Noreen’s practice includes the prosecution and defense of real estate litigation matters and commercial disputes. Noreen represents property owners in civil disputes involving easements, title insurance, boundary disputes, adverse possession, partitions, and commercial evictions. Noreen also represents individuals, municipalities and corporations in commercial litigation involving franchise disputes, breach of contract, negligent and fraudulent misrepresentation, and breach of fiduciary duty. Representative cases include:
- Successfully defended jury verdict entered in Maine Business and Consumer Court in favor of Maine Ford automobile dealer before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The Law Court affirmed the Maine Business and Consumer Court’s decisions upholding the constitutionality of the Maine Motor Vehicle Dealer Act, the notice provisions required under that Act, and the methodology of appealing decisions of the Maine Motor Vehicle Franchise Board. Ford Motor Company v. Darling’s, 2014 ME 7.
- Successfully defended co-personal representatives against allegations of breach of fiduciary duty by residuary beneficiary of Estate. Obtained decision in favor of co-personal representatives following two-day bench trial with order that residuary beneficiary pay a portion of co-personal representatives’ attorneys fees. Successfully defended Probate Court’s decision on beneficiary’s appeal to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in which Law Court affirmed entirety of Probate Court’s decision. Estate of Ada Y. Greenblatt, 2014 ME 32.
- Prevailed on motion for summary judgment for client property owner who was sued by neighboring property owner. The Superior Court declared that client owned half of the so-called “paper street” which abutted her property, that neighboring property owner failed to prove that the original developer of the subdivision intended to retain title to the paper streets shown on the subdivision plan, and that neighboring property owner’s attempt to extinguish client’s private easement rights to ways shown on subdivision plan was ineffective.
- Prevailed on motion to enforce settlement agreement in matter of first impression in Maine regarding whether a divorce settlement awarding a former spouse all right, title and interest in certain assets is nullified when former spouse dies without removing ex-spouse as beneficiary on assets.
- Prevailed on a motion to dismiss for a municipality client in a declaratory judgment action filed by taxpayer alleging failure to abide by terms of charter. Successfully defended Superior Court’s decision on taxpayer’s appeal to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. McGettigan v. Town of Freeport, 2012 ME 38.
- Obtained dismissal for realtor client sued by buyer of property alleging negligent misrepresentation.
Prior to joining Eaton Peabody in 2005, Noreen was an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia where she focused on white collar criminal defense and government investigations. While in law school, Noreen was an Associate Editor and Senior Editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
‘As one who has worked very closely with the legal profession for many years during my corporate career, I feel fully qualified to rate Noreen’s overall performance as exemplary. Noreen was totally dedicated to the task at hand, easy to communicate with, sensitive, yet very tough when necessary… Many of my lawyer friends gave me a 50-50 chance of winning this case. Thanks to Noreen and her associates, she improved our odds to 100%.’
– From a satisfied client