William A. Lee, III - Associate

Education: Eckerd College; University of Florida School of Law
Admitted to Practice in: Maine, Florida, Washington State (inactive)

Timothy R. O'Donnell
Education: The College of the Holy Cross; Northeastern University School of Law
Admitted to Practice in: Maine

        Bill Lee is a founder of the Firm.  He stepped down from Shareholder status in September 2023, but continues to work with the Firm as an Associate.  His practice in Maine involves litigation, personal injury, estate planning, criminal defense, divorce, and municipal law.  He serves as City Solicitor for Waterville, Town Attorney for Winslow, and legal counsel for Fairfield and several small municipalities.  The Florida portion of his practice concentrates in estate planning, probate, and dual residency issues.  Bill's personable nature and practical approach to issues are greatly appreciated by his clients.

        Bill has lived in Waterville since 1982 and was a member of the Waterville City Council for six years (two as Chair). He also served on the Waterville School Board for 3 years. Bill was a part-time professor in Government at Colby College for over 30 years, where he taught courses on the U.S. legal system and comparative law. His comparative law classes included one on the Soviet Legal System taught in Moscow and St. Petersburg, U.S.S.R. and two in Havana and Santiago de Cuba. Bill is on the board of the Mid-Maine Global Forum and past president of the Out of State Division of the Florida Bar.

Upon recommendation of the Speaker of the House and Governor, Bill was appointed to the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices in January of 2016. He was reappointed in 2019 and served as Chair from 2018 to 2022. The five-member bipartisan commission is an independent state agency that administers campaign finance laws, the Maine Clean Elections Act and lobbyist disclosure laws and provides advisory ethics opinions to the legislature.

        Bill is peer rated "AV: Preeminent"  in Litigation, Wills and Probate and Municipal Law by Martindale-Hubbell. He is also client rated "Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell.

        Bill has two adult daughters and resides with his wife, Linda. He is an avid runner, golfer, kayaker and bird-watcher, escaping to Baxter State Park whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Thomas B. McCowan - Shareholder

Education: University of Arizona, BFA; University of Arizona College of Law
Admitted to Practice in: Maine, Arizona (inactive)

        Tom is a Shareholder in the Firm.  His practice focuses on real estate transactions, curing title defects, title searches, closings, and lending documentation.  Previously, Tom practiced a wide variety of law, providing litigation representation and advice to clients in a wide range of matters.  Tom is appreciated in the firm and by his clients for his sense of humor and attention to detail.

        Before moving to Maine, Tom worked as a juvenile prosecutor in Flagstaff, Arizona.  He has served on the Boards of Directors of Waterville Creates!, Common Street Arts, Kennebec Messalonskee Trails, and the Winslow Public Library Board of Trustees.  Tom is a member of the Winslow Historical Preservation Committee, Waterville Bar Association, Maine State Bar Association, and the American Land Title Association.  Tom is also an affiliate member of the Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors. 

        Tom lives with his wife, Jennifer (an English and Drama teacher), and has two adult daughters.  He spends his leisure time listening to music, playing drums (viewable at https://www.youtube.com/@KennebecTom/videos) attending concerts and live theatre, reading, keeping up with the MCU, and kayaking.
        Chris joined O'Donnell Lee as an associate attorney in November 2012.  He is supporting all of the attorneys in various types of matters, as well as accepting new clients.  Chris will be providing litigation representation as well as working on estate planning and transactional matters.

        Chris is admitted to practice in Maine and Massachusetts.  He graduated cum laude from University of Maine School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of Maine Law Review and acted as a student attorney with the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic.

        The eldest of four brothers from Winslow, Maine, Chris graduated from Winslow High School and received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Theater from Bowdoin College.  He is excited to return to central Maine to practice law.

        Chris currently resides in Waterville and enjoys playing sports and watching football, as well as camping.  He is looking forward to becoming engaged in area community organizations.

Michael F. Phillips, Jr. - Shareholder
Education: Cedarville College; University of Maine School of Law
Admitted to Practice in:  Maine

        Mike is a Shareholder in the Firm and has a reputation throughout Central Maine for his thorough and prompt provision of commercial real estate services and business and corporate advice and representation. Well known to bankers and realtors, Mike maintains an active business formation and transactional practice. Mike's easy-going manner and efficiency have earned him many loyal clients and affiliations.

        Mike has practiced law in Waterville since 1996, first as a solo practitioner and then as a partner in Phillips & Bernier. He is a member of the Waterville Bar Association, Maine Bar Association, and American Bar Association and serves as Chairman of Board of Directors of Inland Hospital.  In the past he has served on the boards of Lakewood Continuing Care Facility, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, and Faith Evangelical Free Church.

        Mike resides with his wife, Jennifer, one daughter and three sons. Mike is brave enough to be a Yankees fan in Red Sox territory.
Bryan B. Ward - Shareholder

Education: University of Maine at Orono; University of Connecticut School of Law
Admitted to Practice in:  Maine, Florida, Connecticut

        Bryan is a Shareholder in the Firm with a practice concentrated on Maine and Florida estate planning and probate, as well as civil and criminal litigation, including criminal defense, family law, foreclosure, evictions, and business and real estate litigation. Bryan is also a member of the board of directors for Lakewood Continuing Care Center, where he serves as secretary.

        Bryan is admitted to practice in Maine, Florida, and Connecticut.  He is a member of the Maine State Bar Association, Waterville Bar Association, Maine Trial Lawyers Association, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy.  Bryan graduated with high honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was a member of the Connecticut Law Review.

        Bryan grew up on a farm in Searsport and graduated from high school there before doing his undergraduate work in Chemical Engineering at the University of Maine at Orono. After spending nearly a decade in southern New England working in the pulp and paper industry, he decided to use law school as an avenue to return home to Maine.

        Bryan lives with his wife Kate and their three dogs. Bryan enjoys shooting sports, roasting coffee beans, and brewing his own beer. He is also an avid chess player, amateur historian, and cigar aficionado.
Rachel L. Bouchard - Associate

Education: University of Maine at Orono; University of Maine School of Law
Admitted to Practice in:  Maine

         Rachel returned to O'Donnell Lee in July 2023.  She previously worked with us during the pandemic years of 2020-2021 as a residential title and closing attorney.  Now she works closely with Mike Phillips on commercial real estate and business matters. 

        Rachel has over 19 years experience in real estate matters.  You may remember Rachel from her work with H&D Title, Douglas Title, and Schaeffer Douglas Title over the years.  Others may remember Rachel as a stellar high school and college basketball player, admitted to the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame and New England Sports Hall of Fame.

        We are excited to have Rachel's experience and friendly personality back with us to assist you with your legal needs.
Mariah A. Gleaton - Associate

Education: University of Maine at Orono; University of Connecticut School of Law
Admitted to Practice in:  Maine

        Mariah joined the Firm as an Associate in 2016. She has experience with collections, business planning and formation, estate planning, probate, real estate, criminal law, and civil litigation.

        Mariah grew up in Maine, attended Erskine Academy and then graduated with honors from the University of Maine at Orono. She ventured to Connecticut, obtained her J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law and decisively returned to Maine to practice in her home state. In law school she was a member of the Connecticut Law Review. Mariah is a member of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Maine Association of Trial Attorneys, Maine Bar Association, Waterville Rotary Club, Business Networking International, MaineGeneral Community Care Board, and Maine Mycological Association.

        When Mariah is away from the office she enjoys gym time, tennis, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. She recently placed 2nd in Maine's Strongest Women Competition - Novice Division - she picks things up and puts them back down again. Mariah is also very passionate about food. In the summer you can find her in the woods foraging for wild mushrooms as she attempts to find an undiscovered edible.  
Sarah M. Gracie - Associate

Education: Husson University; University of Maine School of Law
Admitted to Practice in:  Maine

Brendan T. O'Keefe
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Education: Colby College; Suffolk University Law School
Admitted to Practice in:  Maine, Massachusetts

        Sarah graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in May, 2023, and was sworn in as an attorney in October, 2023. Before Law School, Sarah attended Husson University where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies and graduated summa cum laude.
        Sarah joined O'Donnell Lee in June, working in a paralegal capacity while studying for the bar exam.  Previously, she worked at the Somerset County District Attorney's Office as a student prosecutor, gaining direct litigation experience, including a couple of jury trials. With O'Donnell Lee, Sarah will be practicing in several areas of law, including criminal defense, family law, civil litigation, and some real estate and municipal law.

        In her free time, Sarah enjoys being outdoors with her two dogs, reading true crime books, and spending time with family.

        Brendan joined the firm as an associate in 2013.  He practices in the areas of family law, criminal defense, real estate, and general litigation.

Brendan is admitted to practice in both Maine and Massachusetts.  He is a member of the Maine State Bar Association and the Waterville Bar Association.  Brendan graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School where he was a member of the New England Regional Champion Trial Team.

Brendan was born in Presque Isle and was raised in Northampton, Massachusetts.  He graduated from Colby College with a degree in Government and returned to Waterville after attending law school in Boston.

Brendan lives in Waterville with his wife Anna (a dentist on Kennedy Memorial Drive) and their dog.  He enjoys hiking, running, all types of food, and word puzzles.

Timothy R. O'Donnell - Retired

Education: The College of the Holy Cross; Northeastern University School of Law
Admitted to Practice in:  Maine

        Tim was a founding partner of the Firm in 1997.  After many years of dedicated service and guidance to clients in business matters, estate planning and probate, he retired in 2019.