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Govan Law Team Profile

Attorney Matthew Govan
Paralegal Andrea Maillet
Legal Assistant Marie Sanders

Attorney Matthew Govan

Matthew Govan

A proud father and uncle, Attorney Matthew Govan lives in Portland, Maine, with his teenage daughter.

Attorney Govan moved to Portland in 1999 to attend law school after graduation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He obtained his law degree from University of Maine School of Law in 2003 and later obtained his master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine at Portland in 2012.

While at the University of Maine School of Law, Attorney Govan enrolled in every course offered in the areas of family law and children’s advocacy. Furthermore, he and a fellow student developed the curriculum for and led a class titled “The Child, Family and State.” After becoming a member of the Maine Bar in 2005, Attorney Govan took cases as a Guardian ad litem in child protective matters and as a parents’ attorney in various family matters. While still focusing mainly on family law, Attorney Govan has expanded his practice to include adoption and guardianship, as well as collaborative divorce, both in response to the needs of and benefits to his clientele.

Attorney Govan gives back to the community by volunteering his time as a mediator at the Opportunity Alliance Family Mediation Program, and as an appointed Guardian ad litem in family matters.

Professional Associations

  • Maine Collaborative Law Alliance
  • Maine State Bar Association
    (Family, Juvenile & Protective Custody, and Title Sections)
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • York County Bar Association


  • University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine, MSW, 2012
  • University of Maine School of Law, Portland, Maine, JD, 2003
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, BBA, 1999

Additional Training

  • Mediation
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Florida Collaborative Trainers
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council

Paralegal Andrea MailletParalegal
Andrea Maillet

In 2009, Andrea Maillet obtained an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Technology from Central Maine Community College, giving her a valuable technical and problem-solving background.

Feeling pulled back to the deep fascination in forensics and true crime which began in her youth, Andrea headed back to school and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies from the University of Maine at Augusta, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2016. During that time she not only interned with an attorney specializing in criminal and family law, but she focused her studies mainly on domestic violence, hate crimes and criminal law.

Andrea has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity on Women Build projects, enjoys live music and whitewater rafting, and resides with her two sons in Brunswick, Maine.

Legal Assistant Marie SandersLegal Assistant
Marie Sanders

In 2000 Marie M. Sanders attended University of Houston with a major in Psychology and minor in English Literature; she is currently headed back to University of Maine to expand her degree with an Associates in Paralegal Studies. Marie has 25 years of Paralegal and Legal Administrative Assistant experience in a range of Law including Criminal, Personal Injury, Real Estate/Estate Planning, Civil and Family Law. She is truly passionate about helping people through the toughest times in their lives.

Marie volunteers with Toys for Tots and a food pantry, spending Thanksgiving day putting together food packages for the less fortunate and elderly.

She enjoys volleyball, fishing, hunting, skiing, and boating in her spare time, with her wonderful husband, kids and grandkids.

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