Catherine C. Miller, Esq. is the founder of Miller Law & Mediation, LLC. Her primary focus is ensure clients of the firm receive the best possible representation. Catherine is also responsible for managing the efforts of her team, and enhancing the firm’s service offering.
Catherine is a member of the Maine and New Hampshire State Bar Associations. She has more than 18 years of experience practicing law and over 15 years practicing family law exclusively. Prior to opening her own firm, Catherine was a partner in Givertz, Hambley, Scheffee & Lavoie, P.A. Recently, Miller Law & Mediation joined forces with The Law Offices of Clarke C. Hambley to expand the firm’s practice areas to include representation of small businesses, real estate, and estate planning.
Over the past fifteen years, Catherine has continued her study of issues pertaining to children and families, taxes, finances, alternative dispute resolution, mediation and conflict management. She is a Certified Mediator, has trained in the Collaborative Law model, and is a rostered Guardian ad Litem. Catherine is also a Fellow the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Catherine is very active in her community and is passionate about furthering of the legal profession. She formally served as a member of the Executive Board Member to the Maine Guardian ad Litem Institute (2004-2005, 2014- 2015), Maine State Bar Association Family Law Section (Chair – 2006 – 2008), (Vice Chair -2005 – 2006), (Secretary -2004-2005), and Kids First Center Board of Directors (2006-2015).
Recently, Catherine was appointed by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to serve on the Maine Board of Bar Overseers Grievance Commission and the Maine Guardian ad Litem Review Board to preside over attorney and guardian ad litem grievance complaints.
Catherine is a graduate of Le Moyne College B.A. (1993) and the University of Maine School of Law, (J.D. 1997). She is admitted to practice in Maine and New Hampshire, and in the U.S. District Courts for Maine and New Hampshire.
Jessica M. Govind, Esq. is an experienced family law and trial attorney with more than twelve years litigating in the Maine, Massachusetts and New York State and Federal Courts. Jessica has a passion for family law and has focused the last five years of her practice solely in this area. In addition to representing clients, Jessica is a mediator for family matters.
Jessica is active in the legal community. She served as the Legislative Liaison to the Family Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association, is a volunteer attorney for the Courthouse Assistance Program and served on the planning committee for the Kids First Bloom auction. She has furthered her training in family law by attending conferences held by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys.
Prior to joining the firm, Jessica started practicing law at Henshaw & Culbertson, LLC, an AmLaw 200 nationally-recognized law firm in the Boston market. In 2008, Jessica took a position in New York, practicing law for Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, also a nationally recognized law firm.
Jessica is a graduate of George Washington University and earned her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Jessica is a member of the Maine (active), Massachusetts (retired) and New York (retired) bars.
Alex M. Chaiken, Esq. brings an established practice in estate planning and administration to Miller Law and Mediation.
Alex began his legal career with a clerkship in the Maine District Courts in Bangor working primarily with the Hon. E. Mary Kelly. He subsequently joined the Law Office of Susan E. Hunter, a boutique estate planning and administration practice in Portland, where he later became a partner and the firm became HunterChaiken, LLC. At the firm, Alex gained experience in all aspects of estate planning, from the drafting of simple wills and trusts to complex tax planning and generational transfers. Additionally, Alex provided estate and probate administration services including the preparation of estate and fiduciary income tax returns, as well as personal income tax returns. Alex is also experienced in all aspects of practice in Maine’s probate courts.
Alex is admitted to practice in the State of Maine, and is a member of the Maine State Bar Association. He was a member of the Maine State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy Class of 2016.
Alex is a graduate of the University of Maine and the Wake Forest University School of Law.
Contact Alex: achaiken@
Nick J. Galanin, Esq. has a passion for helping individuals and families through difficult transitions in their lives.
Nick’s diverse work experience prior to law, from running a children’s theater camp to working in the credit industry, and his extensive foreign language studies, have given him a well-rounded and community focused approach to family law. In addition to representing clients, Nick is a rostered Guardian ad Litem for family matters based in Portland.
Prior to joining the firm, Nick worked as a trial assistant at a criminal defense firm in Portland covering a wide range of offenses from theft and OUI to arson and homicide. Nick coordinated extensively with clients, courts, and service providers and most notably drafted an appellate brief to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court which was granted oral argument.
Nick is also active in efforts to provide the people of Maine with access to affordable legal services. During law school, Nick served as a volunteer translator at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic and a student attorney at the Refugee & Human Rights Clinic representing asylum seekers and planning a legal information fair for Spanish-speaking residents of Maine. Nick currently serves as a volunteer attorney for the Courthouse Assistance Project and Protection from Abuse referrals through the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Nick is a graduate of Colgate University and earned his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.
Nick is fluent in Spanish and French.