AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday nominated three lawyers, including his chief counsel, to the District Court bench.
Cynthia Montgomery of Palermo, who serves as chief counsel to the governor, Charles F. Budd Jr. of Bangor and Thomas Nale Sr. of Waterville were announced as nominees in a press release.
Montgomery became LePage’s top legal adviser in February, after the governor appointed her predecessor, Carlisle McLean, to serve on the Maine Public Utilities Commission.
Govs. Angus King and John Baldacci also nominated their counsels to the state court, according to previously published reports.
A native of Texas, Montgomery is a graduate of Georgia State University, where she also received her law degree in 1994, the release said. She served as a union representative and in-house counsel for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, Local 623, from 1989 to 1995. In her private practice, she litigated discrimination actions against several urban governments and multiple national and international companies.
After relocating to Maine in 2002, she worked for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. In 2003, she accepted a position in the Bureau of Employee Relations as a labor relations specialist, then counsel in 2006 and was promoted to the position of chief counsel in 2011 for the bureau, according to the governor’s press release. She went to work in the governor’s office in February.
Montgomery lives in Palermo.
Budd is a partner at Rudman Winchell who focuses his practice on criminal law, divorce and child custody, family law and personal injury law. Prior to law school, Budd worked for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C. and later for Massachusetts Gov. William Weld. Prior to joining Rudman Winchell, he worked for the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow.
He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the release said. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston College, he graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as an editor of the Tax Lawyer, an American Bar Association publication.
Nale, of Nale & Nale Law Offices, has been practicing law since he was admitted to the Maine Bar in 1979. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law and Thomas College. Nale specializes in divorce, family matters and litigation. With over 35 years of litigation experience, he has tried cases before the Maine District Court, Maine Superior Court, Maine Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the District of Maine.
He served as the mayor of Waterville from 1986 to 1987, the release said. Nale is a former president and treasurer of the Waterville Bar Association and is a lifelong resident of the Waterville area.