Chair, Public Employee & Labor Groups
Roberta L. de Araujo specializes in representing employees and unions in employment, civil rights and union matters, mediating employment disputes, and providing anti-discrimination and sexual harassment training. She is the Chair of the Firm’s Public Employee and Labor Groups. LawDragon selected Roberta as one of the country’s 500 leading plaintiff employment lawyers.Before joining the Firm, Roberta served for nine years as General Counsel and two years as staff attorney for the Maine State Employees Association, where she represented the union and its private and public sector members in arbitration and administrative hearings and related court proceedings. Roberta also has 15 years of experience in Maine as a self-employed mediator, arbitrator, fact-finder, and hearing officer handling labor and employment disputes, including unemployment appeals and appeals before the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. In addition, she practiced for three years with a Washington, D.C. law firm representing employees and unions in retirement law matters. Roberta graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, and magna cum laude from Brown University.
Roberta has served two terms on the Board of Governors of the Maine State Bar Association and has twice served as a co-chair of the Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. She provides pro bono representation to individuals seeking protection from abuse orders as a member of the Volunteer Lawyers’ Project’s Domestic Violence Panel. Roberta is the daughter of Brazilian immigrants and was raised speaking Portuguese at home. She lives in Portland with her husband, and they have two grown children.