Tim Zerillo is a lawyer, speaker and writer based in Portland, Maine.  He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and in the State of Maine.  He may appear by Motion for Pro Hac Vice admission in any Federal Court in the United States.  He has been nominated to New England Super Lawyers every year since 2010.  In 2016, he was elected to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 lawyers for Criminal Defense.

For media inquiries or speaking opportunities, please email tzerillo@hzwlaw.com or call 207.775.4255

Speaking

“Perspectives on Life as a Criminal Defense Lawyer,” St. Joseph’s College of Maine, Law and Society, April 27, 2017.

“Can I Say That?  Ethical Issues in Opening Statements and Closing Arguments,” Maine Trial Lawyers and Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Seminar, December 8, 2016.

“Dealing With Drug Dogs: Lessons from United States v. Adam White,” Law and Society, St. Joseph’s College of Maine, October 26, 2016.

“How To Deal With the DEA,” Home Grown Maine Tradeshow and Expo, Augusta Civic Center, June 5, 2016.

“Law Panel,” Home Grown Maine Tradeshow and Expo, Augusta Civic Center, June 5, 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

Legal Publications

“Defending Specific Crimes,” James Publishing (in production)

“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.

Professional Association

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, Amicus Committee, 2010-present.

Maine Trial Lawyer’s Association, member

American Association for Justice, member

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, member

American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators, Founder, Maine Chapter, 2016-Present.

Edward Gignoux Inn of Court, member 2008-present

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

2016, The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100

2010-2017 Super Lawyers, New England

National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Top 10 for 2015

A.V.V.O. Client’s Choice Award 2014-2015

President’s Award Winner for 2012, Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2012