Attorney Profile

Rory A. McNamara

I’ve handled approximately 100 appeals, most of them in criminal cases before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.  I’ve won an unprecedented number, including the first reversal of a murder conviction in Maine in over fifteen years.  Many of my cases are won on “obvious error,” meaning that even after pretrial motions, the trial itself, and sentencing, I’m the first attorney to bring the legal issue to the Court’s attention.  In other words, I find issues that other attorneys (and judges) have missed.

My practice is growing into federal court, and I’m admitted to the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court, where I file petitions for writs of certiorari.  Before entering practice, I was an intern for a federal appellate judge.  I’ve written a chapter in a practice guide for other attorneys seeking to improve their litigation skills.  Attorneys routinely consult with me about appellate arguments and procedures.