Portland Maine Defense Lawyer
To provide exceptional, affordable legal representation to anyone accused of a crime regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or creed.
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Our Mission

Here is a fact of life: Bad things sometimes happen to good people.  When your liberty, or your property, or those you love are at risk, a great attorney is step one.

Our legal system is powerful and complex. It can change a person’s life dramatically, as well as the lives of their loved ones. The most important job of an attorney is to predict what the courts may do in a given situation and, using the unique language and procedures of the profession, position the client for maximum gain and minimum risk. We do this very well—H&H attorneys are there for you.

Meet the Team


Merritt T. Heminway, Esq.

Merritt graduated in 1994 from Vassar College with a degree in Art History. Following a career educating youth-at-risk with Outward Bound, Merritt received a Masters in Public Policy from the Muskie School of Public Service, graduating magna cum laude in 2002. He pursued his J.D. at Maine Law where he was an editor of the Maine Law Review and a student attorney at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic.  A dedicated advocate for social justice and equity, Merritt is a champion of civil rights for the people of Southern Maine. He is a native resident of Portland, a father of two and an accomplished sailor and outdoorsman.


Devens M. Hamlen, Esq.

Devie graduated with Merritt from Maine Law in 2005 and in 2006 Devie went to work for the New Hampshire Public Defender where he became a senior staff attorney.

While at the Public Defenders, Devie tried more than 30 jury trials and close to 100 bench trials and regularly carried a criminal case load of between 60 and 100 cases. He vigorously defended clients charged with everything from armed home invasion and sexual assault of a minor, to misdemeanor simple assault and driving under the influence. He worked in 8 different district courts as well as the superior court, practicing in front of more than 10 different judges.

Devie believes every client should be treated with dignity and respect, no matter the crime. Through zealous advocacy for his clients he gives a voice to those who may feel voiceless within the legal process.

When not practicing criminal law, Devie enjoys spending time with his wife and children, riding and racing bikes, reading, and cooking.


Nicole A. Dwyer, Esq.

Nicole graduated in 2016 from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Psychology. Following her undergraduate education, Nicole went on to the University of Maine School of Law where she focused on immigration law and indigent legal defense. Nicole spent her last year of law school working at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic where she represented low-income individuals on family and criminal matters.

Nicole joined H&H LawCenter in 2019 to further pursue her passion for helping individuals on a variety of complex legal matters. Nicole’s practice focuses on criminal, immigration and family matters.

Nicole lives with her fiancé, dog and two cats in North Yarmouth, Maine. She enjoys local Maine eateries, cooking and exercising in her free time.


Justin M. Wesley, Office Manager

After graduating from Cape Elizabeth High School in 1999, Justin attended Lehigh University for two years before enlisting in the United States Army as a Field Artilleryman in the spring of 2001.  During his enlistment, Justin served in South Korea and the nations of Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Following four years on active duty, Justin rejoined the civilian world in 2005 and was employed by the State of Maine Judicial Branch as an Assistant Clerk for nine years. While working in this capacity, Justin developed strong working relationships with court staff, judges, and prosecutors.

In 2014, he joined the H&H LawCenter as their Office Manager. The knowledge and skills that Justin has acquired over the past 15 years make him an integral part of the team for navigating the nuances of local court procedures and communicating with the public.  He has been with the firm since its inception, maintaining the calendar, billing, filings, client communications, and other tasks as needed to ensure the smooth and efficient functionality of the office.