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March 26, 2024

A former paralegal returns to Pierce Atwood, this time as a business attorney

Pierce Atwood has added Sonia J. Buck, a business law attorney, to the Portland office of the law firm. 

Buck focuses her practice on debt finance and restructuring. She was most recently a senior attorney in the Portland office of Brock & Scott, where she focused on commercial default workouts, loan modifications, mortgage foreclosures, corporate power of sale transfers, lien enforcement and bankruptcy. 

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Sonia J. Buck

Previously, she was a partner at Linnell, Choate & Webber in Auburn, where she handled commercial loans and real estate transactions. 

“Pierce Atwood was my home for over a decade before law school,” Buck told Mainebiz. “I am happy to have returned to my roots and to be working with the talented team in Pierce Atwood’s business practice group.” 

In her prior stint at Pierce Atwood, Buck worked as a paralegal for the firm's business practice group, where she coordinated complex real estate and loan transactions, organized closings, and handled bankruptcy filings and mortgage foreclosures. She also handled pro bono bankruptcy cases for the Volunteer Lawyers Project.

“She’s a successful and well-respected attorney and will be a key addition to our bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice,” said Matt Stein, the business practice group chair.

While Buck spends most of her time practicing law, she has also experimented with fiction and educational writing which has become a passion. She is a frequent speaker and author for the National Business Institute and recently received their Outstanding Faculty Award.

“Movie Therapy for Law Students (2020 Edition) and related short e-books combine my love for movies with my goal of inspiring and teaching law students and new lawyers,” said Buck. “Watching legal-themed movies can provide a more comprehensive understanding of legal issues and help bridge the gap between law school and practicing.”

Buck received her law degree from the University of Maine School of Law and her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Southern Maine. 

Pierce Atwood is ranked No. 3 among the state's largest law firms, according to the recently published 2024 Mainebiz Book of Lists. The firm has 76 attorneys working in Maine. In addition to Portland, there are offices in Augusta, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C.

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