Melanie Portas recently joined Shankman & Associates. She was born and raised in North Attleboro, Massachusetts and received her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 1999. Upon graduation, her practice focused on criminal defense, child protective cases, and Guardian ad Litem work.
She was an Assistant District Attorney for Androscoggin County for over twelve years, where she was responsible for the prosecution of juveniles in criminal matters ranging from misdemeanors to Class A felonies. She subsequently worked in a highly regarded local law firm where she practiced in various counties throughout Southern, Western and Central Maine in the district and superior courts and focused on parental rights & responsibilities, divorce and criminal defense.
Melanie has always been committed to the community. She was involved with the initiation of several collaboratives for the benefit and development of youth services including the Juvenile Justice Collaborative, Androscoggin Collaborative, Project Unite, and Restorative Justice Collaborative. Melanie was presented with the “Giving Voice” award from Tri-County Mental Health Services in October 2015 in recognition of her long-standing work with youth and families.
Melanie is admitted to the Maine Bar and is a member of the Androscoggin County Bar and Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is a rostered Guardian ad Litem.
Melanie currently resides in Cumberland County with her husband and two wonderful children. She spends her spare time outdoors or at her children’s many sporting events.
Areas Of Practice
- Criminal Defense
- child protective cases
- Guardian ad Litem work