The Law Office of Jamesa J. Drake | The Practice

The Practice

Jamesa J. Drake

I have a highly specialized practice. I am based in Maine, but I represent people all over the country who have been convicted of criminal activity and who want to appeal either in state or federal court. I am admitted in Maine, the U.S. Supreme Court, the First Circuit, the Second Circuit, the Sixth Circuit, the District of Maine and the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Because I focus on one thing, I have time to pay close attention to the issues and the types of arguments that appellate judges find convincing. My win rate is excellent.

Read, watch, and listen to me practice here.

I have litigated, and I currently accept, capital and non-capital direct appeals, post-conviction appeals, and habeas cases.

I take court-appointed cases because equal access to justice matters. Trial counsel seeking to withdraw on appeal should contact me. My rates are reasonable and billing options are flexible.

I frequently lecture and write about criminal appellate matters. My publications and lecture notes are available here. I am an adjunct professor at the University of Maine Law School, where I teach Criminal Procedure-Adjudication, Criminal Law Seminar, and Appellate Litigation.

My full bio and resume is available here.

Rory A. McNamara

My practice focuses exclusively on post-trial litigation, especially criminal defense.  I accept court-appointed criminal appeals, and some civil appeals, such as those from orders of termination of parental rights and other matters impacting constitutional rights.

I interned for Hon. Kermit V. Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, gaining insight into the sort of arguments that persuade appellate courts.  I also interned at the Maine Office of the Federal Defender and the New Hampshire Public Defender’s office.  My work has been before state courts in three states and the First Circuit in Boston.  I have also written amicus (friend of the Court) briefs on behalf of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

My full bio and resume is available here.