Clare Hudson Payne

Of Counsel

Bangor Office
80 Exchange Street
Bangor, Maine 04401
Phone: 207-992-4842
Fax: 207-942-3040

Clare’s practice is focused on employment law. She represents a broad spectrum of clients including public, private, and non-profit employers. Clients consult with Clare on a regular basis regarding personnel handbooks and policies; questions relating to FMLA, discipline, discharge, Wage and Hour, sexual harassment investigations, employment contracts and other employment matters.

Clare served on the Maine Board of Bar Examiners from 1988 through 2000. She also served as Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association from 1994 through 1996. She is a frequent speaker at seminars featuring labor management issues and teaches business law at NESCOM. In recognition of her legal skills and professionalism, Clare has received an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating in the distinguished legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®.

Areas of Practice for Clare Hudson Payne

Bar Admissions

State of Maine


Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1979
Trinity College (CT), B.A., 1973
The Madeira School, 1970

Memberships and Affiliations

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Corporator
Bangor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Board of Directors & Executive Committee
Bangor Hydro Electric Company, Board of Directors
John Bapst Memorial High School, Board of Trustees & Executive Committee (2002-2011)
Phillips-Strickland House, Corporator and Chair, Personnel Committee
Maine Agricultural Bargaining Board, Member, 1999-2005
Town of Holden, Town Council, 1994-2006, including terms as Chair & Vice Chair
Maine Board of Bar Examiners, 1988-2000, Member
Labor and Employment Law Section, Maine State Bar Association, Co-Chair, 1994-1996, 2008
Eastern Maine Dressage Association, Former Member, Board of Directors
Pine Tree 4-H Foundation, Former Member, Board of Trustees
Abnaki Girl Scout Council, Former Member, Board of Directors
Maine Equine Industry Association, Former Member, Board of Directors
YWCA, Former Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
Penobscot County, Maine State, and American Bar Associations (Labor and Employment Law Section, Member)


Martindale Hubbell
AV Rated Top ranked in Chambers USA
Employment Law Listed in Best Lawyers
Employment Law 2010 Recipient of the Holden Town Report dedication