Doris Harnett, Division of Health and Human Services Chief

Doris A. Harnett is a 1975 graduate of Nasson College and a 1980 graduate of Fordham University School of Law and. She started her career in the Office of the Attorney General in 1980 and represented the Secretary of State (1980-1982) and the Department of Health and Human Services (1982-1985). Ms. Harnett worked in the private sector from 1985 through 1998, where her areas of practice included health law, civil litigation, employment law, workers’ compensation, insurance litigation and insurance coverage. While in private practice, she served as co-counsel in the case of Conroy v. Aniskoff et al., 507 U.S. 511 (1993), a case which involved the interpretation of the tolling provision of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act. Ms. Harnett also served as co-counsel in the successful ballot access case of Citizens to Establish a Reform Party in Arkansas et al. v. Priest, 970 F. Supp. 690 (E.D. Ark. 1996).

Ms. Harnett returned to the Office of the Attorney General in 1998, representing the Department of Health and Human Services in the areas of health law, litigation, administrative law, employment law, public guardianships and contracts. From 1999 through 2001, she served as the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer for the Office of the Attorney General.

Since 2001, she has served as Chief of the Health and Human Services Division, where she continues to represent the Department of Health and Human Services while supervising eight other Assistant Attorneys General. The Division represents the Department of Health and Human Services in all matters except child support and child protective cases. The Division handles administrative hearings and trials and appeals in state and federal courts, including litigation related to the MaineCare Program, the Certificate of Need Program, class actions and other complex litigation.

Ms. Harnett was recognized as Manager of the Year by the Office of the Attorney General in 2002. She was appointed by Governor Baldacci in 2003 to serve on the Advisory Council for the Reorganization and Unification of the Department of Human Services and the Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services. In 2006, Ms. Harnett received an AV Peer Review rating from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. She was appointed by Chief Judge George Z. Singal in 2007 to serve on the United States Magistrate Merit Selection Panel.