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  • Thank you for all your help on [AW's] case. Without you, nothing would have come from it. We will be sending people your way. We hope that we will not need your help again, but if we do you will be hearing from us.”

    - J.W., East Machias.
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Adrienne Hansen

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Phone: 207.874.0905
Fax: 207.874.0343

92 Exchange St
Portland, Maine 04101

Adrienne has extensive experience representing Maine's injured workers statewide. Since 2003, she has represented manufacturing and construction workers, truck drivers, nurses and caregivers, police officers, teachers, administrative and clerical workers, even professional athletes - many of whom have career-ending injuries and need a strong advocate to secure their financial future.

Adrienne has shared her experience at workers' compensation seminars, advising the Workers' Compensation Board's Advocate Division on topics such as litigation strategy, defense tactics, and vocational rehabilitation. Adrienne 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 now focuses her practice entirely on workers' compensation. Prior to joining Maine Employee Rights Group, Adrienne practiced employment and labor law for nine years, representing employees and unions in federal and state court, before the labor board, and in arbitration. By focusing entirely on workers' compensation, Adrienne can give each client the time and attention they deserve.

Adrienne achieves optimal results for her clients. She understands that work injuries cause financial problems and how important it is to get top dollar from the insurance company. A wise lawyer once told her, when negotiating with insurance companies, "don't take no for an answer until you hear it three times." Adrienne adheres to this rule in every case.

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