We are pleased and proud to announce that our colleague and friend Attorney Katherine Gatti Rooks has been appointed to serve as an Administrative Law Judge by the Workers’ Compensation Board for the State of Maine. Judge Gatti Rooks will be presiding in formal hearings from the Workers’ Compensation Board’s Lewiston Regional Office once her transition from our offices has been completed.  The State of Maine is fortunate to have the skills and talents Kate will bring to the bench.  

Julie Colby

Paralegal

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Julie Colby

Paralegal

Julie has over thirty years of legal experience assisting workers who have been injured on the job, specializing in filing longshore claims, working with the Office of Worker’s Compensation Program based in Boston, Massachusetts, calculating benefits due to our clients and preparing cases for hearing before the federal office of administrative law judges.  She has helped hundreds of Maine workers to ensure they receive the disability benefits they deserve.  She has particular years of advocacy on behalf of widows who receive benefits due to their spouse’s death due to occupational exposure to asbestos.   For these clients she is a lifetime support ensuring the receipt of annual COLAs as well as staying abreast of any claims which may be filed against bankrupt asbestos manufacturers.   Julie is registered agent on behalf of the IWLC to submit claims with the national asbestos trusts assisting Suzanne in wading through the process of proving our clients’ entitlement to benefits due to asbestos exposure in the workplace.  She has particular knowledge of longshore pulmonary and hearing loss claims.

Julie’s experience also extends to the social security disability system as well as many prior years of working on behalf of individuals filing claims for worker’s compensation due to employment in the State of Maine.

Julie began her legal career as a file clerk in 1985, going to school nights to obtain her paralegal degree.   She is a member of the WILG paralegal association and participates in ongoing national CLEs on longshore and occupational disease issues.

Julie was born and raised in Maine, with a large extended family in New England and Canada.  She is most proud of her daughter who is currently pursuing her master’s degree in early childhood education.  She enjoys providing a loving home for numerous rescue cats.  An avid gardener, both indoors and out, she provides our office with fresh produce during the summer months.  Her quick wit and sense of humor keeps the office in good spirits.