After working in varied and intersecting careers, many attorneys are ready to slow down and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Claudia Raessler, principal of Raessler Law, PA, however, is just getting started in combining a wide range of experiences to meet the needs of small businesses and grow an elder law practice. Based in Skowhegan, Maine, the Firm is focused on providing senior level expertise in helping to resolve both straightforward and complex matters. The long term objectives: Build a team of lawyers sharing a vision, a passion for practicing law and an understanding of how to creatively deliver value to a client.
With experience in both the legal world and entrepreneurial settings, Claudia has combined the background and expertise acquired in these areas and in May, 2019 launched Raessler Law, P.A. Legally, she has spent more than 25 years first as an associate and subsequently a partner in two large firm settings based in Portland, Maine. During this time, her focus was on healthcare and business law, regulatory compliance while doing pro bono work as an approved guardian ad litem and volunteer in a court ordered divorce program. More recently, she worked in the status of as "of counsel" in a small, boutique business/bankruptcy firm. This setting provided flexibility and mentoring with the chance to consider how law firms might best deliver services in a changing market.
As an attorney, Claudia has advised in the areas of corporate formation and operations in both for-profit and non-profit settings, considered public funding strategies and most recently in advising a family owned business facing the challenges of start-up operations. The entrepreneurial experience has been "real", wide-ranging and creative from having co-owned a livestock farm involved in niche marketing to serving as the managing director of a small manufacturing company. Areas of focus included organic certification, participating in federal and state economic development programs, and supply chain management.
Claudia graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science degree and later returned to school to earn her Juris Doctor in 1987 from the University of Arizona College of Law and an LLM in Taxation from the University of Florida in 1989. Her legal career began as a lawyer representing Florida inmates in civil matters before settling into private practice in Maine.
Along with practicing law, Claudia has always been a firm believer in the value of combining her work life with community involvement. Both the farm setting and the manufacturing business provided unique pathways to contribute. For a number of years she was a member of the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension, the county's agricultural association where she served as President for three years. She also served for two years on the Elizabeth Whalen Design Studio Advisory Board and the Board of Directors for the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association, a 501(c)(6) trade. Today in her new home in Skowhegan, Maine, she is exploring opportunities to work with the local art and economic development resources.
In her personal life, Claudia reads extensively, enjoys traveling with her family to Central America and sees it as an opportunity to continue working on her "passable" Spanish. More recently, she is working hard at knitting her first pair of sock joining on Facebook a group of knitting lawyers. The goal - knit anything worth posting.
Described as tenacious, determined, and focused, the opportunity to start and grow Raessler Law, PA, is a chance to follow Seth Godin's thoughts in "The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly" and create the "art" of a legal practice bringing increased services and value to clients.