James F. Pross

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James F. Pross
 

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott
95 Main Street
Auburn, Maine 04210
207.784.3200
jpross@sta-law.com

 

Commercial Real Estate. In his landlord/tenant practice, Jim has primarily represented the interests of landlords in eviction actions. He has obtained vast experience in landlord/tenant law working with large and small landlords alike, in district courts statewide from Bangor to Portland, Maine. Jim’s clients appreciate his pragmatic approach to advising clients on landlord/tenant relations. His experience has resulted in a deep familiarity with the wide range of common problems and pitfalls that landlords face in Maine.

Jim has also represented property owners with:

  • Acquisitions of new properties
  • Construction disputes
  • Purchases and sales of mobile home parks and homes
  • Disputes with local code enforcement authorities
  • Marijuana related issues
  • Land use and zoning issues
  • Personal injury claims
  • Condemnation proceedings

Municipal & Government Law. Prior to entering private practice, Jim worked for the New Hampshire Municipal Association as a member of its legal team, advising municipalities on the wide range of legal problems they face. Having recently completed a two-year term on both the Auburn City Council and the Auburn School Committee, Jim has developed firsthand experience in municipal government. Jim has challenged public water and sewer districts in Maine, winning on issues before boards of trustees for his clients. He has handled Superior Court appeals from denials of subdivision proposals and of final state agency actions. His experience working in state government has also lent itself to issue advocacy experience in Augusta.

Workers’ Compensation / Social Security Disability.  Jim represents both employers and employees in Workers’ Compensation matters. Most often, Jim’s work in this area involves representing injured workers before the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board. Jim also has experience in appellate work before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court where he prevailed in a significant Workers’ Compensation discrimination case.

Clients are drawn to Jim’s compassion and empathy for their often-complicated health problems and how their injuries affect them. His client-centered approach has also fostered his passion for representing the rights of the disabled who are fighting for their health while battling the Social Security Administration to establish their Disability entitlement.

In both his Workers’ Compensation and Social Security practices, Jim works to empower his clients to tell their own personal stories. He goes the extra mile in preparing his clients for the daunting and anxiety laden task of testifying before a judge about their personal health problems and work injuries.

Jim also has experience in employment law, copyright and trademark registration, civil appeals, conservation law, and professional licensure matters.

Prior to joining Skelton Taintor & Abbott, Jim practiced law with two other Maine law firms.  Active in the community, Jim has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Androscoggin Land Trust since 2009, including two years as its President.  He recently finished serving a two-year term as an Auburn City Councilor and a joint two-year term as a member of the Auburn School Committee.

Born in Sussex County, New Jersey, Jim earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Charleston, where he rowed crew on their men’s team. After graduating, Jim worked for two years in the West Virginia Department of Tax and Revenue.  He then moved to Concord, New Hampshire, to attend law school, receiving his J.D., cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.  Jim and his wife, Mia, live in Auburn with their daughter.  He has appeared in speaking roles in two films, enjoys skiing with his family, running, playing the guitar, and chess.

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Bar Admissions:  Maine, 2004

Education:  University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D., 2004; University of Charleston, B.A., 1999

Memberships:  Maine Bar Association