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Tim Zerillo


Tim Zerillo is a Maine civil and criminal trial attorney.  In 2019, Top Rated Local named his law firm the #1 law firm in Maine.  Also in 2019, Tim Zerillo was listed in the "Best Lawyers In America."  He been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of their “Top 100” attorneys.  He has been elected to “New England Super Lawyers” every year since 2010.

Attorney Zerillo's practice focuses primarily on criminal defense and civil litigation for plaintiffs and victims.  Attorney Zerillo's career has reflected a strong commitment to represent the injured and the accused.  

Tim has represented people from all walks of life and throughout Maine.  He has represented actors and athletes, lawyers and doctors, lobstermen and laborers.  Tim's cases are notable, and have at times been the subject of national, and even international, media coverage.  He achieved a rare, federal dismissal of a drug conspiracy charge for a United States soldier, who gave up his life as a Los Angeles drug dealer to fight as a soldier in Afghanistan.  He was co-counsel in the Anthony Sanborn case, in which a 70-year murder sentence was vacated after a five-week trial.  Tim has been featured in newspapers throughout Maine and the United States, including the Boston Globe and New York Times, the Daily Mail in London, and in magazines such as Vanity Fair.  

On the civil side of his practice, Attorney Zerillo regularly handles complex tort, personal injury, wrongful death and civil rights cases in which the damages to his clients have been significant.  He has represented those who have suffered amputations, paralysis and other serious injuries in accidents that were not their fault.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tim was an Allstate Insurance Company claims representative.  He uses his knowledge of the insurance industry to help his clients achieve the best results for their injuries.  He also handles complex "bet the house" business litigation and family disputes.


Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Maine Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, District of Maine
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals, Boston, Massachusetts

Law Practice

  • Zerillo Law Firm, LLC 2017-present
    • Managing Attorney
  • Hallett, Zerillo & Whipple, P.A. Portland, Maine  2015-2017
    • Managing Partner, Shareholder Attorney
  • Zerillo Law, LLC Portland, Maine 2000 - 2014
    • Managing Attorney

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2019-present.
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Immediate Past President, 2010-2011, President, 2009-2010, President Elect, 2008-2009, Vice President, 2007-2008, Board of Directors, 2006-present, Continuing Legal Education Chairperson, 2007-Present.
  • American Association of Financial Litigators, Founding Member, 2016-present.
  • Maine Trial Lawyer's Association, member
  • American Association for Justice, member
  • Edward Gignoux Inn of Court, member 2008-2016
  • Cumberland County Jail, Board of Visitors, (the Board of Visitors inspects the Jail and makes recommendations to the Sheriff as to matters affecting inmate and staff health and safety, as well as recommendations related to mentally ill inmates), 2012-present

Honors and Awards

  • "Best Lawyers In America," White Collar Criminal Defense
  • "Top Rated Local" Top Law Firm in Maine, 2019
  • "New England Super Lawyers," 2010-present
  • "National Trial Lawyers" Top 100, 2016 to present
  • "Client's Choice" Award winner, 2017, 2014,
  • President's Award Winner for 2012, "Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers"
  • "National Trial Lawyers," Top 40 Under 40, 2012


  • New England Law, Boston, Massachusetts J.D. 2000
  • Honors graduate
  • Lead Counsel, ABA National Mock Trial Competition, Northeast Region
  • C.A.L.I. “Award for Future Excellence,” Awarded by U.S. District Court Judge Gordon A. Martin
  • University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire B.A. 1995
  • English Major; Economics Concentration.
  • Published Author:  The New Hampshire, Main Street Magazine.

Legal Publications

  • "New York Rule to Hold Prosecutors Accountable for Discovery Violations Should Be Considered in Maine," Maine Lawyer's Review, January 11, 2018.
  • “The Police Are Knocking On My Client's Door and I Don't Practice Criminal Law – What Do I Do?” Maine Lawyer's Review, May 24, 2012.
  • “Confrontation Clause Update after Michigan v. Bryant,” Maine Lawyer's Review, May 5, 2011.
  • “Confrontation Clause Rights in Maine in Domestic Violence Cases,” Maine Lawyers Review, September 9, 2010
  • “President's Page,” the Maine Defender, Summer 2010.
  • “Melendez-Diaz Requires Maine Restructure the State's Presentation of Evidence in Operating after Suspension Trials,” Maine Lawyer's Review, 2010
  • “President's Page,” the Maine Defender, Spring 2010.
  • “President's Page,” the Maine Defender, Winter 2010.
  • “Pre-Charge Defense of Child Sexual Abuse Allegations,” Maine Lawyer's Review, 2009
  • “President's Page,” the Maine Defender, Fall 2009.
  • “Criminal Law: Go Beyond the Maine Criminal Rules for Exculpatory Evidence,” Maine Lawyer's Review, 2008
  • “Criminal Law: Yes Virginia, Grand Jury Transcripts Do Exist,” Maine Lawyer's Review, 2007.
  • “Beware the Adam Walsh Act,” The Maine Defender, 2007.
  • “Equal Protection and Due Process in the First Circuit for Criminal Aliens in Deportation Proceedings:  Another Reason to Vacation Overseas,” Timothy E. Zerillo, New England International and Comparative Law Annual, Vol. 7, 2001. 


  • United States of America vs. You: Inside the Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana Caregivers," Maine Homegrown, June 2018.
  • Moderator, Cumberland County District Attorney Candidates Debate, Cumberland Bar Association, May 31, 2018.
  • “How to Deal With the DEA,” Maine Homegrown, June 2017.
  • “Using Written Jury Questionnaires to Win Your Case”, Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, June 2017.
  • “Ethical Issues in Opening Statements and Closing Arguments”, Maine Trial Lawyers Association, Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, December 2016.
  • “Defending Child Pornography Prosecutions,” Association of Federal Defense Attorneys, April 2014.
  • “Collateral Consequences and Firearm Rights,” Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's Annual Seminar, May 31, 2012.
  • “Domestic Violence:  Collateral Consequences of Domestic Assault Convictions,” York Bar Association, October 26, 2011.
  • Guest Lecturer, “Critical Issues in Criminal Justice,” St. Joseph's College, October 8, 2010
  • “Zealous Advocacy in Criminal Defense,” York and Cumberland County Bar Associations, 2009
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers CLE 2009 lecture on "Attacking the Medical Evidence in Child Sex Abuse Cases," 2009
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers CLE "Hit Hard, Hit First: Criminal Defense for the Modern Practitioner," Speaker on "Ethical and Practical Considerations of Replacement Counsel," June 5, 2008
  • Speaker on topic of "New Horizons in Setting Conditions of Release", York and Cumberland County Bar Association, 2008

Selected Appellate Decisions

Other Professional Experience

  • Saint Joseph's College, Standish, Maine   2001-2002
  • Adjunct Professor, Business Department
  • Professor of Business Ethics, an upper-class Business Department course.
  • Allstate Insurance Company, South Portland, Maine 1995-1997
  • Claims Representative
  • Handled hundreds of personal injury and property damage claims for both automobile and homeowner's insurance policies.

Recent Blog Posts


  • Highly Recommend- Best Lawyer in Maine!

    "Tim Zerillo has provided an outstanding service and resolved the case with an excellent outcome, when my options were limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed high to impossible. Tim not only carefully weighed all the options, his calm and empathetic demeanor provided me wi...

    Timothy Zerillo, along with his associates and staff, will forever be held by me in the highest regard. Tim and his firm represent the pinnacle of service and legal expertise. When I was sued by a former business associate, Tim immediately put me at ease and assured me that every course would be ...
  • One of a Kind

    Tim,We wanted to thank you for everything you have done and believing in us. Your generosity has meant so much to our family. You are one of a kind.God bless you,

    I was charged with an serious drug offense that could've very realistically cost me 20 years in prison. I interviewed several attorneys and decided to use Tim because for several reasons. He knew exactly what to do from the start and was knowledgeable from the get go where the other attorneys wer...

    Our son's future is brighter and more hopeful than we could have ever expected due to the legal and interpersonal skills of Tim Zerillo.Our son spent the last three years turning his life completely around by joining the Army. He was decorated no less than five times during combat in Afghanistan ...

    After watching Copblock videos from cities all over the country we need to know our rights before we lose them. You are a beacon of light helping the American public to know and appreciate the constitution and our bill of rights. God bless you and your family.

    Tim Zerillo recently represented my family in a very complicated and sensitive family matter. Tim selflessly stepped up to defend us in what was against all odds. We had no hope, no case. Tim worked seamlessly and gave all he had. He was willing to do "whatever it took" to rescue my son, and he d...

    Tim is the consummate professional. What elevates his status is his intelligence, experience, wit, charm and caring nature. He really makes you feel 100% comfortable leaving the driving to him. From the first day meeting Tim I knew the right decision was made. In troubled times there is no greate...

    Happy Holidays! Thanks again for being the best defense lawyer in Maine! You have given back to the Department Of Defense, in my opinion, a valuable asset. 10 well trained troops in fiscal year 2012 towards Operation Enduring Freedom. I salute you for your service Mr. Zerillo.

    Tim,You are such a wonderful person – God definitely broke the mold when he made you! You are kind and generous to a fault. You embolden hope for everyone and anyone around you. We have been certainly blessed to have had the opportunity to know you! With love,

    Tim,I just wanted to thank you for your patience and consideration. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. If you get the chance stop by the shop. Maybe I can do some work for you this time!

    Dear Tim,How to put into words what I am feeling? A tremendous despair has been lifted from me. We are so grateful to you for not only your superb handling of Matt's case but also your thoughtful and caring recognition of the man he has become. You have made a direct and patriotic contribution to...


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