I wish I had retained him sooner, his help has been immeasurable.


After having a consult with Steve, I quickly realized he was the attorney I needed on my side. His presence in the courtroom is unmatched and his straightforward personality never left me with uncertainty. My family and I are beyond pleased with the work he has done for us.


Attorney Smith has represented me in the past and I would not hesitate to hire him again if I need an attorney. He is no-nonsense with a lot of experience who tells you like it is and does not waste time or your money. I definitely recommend him.


I hired Steve after speaking with roughly 4 other attorneys. He didn't mince words, was straight to the point, and told me what to expect. He was spot on. I was happy with the result of my case and while I hope I don't ever need an attorney again, I would most certainly hire Steve to assist me and would recommend him to any family and friends. He isn't flashy, showy or self-praising like some others in the area. Very appreciative of that.


Steve Smith is a very knowledgeable, straightforward and experienced attorney who is also very easy to work with.


Stephen “Steve” C. Smith

Stephen “Steve” C. Smith

Stephen “Steve” Smith, Esq.

Steve’s non-legal background includes a military career in the U.S. Army. After beginning as an infantryman in the 3rd Ranger Battalion he served as a machine gunner in Desert Storm. After leaving active service, he joined the Maine Army National Guard where he served as a sniper team leader in the Mountain Infantry. Following his infantry service as an NCO, Steve became one of the first direct commissioned officers in the Guard, beginning his career as an officer as an engineer platoon leader.

Shortly after graduating law school, he was directly commissioned as a Judge Advocate General officer. Following the attacks of 9/11, Steve was asked to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan as a military prosecutor. Steve’s deployment lasted 18 months and upon his return, he saw his 3rd child for the first time. Steve retired from the army after 21 years of service. His legal expertise and long association with the military has made him an expert resource for other attorneys in issues pertaining to military divorces and pensions.

Steve has played a significant role in the revitalization of downtown Bangor; he started the New Year’s Ball Drop in the downtown area, rehabilitated three historical commercial buildings in a once-blighted area and developed two successful restaurants. He runs a diversified family farm with his wife, three sons, and daughter.

Criminal Defense

Steve is not afraid to represent controversial clients. Whether murder, manslaughter, sexual misconduct or “shaken-baby” cases, Steve believes all defendants are entitled to a world-class defense. Early in his career, Steve took a special interest in sex crime defense and has developed significant expertise and experience in all manner of sexual assault and child molestation cases. Steve’s expertise in sex crime defense has resulted in his being a lecturer at training for other lawyers on the subject. Steve frequently defends students facing Title IX disciplinary proceedings.

Steve practices extensively in federal courts. His federal practice includes matters such as heavy-duty drug trafficking, child pornography, bank robbery and exotic wildlife cases, as well as personal injury cases.

Steve was involved as lead counsel for the defense in only the second federal prosecution in the United States for the importation of whale tusks of the rare Narwhal whale. In defending the Narwhal case, Steve developed significant expertise in the Endangered Species Act and The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). He has dealt extensively with the Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division.

Steve recently tried as lead counsel US v. Gordon, one of the most extensive criminal copyright cases in United States history.

Accolades & Awards

Various Victories

  • Steve Smith was recently elected to the Town of Whitefield’s representative to the RSU #12 School Board.
  • After a 3-day trial, Steve won a significant victory in Androscoggin County. Steve’s client was charged with 10 counts of gross sexual assault against a minor under 12. Before trial began, the State dismissed four of the counts. After testimony, the jury was out over the span of two days and ultimately hung. While the State has the option of retrying the case, it appears the jury was evenly split in facts which surprised the State. Steve’s cross-examination brought out facts which significantly undercut the State’s case.
  • Because of his expertise in sex crime defense and statewide practice, Steve Smith was asked to defend “F.S.”, who was accused of gross sexual assault. Steve struck a favorable plea bargain which allowed the Defendant to be released within a few months.
  • A Defendant was charged with 40 counts of sexual assault against two minors which took place over 30 years ago. After over a year of litigation, Steve was able to obtain a result in which the client served no jail time and was able to return to his home state subject only to probation.

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