Linda Conti, Division of Consumer Protection Chief

Linda Conti, raised in Washington County, Maine, graduated from Wellesley College in 1982 and received her law degree from University of Maine School of Law in 1987. She has been an Assistant Attorney General since 1988, having served in the General Government and Consumer Protection Divisions. In 2004, she became Chief of the Consumer Protection Division, which is responsible for enforcement of consumer protection, antitrust and tobacco laws, as well as oversight of charities and non-profit organizations.

Ms. Conti’s first trial was in 1995 in an action for severance pay against LVI Industries, a case which she subsequently argued in the Law Court, resulting in a severance pay award of several hundred thousand dollars to workers displaced by the closing of the Dori Shoe plant in Lewiston. Since then Ms. Conti has tried several cases enforcing the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act, including State v. Shattuck (a case against a Lincolnville innkeeper who threatened consumers) and State v. Weinschenk (a case against a Portland home builder and developer). Both of these cases were appealed to the Law Court where Ms. Conti successfully argued that the Superior Court decisions be upheld.

Ms. Conti’s work in the nonprofit arena includes serving as lead counsel in State v. Melmac, concerning the sale of Maine's nonprofit student loan funding corporation to a business in 1999. She also drafted legislation that resulted in Maine's adoption of a version of the Revised Uniform Nonprofit Corporation Act and comprehensive legislation governing the conversion of nonprofit entities to business enterprises. More recently, Ms. Conti participated as a panelist on the University of Maine School of Law's 2009 Ethics Symposium: Current Issues in Governance and Ethics for the Nonprofit Sector.