Welcome Gary Gabree, Esq., Of Counsel to the Injured Workers’ Legal Center

The Injured Workers’ Legal Center is pleased to announce that as of January, 2023 Attorney Gary Gabree will become Of Counsel to our office. Gary has been representing workers injured at Bath Iron Works and other longshore facilities for decades and we are proud that he is bringing his experience and commitment to the injured worker to IWLC.


You’ve come to the right place.
The Injured Workers’ Legal Center is your first call after a Maine work related accident at a shipyard or harbor facility. It is our job to fight for your rights, and get you the compensation you deserve. Your situation is serious, and we understand what is on the line for you and your family.
Our team of dedicated advocates and lawyers will fight on your behalf to make things right.


Let us help you determine fair compensation for your injury.

Relentless and Compassionate.

Your injury and the stress of the associated financial burdens have put you and your family at risk. Our goal is a fair financial resolution to get you back to living your life. You don’t need to go it alone.

Been There. Done That.

Our experienced team has helped thousands of Mainers navigate difficult times. From work-related longshore injuries, asbestos claims and Social Security Disability insurance. Once you are a member of our legal practice, we don’t make you go it alone after your case is resolved.

We help you win inside of a system designed to favor the other party.

We Take Your Situation Seriously

We understand that an injury has tremendous impact on you and your family.


We’ll help you navigate the processes with dignity.


It’s our job to get you what is fair. We don’t get paid unless you do.


We work tirelessly to fight for your rights.


The insurance and social security systems are difficult to navigate. The stakes are high being injured and out of work is stressful enough, you do not have to this alone. Let us put our decades of expertise to work for you.

workplace injury and worker' compensation

Our commitment to our clients is to ensure that they receive compensation for rheir work onjuries. When you hire us, we handle communications with the insurance company and succesfuily navigate maine laws to ensure that you are properly compensated.

Longshore and Harbor Worker Injuries

We help injured longshore workers acquire compensation for their injuries, as well as recover both past and future medical expenses. We have represented workers with all types of longshore injuries.

Asbestos Related Illness

Our firm has secured millions of dollars for our clients from Asbestos manufacturers and equipment makers who required asbestos products in the installation and use of their products.

Social Security Disability Insurance

More than half of all initial stage social security disability insurance (SSDI) applications are turned down. Most people give up and never appeal the denied claim. The IWLC represents our clients to appeal these denied claims through the hearing process to secure their benefits.

Estate Planning

WILLS, POWERS OF ATTORNEY, TRUSTS, HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES Estate Planning is the process of arranging all aspects of a person’s financial, legal and personal affairs to guide them and their families as they transition and age.

Probate Administration

We guide our clients through probate and the administration of estates so you can focus on your family and the needs of your own life. Probate is the legal process that takes place after the death of an individual.


Your job is more than your livelihood. It’s part of your identity. Our experienced team is ready to take on your case and go to great lengths to thoroughly understand your situation so we can get you what you deserve.


Experts in workers’ injury compensation, longshore, and social security disability.

Suzanne L. Johnson

Attorney at Law
Founder and Principal
In the decades of her legal career Suzanne has blended representing injured workers to secure the benefits they are entitled to with their need for long range planning for their personal and family security. Read more
Gary Gabree, Attorney at Law for the Injured Workers Legal Center Advocate

Gary Gabree

Attorney at Law
Of Counsel
Gary has been a staunch advocate for the injured worker in Maine for nearly four decades. We’re delighted he’s bringing his tireless advocacy, wealth of knowledge, and invaluable experience in providing counsel to our office.Read more

Charlie March

Attorney at Law
Founder and Principal
Charles has been practicing longshore, workers compensation, employment disability, and injury law throughout Maine for thirty years. He now represents injured contractors from war-support employers, defense base injuries, worldwide. Read more
Ira Sterling, Attorney at Law for the Injured Workers Legal Center Advocate

Ira Sterling

Attorney At Law
Ira is a graduate of the University Maine School of Law. During law school, he worked as a student attorney at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, where he provided legal representation to low income clients in an assortment of civil and criminal matters. He represents our clients with compassion and competency in all firm matters. Read more

Julie Colby

Julie has over thirty years of legal experience assisting workers who have been injured on the job, specializing in filing longshore claims, helping hundreds of Maine workers to ensure they receive the disability benefits they deserve. Read more

Kristen Start

Probate Paralegal, Fiduciary Department
Kristen works with our elderly, disabled veterans and trust clients to manage their finances, pay their bills and balance their checkbooks. She assists families after the death of a loved one by steering them through the probate process by completing the necessary court paperwork and balancing family dynamics. Read more
Jennifer Gray, paralegal for Injured Workers Legal Center Advocate

Jennifer Gray

Jennifer has been assisting injured longshore workers for more than twenty years. She cares deeply about the needs of clients and is here to provide support and guidance to our clients at the time they need it most. Read more

Contact us

The first step in getting you the financial resolution you deserve is telling us about your injury and situation.