J. William McCartney J. William McCartney

J. William McCartney


Meet Will, an eager and driven associate, ready to meet any challenge head on.

J. William McCartney

7257 direct
207 774-1200 main
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100 Middle Street
PO Box 9729
Portland, ME 04104-5029


Executive Editor, Michigan Journal of Law Reform


Here’s why you’ll enjoy working with him.

Will is dedicated to using his legal practice to benefit members of the community. Will treats every case with the same dedication, attention and respect to further his clients’ goals—assessing needs, evaluating both legal and practical strategies, and communicating complex ideas. Will’s work ethic, commitment, and collaborative thinking keep him laser-focused on his client’s priorities and success.

Prior to joining Bernstein Shur, he worked for both the Michigan Innocence Clinic and the Michigan Civil Litigation Initiative, helping overturn wrongful convictions and combatting housing discrimination. Will has also worked in Maine state politics, where he began as a political organizer and worked his way up to Finance Director at the Maine Senate Democratic Campaign Committee. While serving as Finance Director, Will modernized the Committee’s fundraising efforts by targeting grassroots contributors, establishing an online fundraising program, and promoting local events, providing the Committee with the resources to target races across the State.

But that’s not all. Will is also experienced in:

  • Breach of Contract claims at both the business and consumer level
  • Real Estate Litigation, including boundary disputes, municipal land use regulations, and HOA litigation
  • Animal Welfare Litigation
  • Coalition building, fundraising, and grass roots campaign organization

In his former life, Will was:

  • Field Organizer for Maine Citizens for Clean Elections
  • Brewery Tour Guide in Bar Harbor
  • Hotel Employee at the Rustler Lodge at the Alta Ski Resort in Utah

When Will isn’t working, he is…

Skiing, camping, and enjoying the Maine wilderness with his partner Kathleen and new baby girl Eleanor. While not outside, Will enjoys playing board games with friends, watching movies, crafting cocktails, and watching Michigan beat Ohio State. Go Blue!






JD, University of Michigan Law School, cum laude
BA, Bowdoin College

Admitted to practice
State of Maine
State of New Hampshire
U.S. District Court for the District of Maine