ATTORNEY PROFILES

     RONALD A. DUCHARME is a partner and shareholder of Wheeler & Arey, P.A.  He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and received his J.D. from California Western School of Law in 1985.

     Mr. Ducharme was admitted to practice before the courts of the State of Maine in 1985 and the United States District Court for the District of Maine in 1986.  He joined Wheeler & Arey in 1986, became a junior partner in 1993, and acquired his ownership interest in the firm in 1995.

     Mr. Ducharme’s practice includes a strong emphasis on workers’ compensation.  He is widely recognized as one of the state’s pre-eminent workers’ compensation attorneys.  While employers and their insurers have been the primary beneficiaries of Mr. Ducharme’s expertise in this field, he has successfully represented both employers and employees in this area for approximately fifteen years.

     Mr. Ducharme’s practice also includes business law, social security, and elder law.  He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Maine State Bar Association, as well as several statewide insurance claims associations.

     Mr. Ducharme is actively involved in a number of community affairs, including service on local school boards and youth organizations.

 

     PETER T. MARCHESI is a partner and shareholder of Wheeler & Arey, P.A.  He graduated from Colby College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and received his J.D. from Vermont Law School in 1989.

     Mr. Marchesi was admitted to practice before the courts of the State of Maine and the United States District Court for the District of Maine.  He is also admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the First and Fifth Circuits and before the United States Supreme Court.  Mr. Marchesi has practiced with Wheeler & Arey since his admission to the Maine Bar in 1989.

     Mr. Marchesi’s trial practice focuses primarily on civil litigation, including civil rights and insurance-related matters.  He has extensive experience in cases involving personal injury, insurance coverage, and police/correctional facility liability.  Mr.  Marchesi has successfully represented clients both at trial and on appeal in a number of such cases since joining the firm in 1989.

     In addition to his focus on cases involving personal injury, insurance coverage and civil rights, Mr. Marchesi handles cases involving employment law, professional malpractice, and criminal law.  His professional affiliations include the American Bar Association, the Maine State Bar Association, and the American Trial Lawyers Association, as well as various national and state insurance claims and bar associations.

 

   CASSANDRA S. SHAFFER has been associated with Wheeler & Arey, P.A., since 2005. She graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 1999. She received her J.D. from Roger Williams University Law School in 2004. While in law school, Ms. Shaffer was a member of the law review and authored a note entitled "Inequality Within the United States Sentencing Guidelines: The Use of Sentences Given to Juveniles by Adult Criminal Court as Predicate Offenses for the Career Offender Provision".

         Ms. Shaffer was admitted to practice in the State of Maine in 2004 and is currently a member of the Bar of the State of Maine as well as the United States District Court for the District of Maine and the United State Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Ms. Shaffer is actively involved in all aspects of the firm’s practice, including representation of county government, civil rights litigation, and workers’ compensation

   

   CLYDE L. WHEELER was born in Chesterville, Maine, on April 19, 1924.  He graduated from the University of Maine in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree and from Suffolk University Law School in 1950 with an L.L.B.  Following his tour of duty with the United States Army in World War II and his tenure with the Home Insurance Company, Mr. Wheeler opened the offices that are now Wheeler & Arey, P.A., in October of 1970 in Waterville, Maine.

     Mr. Wheeler enjoyed a legal career which spanned more than a quarter century, becoming widely recognized as one of Maine’s preeminent trial attorneys.  Mr. Wheeler’s background in claims handling and his ties to the Maine business community provided the cornerstone of Wheeler & Arey’s commitment to serving the insurance and business communities.  He maintains his affiliation with the firm on an of-counsel basis.  Although formally “retired”, Mr. Wheeler remains active on several quasi-judicial panels and in various community affairs.