Practice Areas


Ociepka & Burnett, P.A., provides representation in the following areas of law (click on a practice area to learn more):

      Criminal Defense
      Sean gained his first practical experience as a lawyer prosecuting misdemeanor cases for the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney Intern. His experience in that position informs his criminal defense practice. Sean represents individuals charged with a broad range of crimes, from misdemeanors to felonies.
      Civil Litigation and Personal Injury
      Sean and Elly have both litigated cases in Maine’s District, Superior and Supreme Judicial Courts as well as cases before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston. They have experience litigating everything from eviction cases to personal injury claims to class actions. If you have a case in court, Ociepka & Burnett can help.
      Elder Law, Estate Planning and Probate
      Sean and Elly assist individuals and their families with end-of-life planning. From Powers of Attorney to Advanced Health Care Directives to Wills and Trusts, we advise clients about solutions that are tailored to meet their needs. We also represent individuals acting as Personal Representatives for an estate and in contested Probate Court matters, including Guardianships and Conservatorships.
      Employment Law and Civil Rights
      Both Sean and Elly have represented individuals who have been subjected to discrimination in employment, education, housing, and public accommodation in dozens of cases before the Maine Human Rights Commission and in numerous cases in both state and federal court. They help clients negotiate with employers regarding reasonable accommodation and medical leave issues, and represent employees looking to challenge wrongful employment terminations.
      Business Services
      Sean and Elly assist businesses with formation, operation, and dissolution issues. We advise businesses on human resource matters, review contracts, and act as a registered agent. Elly also drafts and updates employee handbooks and provides preventative training for employers, including anti-harassment and supervisor best practices.