Howard T. Reben

Howard T. Reben

Of Counsel
Brunswick, Maine
(207) 725-9294

Howard T. Reben graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1969. He was elected to membership in the Buffalo Law Review. While at law school he was the Research Assistant to Dean William Hawkland, a nationally known authority in Commercial Law.

Mr. Reben has practiced employment law, ADA, civil rights and personal injury law in Maine since 1970. In recent years he has litigated employment cases throughout Maine. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers of America for 2008 and has received special recognition for being selected each year for more than 20 years. Mr. Reben has participated in continuing legal education programs for lawyers and as a teacher at the University of Maine School of Law. He has taught in continuing legal education forums for fellow lawyers on workers compensation, employment law, civil rights and negotiation skills.

Mr. Reben has been a speaker for the National Employment Lawyers Association at regional and national conferences. Mr. Reben is often selected as an arbitrator and mediator. He has served as General Counsel to Local 340 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Stagehands Union, and Security Guards Union at Bath Iron Works.

Litigation has been a major activity in Mr. Reben's practice. He has handled many jury trials and has had numerous appearances before the Maine Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Employment Law -- Employee
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Contracts

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 1970
  • U.S. District Court District of Maine, 1970
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1970


  • State University of New York, Buffalo School of Law, Buffalo, New York
    • J.D. - 1969
    • Law Review: S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo
  • Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York
    • B.S.
    • Major: Business Administration (Economics)

Published Works

  • Analyzing, Negotiating, and Drafting Severance Agreements on Behalf of Employee Clients, Maine Bar Journal, Spring, 2005
  • Who is Disabled? The Ongoing Struggle to Define Disability in Maine, Maine Lawyers Review

Representative Clients

  • Local 340 International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Bath Iron Works, Security Guards Union
  • Stagehand Workers Union Local 114
  • Portland Symphony Musicians
  • Biddeford Fire Fighters
  • BIW Security Guards


  • Employment Law, National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Civil Rights, Negotiations, Workers' Compensation for Maine Bar Association, Cumberland County Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Lecturer, University of Maine Law School

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Labor Law, 1990 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Maine Employment Lawyers Association, Vice President, 1997 - Present
  • Maine Bar Association, 1970 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Speaker
  • Institute of Advanced Dispute Resolution, Member, National Board of Directors
  • Maine Civil Liberties Union