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Updated: October 3, 2022 / 2022 NextUp: 40 Under 40 Honorees

40 Under 40: A lawyer who offers financial guidance to veterans

Photo / Tim Greenway Michael Adams, an attorney at Preti Flaherty, had a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan and later earned a law degree.
Michael Adams, 28

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Significant professional accomplishment: Returning to an undergraduate program after a nine-month-long deployment to Afghanistan and excelling through it, which led to being admitted, and subsequently graduating from law school.

Passion project: Being able to provide legal and financial guidance and assistance to veterans across the state. I was working with the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection, a state regulatory agency. It publishes annual financial related pieces that target specific issues in the state. When I was working there, I wanted to help produce a financial guide that was tailored toward Maine’s 100,000-plus veterans, highlighting programs and benefits available to them. I was the co-author of the guide and hundreds of copies made their way around the state. I am not sure of one specific example in which the guide helped a veteran, but I do know that the reception was well received and the bureau received dozens of calls asking for more. I can only hope that it did help veterans take steps towards financial stability.

Audacious goal: To become a leader in my field.

Favorite quote: “Never, never, never give up.” — Winston Churchill

Influential book: “Walking with Destiny,” by Andrew Roberts

Favorite TV shows: “The Office,” ”The Wire,” “The Sopranos”

How do you recharge: Spending time with family and playing 18 at the Brunswick Golf Club.

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