Kenneth P. Altshuler

Ken Altshuler

Ken has been practicing law in Portland, Maine, since 1985, with a sole focus on Family Law. In November of 2012, Ken was elected President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a national organization consisting of the top tier divorce lawyers in the United States. He previously served as the AAML Chair of the Institute for Family Law Associates committee and the Director of the annual training program the committee developed for associates of American Academy Fellows, until resigning to assume the vice presidency of the Academy. Ken is also the editor of the Academy newsletter. Ken is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has served as a Director of the IAML.

Previous to his involvement in national and international organizations, Ken was the Chair of the Maine State Bar Association Family Law section, as well as the section’s former secretary and Legislative Liaison. He taught courses in Family Law for the University of Southern Maine’s and Andover College’s paralegal programs, but now more frequently lectures nationally and internationally.

Ken is a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. The College is limited to one hundred of the top divorce lawyers in the country. Diplomates must have been trial attorneys in family law for a minimum of twenty years and admission is by invitation only.

Ken is included in the exclusive Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Family Law. Ken is also distinguished as a Lawdragon Finalist and a New England Super Lawyer.

Ken is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and is the AAML Chair of the bi-annual joint AAML / AFCC national program on Advanced Issues in Child Custody.

Ken participated in the drafting of the Guardian ad Litem statute enacted into law in February of 1994. In 1996, Ken was appointed by the Chief Justice to the Committee to Develop a Guardian ad Litem Training and Certification Program. Ken chaired the first six training programs for Guardians and presented the section on Family Law.

Ken was previously appointed by the Chief Justice of the State of Maine Supreme Judicial Court to the Committee to Study the Role of the Courts in Protecting Children

Ken is the co-host for the morning political / current events radio show “The WGAN Morning News with Ken and Mike.” Radio Ink, an established industry magazine, recently ranked WGAN as one of the top twenty stations in the United States. Ken has also appeared on such nationally programs as the Glenn Beck Show, CNN, Headline News, Nancy Grace, Jane Valez Mitchell, Dr. Drew, and HLN’s After Dark.

Ken is also the author of a book on golf entitled Golf Foreplay.

Legal Experience

Childs, Rundlett, Fifield & Altshuler
Partner: General practice of law -- Extensive experience in family and business law, as well as arbitrating and litigating disputes. January, 2000 to the present.

Altshuler, Vincent & Kantz
Partner: General practice of law -- Extensive experience in family and business law, as well as arbitrating and litigating disputes. January, 1995 to December, 1999

Mittel, Asen, Eggert, Hunter & Altshuler
Partner: General practice of law. July, 1991 to January, 1995.

Mazziotti & Altshuler
Partner: General practice of law. October, 1985 to June, 1991.

University of Southern Maine
Lecturer: Paralegal Program. Spring, 1991.

Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic
Coordinator: Supervising fellow third-year law students in clinical practice. September, 1984 to May, 1985.

Other Experience

Dispute Resolution Associates, Inc.
Arbitrator: Participated in team arbitration with a mental health professional in Family Law and civil litigation arbitration. September, 1991 to September, 1995.

Ixtlam Bookstore, Inc.
Owner: Operated a retail bookstore. Involved in every aspect of business -- organization, inventory, accounting, design, public relations. July, 1976 to September, 1982.

Keene Accounting Services
Accountant: Accounting services for small businesses and private individuals. January, 1979 to September, 1982.

Franklin Pierce College
Instructor: Teaching undergraduate courses in accounting, bookkeeping and small business management. September, 1981 to September, 1982.

Educational Background

University of Maine School of Law
J.D. in Law, May, 1985
Dean’s List
Honors, Civil Practice and Criminal Defense I and II
American College of Trial Lawyers’ Trial Advocacy Award, 1985
University of Michigan
B.S. in Natural Resources, May, 1974
Teaching Certificate, May, 1975

Professional and Community Affiliations

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Fellow of the Academy
Board of Governors
Maine Representative to provision New England Chapter

International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Fellow of the Academy
Board of Governors
Maine Representative to provision New England Chapter

American Bar Association
Maine Reporter, Family Law Section Law in the Fifty States Committee

Maine State Bar Association
Chair, Legislative Liaison, Secretary, Family Law Section
Lecturer, Family Law Section
Lecturer, Public Affairs Committee

National Association of Counsel for Children
Member of Association

Alternative Dispute Resolution Volunteer Neutral
Appointed by the State of Maine Supreme Judicial Court Committee, 1995

Committee to Study the Role of the Courts in Protecting Children
Appointed by the Chief Justice of the State of Maine Supreme Judicial Court, 1995

Committee to Develop Guardian Ad Litem Training and Certification Program
Appointed by the Chief Justice of the State of Maine Supreme Judicial Court, 1996

Resources for Divorced Families
Board of Directors
Chairperson, Guardian ad Litem Task Force

Veterans Educational Training Services
Board of Directors

Chamber of Commerce, Keene, New Hampshire
Board of Directors. October, 1980 to September, 1982

Downtown Merchants Association, Keene, New Hampshire
Chairperson, Downtown Merchants Association. October, 1980 to September, 1982