Woodward & Kelley, PLLC was founded in 2002 by Philip C. Woodward and Marikate E. Kelley.  The firm has a state-wide civil-law practice.  The firm’s litigation practice is largely dedicated to the defense of claims against municipalities, insurance coverage disputes and professional liability claims.  Our transactions practice is performed on behalf of lending institutions, corporate and individual clients.  The firm has a longstanding commitment to the design and implementation of cost-effective strategies to solving problems and achieving identified objectives.

Philip C. Woodward

Mr. Woodward is an experienced trial attorney with over two decades of experience.  His practice is state-wide and comprised exclusively of civil litigation.  Mr. Woodward enjoys a particular focus on the defense of governmental liability claims, insurance defense and coverage analysis, as well as construction litigation, including defense of professional liability claims against architects and engineers.  Mr. Woodward brings his substantial experience to the overall management of contentious disputes, and has earned a strong reputation for achieving the successful resolution of conflict whether by trial or alternative dispute resolution.  

Mr. Woodward is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Maine School of Law where he served as Notes Editor to the Maine Law Review, and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Vermont.

Marikate E. Kelley

Ms. Kelley is an experienced general practitioner.  Her areas of practice include general civil litigation with a focus on defense of governmental liability claims as well as personal injury litigation, primarily representing plaintiffs.  She also provides services in the areas of estate planning and probate, corporate law, adoptions, collection and foreclosure, and transactional work. Ms. Kelley serves as a foreclosure mediator.

Ms. Kelley is an alumna of Boston College and the University of Maine School of Law.  She is a former law clerk to the New Hampshire Superior Court and former adjunct professor at Johnson State College and Community College of Vermont where she has taught, among other subjects, Constitutional and Business Law.