Senior Litigation Paralegal
Colleen Sumner is a former practicing lawyer and current Senior Litigation Paralegal at Fitzgerald Law Group.
For over a decade, Colleen has worked side-by-side with Kevin Fitzgerald helping represent clients injured by medical devices and prescription drugs from the case intake stage through trial. Her background as an attorney gives her an invaluable skill set and understanding of how the litigation process works which she puts to use every day in representing the firm’s clients.
Originally from Massachusetts, Colleen first came to Maine in 1991 to attend Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where she graduated magna cum laude in 1995.
After college, she moved to Portland, Maine where she worked as a clerk at the State of Maine’s District Court maintaining the scheduling calendar and case dockets for all Family Court cases.
In 1999, Colleen began attending Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated in the spring of 2002 and was admitted to the Maine Bar in October 2002.
As a lawyer, Colleen practiced family law at Pine Tree Legal Assistance, representing low-income clients in family law cases from initial court appearance and mediation through final hearings, settlements and enforcement actions. In addition, she represented victims of domestic violence in all aspects of civil court litigation to obtain and enforce Protection from Abuse orders.
She later served as an Advocate for injured workers at the State of Maine Advocate’s Office in Portland, Maine. In this role, Colleen represented Maine workers in worker’s compensation proceedings from mediation through final administrative court adjudication.
Since 2006, Colleen has worked with Kevin Fitzgerald as a senior litigation paralegal. In this position, she has assisted in litigating complex products liability cases, primarily involving defective pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. Colleen assists with all aspects of case development and litigation, including client intake, client coordination, drafting of pleadings and discovery, legal research, document review and management, deposition planning and trial preparation.
In her free time, Colleen enjoys cooking with her husband, arts and crafts, and reading.