PORTLAND, ME – May 29, 2012Pierce Atwood’s Managing Partner, Gloria Pinza, today announced that former Maine Governor John E. Baldacci has joined the firm as Senior Advisor, Economic Development & Government Relations. Governor Baldacci will reside primarily in the Portland office, but will work in the firm’s other New England offices and its Washington, DC office.

Baldacci served two-terms as the Governor of the State of Maine from 2003-2011. He comes to Pierce Atwood following an appointment as the director of the Department of Defense's Military Health Care Reform Initiative where he worked for the former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Clifford L. Stanley, to conduct a full-scale review and evaluation of military health care and wellness.

“We are delighted to have Governor Baldacci join us at Pierce Atwood,” said Gloria Pinza, the firm’s managing partner. “The Governor’s many years of state and national public service as a Governor and Congressman and his expertise in the energy, healthcare and economic development sectors provide a perspective that will serve our clients well and enhance our regional and national growth.”

Prior to becoming Governor, Baldacci represented Maine’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995-2003 following 12 years in the Maine State Senate from 1982-1994. He began his political career at the age of 23 when he was elected in 1978 as a member of the Bangor City Council.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Maine, Orono.

Pierce Atwood LLP is one of the leading regional law firms in New England and has more than 130 attorneys who serve regional, national and international clients from offices in Portland and Augusta, Maine; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Boston, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; Stockholm, Sweden; and Washington, D.C.