Counsel at Verrill Dana LLP
Steve Rowe is counsel to the law firm of Verrill Dana LLP in Portland. In addition to his law practice, Steve works on initiatives to increase high quality early childhood education, reduce underage drinking and reduce domestic abuse.
Steve served as Maine’s Attorney General from 2001 through 2008. Prior to taking office, he served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives. During his last term, Steve served as Speaker of the House. Prior to his state government service, Steve worked for fifteen years in the semiconductor and insurance industries in Maine. Before that, he served six years as an active duty Army officer.
As Maine’s Attorney General, Steve Rowe focused on issues related to children and families, health care, civil rights, consumer protection, domestic violence and elder abuse. He chaired national committees dealing with prescription drug pricing and underage drinking. He led successful legal challenges to defeat efforts by the Bush Administration to weaken federal clean air act standards. He advocated for increased high quality early childhood education opportunities for Maine’s youngest children. Steve also raised public awareness about elder abuse as well as palliative care and end-of-life issues.
As a legislator, Steve chaired committees on natural resources, economic development and research and development. He led the creation of the Fund for a Healthy Maine to dedicate Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement proceeds for use on smoking prevention and cessation, early childhood health and education, and other health-related initiatives.
Steve holds a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Utah Graduate School of Business, and a bachelor's degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Steve is the father of four grown children. Steve and his wife Amanda live in Portland. Amanda coordinates student nursing services for Portland Public Schools.