Office of the Governor Announces Chief Legal Counsel, Policy Advisor

February 1, 2016

For Immediate Release: Monday, February 01, 2016
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today announced Avery Day will serve as his Chief Legal Counsel. Former Chief Legal Counsel Cynthia Montgomery was confirmed as a judge by the Senate on January 28, 2016, leaving the Governor’s Office position vacant.

Since March 2015, Avery Day has served as Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of the Governor on environmental protection, agriculture, conservation and forestry, inland fisheries and wildlife, and marine resources-related legislation and regulation. He also served as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection beginning in early September before Paul Mercer was sworn in as the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection in January.

Prior to joining the Administration, Day practiced in Pierce Atwood’s Government Relations and Litigation practice groups. This primarily involved representing businesses and associations before the Maine Legislature and regulatory agencies. Before attending law school, Day also worked for a member of Maine’s Congressional delegation, providing advice regarding many of the same industries with which he currently works.

Day is a graduate of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and Harvard Law School. He has been admitted to the Bar in Maine and Massachusetts.

David Sorensen has also joined the Office of the Governor as Senior Health Policy Advisor. In this role, he advises the Administration on healthcare and health insurance-related legislation and regulation. Prior to joining the Governor’s staff in November 2015, David worked in communications and policy for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine House Republican Office from 2011 to 2014.

Sorensen holds a B.A. from the State University of New York and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, where he served as articles editor for the Maine Law Review and president of the school’s chapter of the Federalist Society.

Sorensen lives in Augusta with his wife, Jessica. They enjoy exploring Maine by boat.