Skelton Taintor & Abbott is pleased to announce that attorney Braden M. Clement has joined the firm. Braden will practice in the areas of Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Civil Litigation. He is a strong advocate for his clients’ best interests at all stages of litigation, motivated by a strong desire to help others overcome the legal and personal challenges in their lives.
Braden was selected for inclusion in New England Rising Stars© in the category of General Litigation in 2016, and received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for his Pro Bono efforts in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Prior to joining Skelton Taintor & Abbott, Braden was an associate with another Maine law firm. He is a member of the Maine Bar Association.
He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Maine School of Law and his Master’s Degree from Tufts University. He received his B.A. from Bowdoin College where he was also a captain of the varsity men’s basketball team.
While in law school, Braden achieved high honors as a student attorney at the Cumberland Legal Aid Refugee and Human Rights Clinic and was the recipient of the Charles A. Harvey, Jr. Trial Practice Immersion Fellowship. As a student attorney at the University of Maine School of Law, Braden participated in the inaugural year of the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic where he vigorously advocated for individuals seeking immigration status in the United States, including Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Affirmative Asylum, and relief under the Violence Against Women Act.
Active in the community, Braden serves on the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project Pro Bono panel. He is also a member of the Mitchell Institute Alumni Council, a nonprofit organization established by Senator George J. Mitchell that works to help young people from all Maine communities attain a college education.
Before beginning his legal career, Braden spent five years teaching and coaching high school students at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine. During his time in the classroom, Braden learned the positive impact that strong advocacy can have on the lives of others, as well as the importance of preparation, perseverance and communication while helping students from diverse backgrounds achieve their goals. Braden brings these lessons and his desire to help others succeed to his legal practice.
A native of Skowhegan, Braden now lives in Yarmouth with his wife and two children.