About Thomas B. Wheatley
Thomas B. Wheatley is a veteran litigator with extensive experience in both civil and criminal cases. Backed by 44 years of experience in both small and large firms, Mr. Wheatley also handles corporate and general practice areas and is dedicated to helping clients reach their goals.
Born in Puebla, Mexico in 1948 of American parents, Thomas (or Tom) grew up in Dothan, Alabama, before leaving for Davidson College in North Carolina and Columbia Law School in New York City. His skills were honed at Ropes & Gray in Boston and as Litigation Department Chair at Perkins, Thompson in Portland, Maine, before moving Downeast to Fenton, Chapman, Wheatley & Kane in Bar Harbor, and now to his new firm, Wheatley Legal, PC, in Ellsworth.
A Christian, he has attended Methodist, Episcopal, and Baptist churches.
Thomas has three grown children, a daughter in Virginia, a son, also a lawyer, in Boston, and a daughter in Maryland, as well as three granddaughters, two in Boston and one in Virginia. He reconnected a few years ago with a High School friend from Alabama, Cindy, who moved to Maine to marry him.
He also prides himself on serving his community. In addition to providing legal advice and support, he has been the President of the Portland Kiwanis Club, Director of the In-Town Portland Exchange, Director of the Boy Singers of Maine, and a little league coach. At various times in the 80s, 90s and 00s, Mr. Wheatley also served as counsel to the Republican State Committee and as Chair of county, and town committees. He was a delegate or alternate to 4 national conventions.
• Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina (A.B., 1970)- Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha
• Columbia University, School of Law, New York, New York (J.D., 1973) - Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
- Columbia Law Review (1971 - 1973)
Timeline of Certifications:
• Admitted in Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (1974)
• U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit (1975)
• Maine and U.S. District Court, District of Maine (1979)
• U.S. Supreme Court (1982)