Linda M. Pistner, Chief Deputy Attorney General
Linda M. Pistner, a 1975 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, joined the Maine Office of the Attorney General in October 1979, after several years in the private sector in Ohio. She worked extensively in the areas of insurance, business and licensing regulation during the first half of her career in the Office. In that role, she successfully defended the State against constitutional challenges to the workers’ compensation insurance ratemaking process, NCCI v. Superintendent of Insurance, and numerous other suits against the Superintendent of Insurance during a time of turmoil and reform in the area of workers’ compensation benefits and insurance. She also represented the Superintendent of Insurance in numerous appeals of administrative decisions, including a ground-breaking order directing the state’s largest health insurer to cover the cost of bone marrow transplant for a woman with late stage breast cancer.
In 1994, she was appointed Chief Deputy. Ms. Pistner has served on the Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access Laws since its inception, and has provided training in this area to the Legislature. Ms. Pistner also serves as the Attorney General’s representative on the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission and the Advisory Committee on Professional Responsibility. She has lectured on the ethical responsibilities of public lawyers. She researches and coordinates the Opinions of the Attorney General and works extensively with the Legislature and its staff on legislative matters.