Lisa Chmelecki is a founding parter of the firm. She represents people in a variety of legal proceedings, including criminal defense, juvenile law, divorce, parental rights and responsibilities, probate guardianship, and child protective. She also is a rostered guardian ad litem.
In addition, Lisa is a skilled appellate attorney with many years of writing and research experience. She has argued appeals before both the Maine Superior Court and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Prior to becoming a partner at Rioux, Donahue, Chmelecki and Pelletier, Lisa worked for Fairfield and Associates where she gained extensive experience as a trial and appellate attorney. Lisa received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2008 from the University of Maine School of Law. Following law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ellen A. Gorman of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
During her three years of law school, Lisa took every opportunity to get real-world experience. She worked as a student attorney for both the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office and the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. She also was awarded the prestigious position as a Bernstein Fellow law clerk for the Maine District Court in Portland. During this fellowship, she worked for several of the judges who she now practices before.
Lisa was the 2008 recipient of the Outstanding Law Student Award from The National Association of Women Lawyers.
Being a lawyer is a second career for Lisa. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked for ten years as a journalist in Maine. She became interested in the law while covering local court proceedings for the Sun Journal in Lewiston.
Lisa was born and raised in New York. She moved to Maine in 1995 after graduating from the University of New Hampshire with dual bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Spanish. After nearly 20 years of living and working here, Lisa considers Maine her home. She and her family live in Portland.