Ernest J. Babcock

Senior Counsel

Portland Office
100 Middle Street
P.O. Box 15235
Portland, Maine 04112-5235
Phone: 207-274-5266
Fax: 207-274-5286

Ernie Babcock practices general civil litigation and serves as a private mediator. He has accumulated significant legal experience through his extraordinary career. Prior to joining Eaton Peabody, Ernie was with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as Deputy General Counsel for the Investigative and Administrative Law Branch, Deputy Assistant Director, and Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer. He was responsible for managing operational, policy and technical functions, including 80 professionals, for the following legal sections and units: Privacy and Civil Liberties Law Unit; Fiscal and Contract Law Unit; Operational Law Section; Science and Technology Law Section; and Discovery Management Section.

“As many of you may know, Ernie had a long and highly successful career in the private sector and could easily have retired several years ago. Instead, he had a strong desire to serve the nation and came to the FBI. Ernie has been an essential member of the OGC (Office of the General Counsel) leadership team since the day he arrived. Ernie is a great lawyer, manager and team player. He has earned the respect of FBI leadership and has been an outstanding representative for OGC. “
James A. Baker, General Counsel of FBI

Ernie has served as the Deputy General Counsel of General Dynamics Corporation in Falls Church, Virginia, and Vice President and General Counsel of General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, MI. He was also Vice President and General Counsel to Bath Iron Works (a General Dynamics Company) in Bath, Maine where he established the in-house legal function for the company.

Ernie started his career at Pierce Atwood in Maine in 1973 as an associate attorney and then became a partner. In 1984 he was a founding and managing partner of Friedman & Babcock in Portland, Maine.

Areas of Practice for Ernest J. Babcock

Bar Admissions

First Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court, District of Maine


Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA; J.D., 1973
Special Assistant District Attorney, West Roxbury, MA
President, Environmental Law Society

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; A.B., 1970
Green Key Society
Football Co-captain

Memberships and Affiliations

Dartmouth Lawyers Association, past Vice President
Maine State Bar Association
Maine Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors, 1984-1990
Michigan State Bar Association
Northern New England Defense Counsel Association, President 1991-1992