Susan E. Hunter
After graduating from Smith College in 1970, Susan taught sixth grade in the Boston Public Schools for three years before deciding to attend the University of Maine School of Law. While there, she began doing estate tax audits for the IRS and, upon graduation in 1976, went to work full time as an estate tax attorney with the Internal Revenue Service in Portland. While at the IRS, she received her CPA designation.
Susan left the IRS in 1979 to go into private law practice and has been practicing as an attorney in Portland continuously since 1979. For almost twenty years (from 1986-2005) she was the trusts and estate partner at MittelAsen, LLC in Portland. In 1997 she was elected a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel and was State Chair of the Maine Fellows from 2007 until 2012.
Susan is a past President of the Maine Estate Planning Council, the Maine Law Alumni Association and the Maine State Bar Association. She has been a member of the Planned Giving Committee of Maine Medical Center and has been its chair. Susan was appointed to the Grievance Commission of the Maine Board of Overseers and served for two terms 1995-2002, the last four years as its chair. In 2002 she was appointed by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to the Maine Board of Bar Overseers. She served as its Chair in 2006-2007. She has been named to Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, since 2009 and also to New England Super Lawyers – Trusts and Estates.
Susan’s son, Adam, has graduated from college and works in Washington, DC. She loves movies, books, golf and crossword puzzles. Her interest each March in the NCAA basketball tournament is well known.
Alex M. Chaiken
Born and raised in Bangor, Maine, Alex graduated from the University of Maine with a B.A. in Political Science in 2006. He received his law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2010. While at Wake Forest, Alex interned with the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office in Bangor. He also participated in the Central & Eastern European Study Program in Dubrovnik, Croatia in the summer of 2008 through Indiana University-Indianapolis and the University of Zagreb.
Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Alex served as a volunteer law clerk for the District and Superior Courts at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.
Away from the office, Alex volunteers at Westbrook High School as an assistant softball coach and also serves as the Director of Video Operations for the football program. He enjoys playing golf and softball, skiing, and trying to be the first in the office to complete the New York Times crossword puzzle each day.