Laura Lowenthal, MSW & Legal Administrator
Laura grew up in Mountain Lakes, NJ, graduating from Mountain Lakes High School. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Spanish & English with a minor in psychology from Skidmore College and received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Rutgers College in New Jersey. During her earlier post-undergraduate years, Laura worked in a variety of fields from legal to sports marketing, eventually finding herself running one of the largest grant programs in the state of Maine as the Executive Director. The program, Community Partnership for Older Adults, was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Laura ran the program for ten years and had numerous grantees that she was responsible for throughout the country. Ultimately, Laura found herself working at WTB LAW and quickly took over the position of the Firm Legal Administrator.
As the Firm's Legal Administrator, she runs the day to day operations of the law firm and manages the Firm's non-lawyer staff. She also serves as the Firm's point person for assisting our clients in navigating the complex DEEP process. She also assists our clients in finding and making recommendations for counselors and therapists for the purpose of addressing substance abuse issues as well as deep-seated emotional issues that are best addressed through the therapeutic model. Laura has an extensive background in therapy models and while she is not a practicing therapist, her background and contacts have proven invaluable for guiding our clients through the tough emotional challenges that tend to pop up during the criminal arrest and charging process.
Ellysa Hallberg, Esq. - Office Manager / In-House Counsel
Elly was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she majored in English with a specialization in British Literature, and minored in Business Administration. She proceeded to graduate with her Juror's Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law in May of 2015, with focuses in Criminal Law and Litigation. Upon graduation, Elly moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin where she joined Cohen Law and practiced criminal defense as an Associate Attorney. In September 2016, she moved to Portland, Maine, where she joined WTB LAW while her husband attends the University of New England University School of Dentistry. She and her husband just recently welcomed their first child, and Elly continues to thrive at WTB LAW in her position as Office Manager and In-House Counsel. She loves participating in her local Brentwood Community Garden and refinishing antique furniture in her spare time.
Max Vogel, Legal Assistant
Max previously worked on criminal and civil investigations for indigent clients at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and at the nonprofit legal clinic D.C. Law Students in Court. Max is a graduate of Bowdoin College with a degree in Economics and Government & Legal Studies. His studies focused on the public provision of legal representation for the indigent and on the intersection of legal and racial conflict. Max was recently accepted to the University of Michigan Law School where upon graduation in the spring of 2022, he hopes to be a criminal defense attorney himself. In his spare time, Max enjoys hiking and playing ultimate frisbee.
Suzanne's Photo Is Coming Soon!
Suzanne Quist, Legal Assistant
Suzanne is our newest WTB LAW team member. Although she comes to us from Georgia, she spent the majority of her years in New Jersey. She is a recent graduate of the University of North Georgia where she received her Paralegal certificate. This was an intensive two-year degree program that is approved by the American Bar Association. Prior to training to be a paralegal, Suzanne worked in the New York area as a compliance specialist in a national insurance wholesale brokerage company. She has a wide variety of experience and skill sets that include IT management, billing and medical records compliance and legal research skills.
Chelsey Marto, Esq. - Law Clerk
Chelsey Marto serves as the Law Clerk at WTB LAW, where she provides legal assistance to attorneys on staff. She greatly enjoys working in a career field that allows her to participate in advocating for those caught in vulnerable situations and who are "up against the system".
Chelsey is a graduate of Regent University in Virginia Beach, where she double majored in Government/Pre-Law and Business Management. She is currently in her third year of law school at the University of Maine, where her focus is on criminal law. She is an active participant in the Moot Court program at her school and has competed in the Civil Rights-focused, Bryant Moore Moot Court Competition, located in D.C.. Chelsey was named best oral argument at her school's intramural competition this year, giving her the unique opportunity to be one of two law students to represent the school by arguing in front of the entire Supreme Judicial Court of Maine in April. She is also extremely passionate about coaching first year law students in their oral arguments, because it allows her to sharpen the advocacy skills of her peers.
Additionally, Chelsey serves as an editor of the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal at Maine Law, which compiles various articles related to Ocean law to be published nationally and used as persuasive authority among attorneys across the country. Further, Chelsey has recently been chosen as one of six student attorneys at her school's Refugee and Human Rights Clinic, where she will be representing indigent clients across the state of Maine with their various civil and criminal cases.
In her free time, Chelsey can be found at the gym engaging in activities such as kick boxing and weight training, hiking through the various trails Maine has to offer, reading a good book, and spending time with family and friends.
Taylor's photo is coming soon!
Taylor Krowitz, Intern
Taylor is currently studying at the University of Maine School of Law and is on track to receive his Juris Doctor of Law in the spring of 2021. Taylor provides direct legal research support to our attorneys and is "learning the ropes" to become our next Law Clerk. Taylor has a unique insight into our client's legal problems as prior to beginning to law school, he worked in the field of security and loss prevention. His experience has taught him that everyone has a story and those people deserve a vigorous legal defense. He's seen first hand the emotional fallout of people arrested and charged with crimes and as such, he's developed a true sense of empathy and compassion that shines through for all of our clients at WTB LAW.
Napoleon, Head of WTB LAW Security
Don't let his cute face fool you! As head of security, Napoleon is here to protect our clients and staff from all manners of evil such as squirrels, strange dogs ("hey! Get off my lawn!), the FedEx gal, the UPS guy, the Mail Man and any "burglars" that might be lurking around the windows of our office. He's also an excellent judge of character and is sometimes the deciding factor as to whether or not we agree to accept a new client. If you fail "the Napoleon test", it's unlikely that you're going to become a client here. While his main job is physical security, Napoleon is also adept at comforting our clients during times of crises. Napoleon has a good sense of when people need his services so don't be surprised if he asks to jump up into your lap for "a quick pet". And while it may appear to the average person that Napoleon is just seeking attention, what he's really doing is providing comfort to our clients. Thanks Napoleon!