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MSBA Mourns Loss of Past President Wendell Large

Tuesday, April 17, 2018  
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Wendell G. Large



Wendell Graham Large, a past president of the Maine State Bar Association, died April 7, 2018, of heart failure while attending a USLAW conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Wendell graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina and earned his J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law. A resident of Maine since 1976, he was a founding partner of Richardson, Whitman, Large & Badger where he focused on jury and court trials, arbitration, and regulatory proceedings concerning professional and product liability claims and large exposure personal injury claims.


In addition to having served as past president of the MSBA, Wendell was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, past president of the New England Bar Association, a governor of the American Bar Association, a director of the USLAW Network, and several times co-director of the Maine College of Trial Advocacy. He was also an active member of Portland Trails and served on its advisory board.


Wendell was well known for his courtroom presence and his genuine commitment to the law.  He was much loved by his work “family,” and his always-open door, mind, and heart made him the first choice to confide in for professional and personal guidance. No one better understood people or treated them with more kindness and civility. Wendell’s compassion, subtlety, and innate integrity inspired the well-deserved confidence of clients, peers, and judges.  His intelligence, deep knowledge of the law, and strategic prowess led to enormous success both in and out of the courtroom.


A memorial reception for Wendell will be held on Sunday, April 22, from 3:00 to 5:00pm, at Ocean Gateway on the Portland waterfront.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Wendell’s memory may be made to:


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