Jim Cloutier practices in business advising and finance, litigation and real estate development and representation, including commercial real estate matters. Related to these are service to clients in financial planning and estate matters, which can include both the positive – asset preservation and income management - and the negative - loan and business liability work outs, bankruptcy and foreclosure issues.
Jim has extensive financial and enterprise management experience as a former Councilor and Mayor of Portland, as a board member and officer of a local financial institution and through other responsibilities, including service as a board member of the Maine Turnpike Authority and the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners.
He has served on the boards of a regional soup kitchen, as the Chairman of the Board of the regional waste to energy plant, the regional Council of Governments, and a variety of other civic organizations.
Jim also represents clients in the courts of Maine in civil litigation matters, often involving real estate issues. He has extensive litigation experience in title underwriting, Maine lien law and contractor law issues and boundary and land area use issues.
Jim has tried dozens of cases – jury and non-jury - over 30 years and has briefed and argued cases before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court over 20 times.