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    - J.W., East Machias.
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Adrienne Hansen

Adrienne has extensive experience representing Maine's injured workers statewide. Over the years, she has litigated cases for clients in almost every industry in Maine, including millwrights, machinists, construction workers, truck drivers, package handlers, mechanics, nurses and caregivers, police officers, teachers, even professional athletes - many of whom have career-ending injuries and need a strong advocate to secure their financial future.

Adrienne joined Maine Employee Rights Group in 2011 to focus exclusively on workers' compensation. Before that, she practiced employment and labor law for nine years, representing employees and unions in federal and state court, before the labor board, and in arbitration.

Adrienne is a regular presenter at workers' compensation seminars and advises the Workers' Compensation Board Advocate Division on litigation strategy and defense tactics. She has also lectured at the National Employment Lawyers' Association, New England Regional Conference and the Maine Bar Association Employment Law Year in Review on the effect of social media on workers' compensation and employment cases.

Adrienne understands that injured workers suffer physically, emotionally, and financially. She works with clients to ensure that they are receiving top compensation and the best medical care available for their injuries. She also strives to ensure that clients understand the legal and medical issues in their cases so they feel empowered when talking to doctors, lawyers, and judges.

When Adrienne is not practicing law, she enjoys exploring the coast and the mountains of Maine with her family, and life's simple pleasures like reading a good book and walking the dog.


J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado, 2002

B.A., Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1997
Honors: Cum Laude
Major: Political Science
Major: Religion

Bar Admissions

Member Since: 2003

U.S. District Court District of Maine
Member Since: 2003

U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
Member Since: 2005

Published Works and Presentations
  • Checklist for Negotiating & Drafting Severance Agreements on Behalf of Employee Clients , National Employment Lawyers Association, 2003
  • Analyzing, Negotiating, and Drafting Severance Agreements on Behalf of Employee Clients , Maine Bar Journal, Spring, 2005
  • Who is Disabled? The Ongoing Struggle to Define Disability in Maine , Maine Lawyers Review, Fall, 2006
  • Ethical Issues in Social Networking and Employment Law, Maine State Bar Association, 10th Annual Employment Law Year in Review, November 2010.
  • Facebook: A Lawyer’s Friend or Foe? National Employment Lawyers Association, New England Regional Conference, May 2011.
Professional Associations and Memberships

Maine State Bar Association, Women's Law Section

Maine State Bar Association, Employment Law Section

Maine Civil Liberties Union

Maine Women's Lobby

Past Employment Positions
National Organization for Women, 2000 - 2002
Seminars / Presentations:

June 2014

  • "Workers' Compensation Defense Litigation Strategies: What Works, What Doesn't"
    Workers' Compensation Advocate Division Training, Augusta ME

October 2015

  • "Vocational Rehabilitation Under Section 217 of the Workers' Compensation Act: Case Selection, Procedure, Legal Standards, and Shared Experiences"
    Workers' Compensation Advocate Division Training, Augusta ME

November 2016

  • "At the Intersection of Workers' Compensation and Employment Law: Case Evaluation, Litigation Strategy, and Settlement Concerns."
    Workers' Compensation Advocate Division Training, Augusta ME