AUGUSTA – Bangor native R. Terrance “Terry” Duddy has been elected president of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association.
Other officers elected last month were: Daniel Kagan, Lewiston, president-elect; Peter Clifford, Kennebunk, secretary; John McArdle III, Portland, treasurer; and Don Briggs, Rockport, past president.
All serve one-year terms.
“I am so proud to serve with these officers who represent the best of this profession,” Duddy, 57, said in a MTLA press release. “The Maine Trial Lawyers Association will continue with its mission to preserve access to our judicial system and improve the skills of the practitioners who appear before it.
“Our court system is vital to our democracy,” he said. “It is the only branch of government where each party, no matter how wealthy or powerful, stands equal before the law.”
Duddy is a member of the firm Kelly, Remmel and Zimmerman in Portland. His practice focuses on personal injury law with an emphasis on cases that involve maritime law.
He earned his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law in 1980. Duddy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Maine in 1973. After college, he served in the U.S. Navy as a deep-sea diver and earned the rank of commander. He also was a clerk for a federal judge in Washington, D.C., and worked in Europe before joining the Portland firm in 1983.
Duddy is the son of Robert and Cecelia Duddy of Bangor. His brother Patrick Duddy is the U.S. ambassador to Venezuela.