State Bar Association along with serving as its delegate representative to the American Bar Association. She is also a fellow with the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

    A 1980 graduate of the University of Virginia, Ms. Scheffee returned to her alma mater and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and the District of Maine as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Divorce, Mediation & Collaborative Law


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    About Elizabeth Scheffee

    Admitted: 1986, Maine

    Professional Webpage: https://scheffeelaw.com/about/


    • ABA Louis Brown Award for Legal Access 2003
    • Martindale-Hubble AV rating 5 out of 5 (peer rating), 2004 – 2019

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, New England Bar Association
    • Member, Maine Task Force on Ethics 2000, 2005 – 2008
    • Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Rule 53 of the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure
    • Member, Maine Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on the Code of Professional Responsibility, 1999 - 2005 
    • Member, Cumberland Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Public Affairs Committee, 1990 to 1993
    • Member, Family Law Advisory Commission, 1998 to 2000
    • Chair, Family Law Section, Maine State Bar Association, 1994
    • Legislative Vice-Chair, Family Law Section, Maine State Bar Association, 1993
    • Member, Family Law Section, Maine State Bar Association
    • Member, Maine State Bar Association’s Women’s Law Section
    • Member, Justice Action Group Organizational Working Group, 2000
    • Member, Edward Thaxter Gignoux Inn of Court, 2000
    • Governor, Board of Governors, Maine State Bar Association, 1996 - 2002
    • Member, Justice Action Group, 2000 – 2001, 2005 to 2007
    • Member, Self-Represented Litigant Task Force, 1999 to 2007
    • Chairperson, Finance Committee, Maine State Bar Association, 2000
    • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1993 - present
    • Ex Officio Member, The American Law Institute, 2001
    • Member, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Service Programs, 2001 - 2004 
    • Member, American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, 2004 - 2007 
    • President, Maine State Bar Association, 2001
    • State of Maine, 1986
    • Delegate, Maine Bar Association representative to ABA, 2015 to present
    • United States Supreme Court, 1996
    • Federal District Court, District of Maine, 1986
    • Federal District Court, District of Connecticut, 1985
    • State of Connecticut, 1984

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Fellow and Board Member, Maine Bar Foundation
    • Judge, Maine State Bar Association EXCEL Mock Trial, 1993 - 2002
    • President, Maine State Bar Foundation, 2007

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Commencing the Proceeding, Maine State Bar Association Domestic Relations: The Basics, 1990
    • Economics and Divorce, Moderator National Business Institute
    • Managing the Emotional Needs of Divorce Clients to Suit their Legal Needs, Maine State Bar Association Managing a Family Law Practice, 1992
    • Commencing the Proceeding, Maine State Bar Association Domestic Relations: The Basics, 1990
    • Preliminary Injunction Statute, 19 M.R.S.A. Co-Author, Alimony Statute, 19 M.R.S.A. §721, 1991
    • Interstate Child Custody Matters, Maine State Bar Association Emerging Issues in Domestic Practice, 1991
    • Family Law, Maine State Bar Association 1993 Legal Year in Review, 1993
    • Trial Tactics and Techniques - Custody and the Relocating Family, Maine State Bar Association Parenting Alternatives, 1993
    • Peculiarities of Family Law Issues in Bankruptcy and Bankrupt Issues in the Family Law Context, Maine State Bar Association Bankruptcy and Family Law, 1996
    • Requirements, Drafting & Implementation of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders and Qualified Medical Support Orders, Maine State Bar Association 1995 Annual Meeting, 1995
    • What's New with Marital Property Law in Maine, Maine State Bar Association The Economics of Divorce, 1995
    • Distribution of Property, Maine State Bar Association Practical Skills for the Family Lawyer, 1995
    • View from the Bench, Maine State Bar Association Bankruptcy and Family Law, 1996
    • Speaker, Maine State Bar Association, Augusta, Maine Significant Rule Changes, 2001
    • Basic Bankruptcy Overview: The Basic Tools that all Family Law Practitioners Need to Spot and Address the Bankruptcy Issues, Maine State Bar Association Bankruptcy and Family Law, 1996
    • Negotiation and Drafting the Defined Contribution Plan QDRO, Maine State Bar Association Pensions and Divorce: Complete QDRO Workshop, 1996
    • Moderator, Summit on the Profession, Professionalism and the Practice of Law, Maine State Bar Association, 1998
    • Moderator, Navigating the System: Nuts and Bolts of the Family Law Case, Maine State Bar Association, 1999
    • Attendee, A National Conference on Pro Se Litigation, State Justice Institute, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1999
    • Certificate of Completion, Bar Leadership Institute, American Bar Association, 2000
    • Speaker, Adult Children of Divorce, Bucknam Road Behavioral Health Center, Falmouth, Maine, 2000
    • Moderator, A Changing Market for Law Services: New Rules for a New Game, Maine State Bar Association, Bar Harbor, Maine, 2000
    • Speaker, Maine Legal Ethics, Lorman Education Services, South Portland, Maine, 2000
    • Guest, Law on the Line, Channel 4 local television, 2000
    • Moderator and Speaker, Public Forum on Proposed Changes to the Rules of Professional Responsibility and Civil Procedure, Maine State Bar Association, Winter Meeting, Rockport, Maine, 2001
    • Issues in Relocation Litigation, Maine State Bar Association, Family Law Institute, Augusta, Maine, 2001
    • Moderator, In Search of the Virtual Bench, Maine State Bar Association Summer Bar Meeting, Bar Harbor, Maine, 2001
    • Panelist, New Hampshire Bar Association Meeting How unbundled legal services work, and creating rules to permit limited scope representation, 2006
    • Speaker, National Lawyer Referral Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Establishing an Unbundled Legal Service Panel, 2002
    • Moderator, Unbundling - Civil and Ethical Rule Changes Ethics 2000 comes to Maine: Should Maine Revise its Bar Rules to More Closely Coincide with the ABA Model Rules of Professional Responsibility?, 2006
    • Speaker, Massachusetts Bar Association Annual Meeting Establishing Rules to Permit Limited Scope Representation, 2005
    • Speaker, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, What is unbundled legal service and how does it work, 2005
    • Panelist, Eastern Regional Conference on Access to Justice White Plains, New York, 2006
    • Presenter, York County Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Family Law, 2018
    • Panelist, North Western Regional Conference on Access to Justice Des Moines, Iowa, 2006
    • Speaker, Maine State Bar Association Family Law Institute Who, what, when, where, why and how of limited scope representation, 2006
    • Presenter, Missouri Bar Association Annual Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa, 2008
    • Presenter, New England Bar Association Meeting, 2008
    • Presenter, Harvard Law School, Bellow-Sacks Access to Civil Legal Services Project, 2008
    • Presenter, Massachusetts Bar Association, Continuing legal education program on unbundled legal services, 2009
    • Presenter, Maine Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, “Divorce lawyers are litigators, too”, 2016

    Educational Background:

    • University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, 1980
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    7 Estate Drive
    Gorham, ME 04038

    Phone: 207-569-6344

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