Catherine C. Miller, Esq.
Catherine is the founder of Miller Law & Mediation, the predecessor firm to MillerAsen. Throughout the firm’s growth, Catherine has never lost sight of her primary focus: to ensure clients receive the best possible representation. Catherine is also responsible for managing the efforts of her team and enhancing the firm’s service offering.
Catherine is a member of the Miane Bar. She has 25 years of experience practicing law and over 20 years specializing exclusively in family law. Prior to opening her own firm, Catherine was a partner in Givertz, Hambley, Scheffee & Lavoie, P.A. In 2013, Miller Law & Mediation joined forces with The Law Offices of Clarke C. Hambley to expand the firm’s practice areas to include representation of small businesses, real estate, and estate planning. In 2020, Miller Law & Mediation welcomed Alex Chaiken from the established estate planning firm, HunterChaiken, LLC.
In January of 2022, the firm welcomed four family law attorneys from the firm MittelAsen, LLC and the firm became MillerAsen, P.A. By combining the members of two extraordinary firms, both very similar in size and culture, complementary practice strengths enable the firm to provide a broader range of family and estate planning services to clients with the same focus, experience, compassion, and personalized service for which both firms are known.
Over the past 20 years Catherine has continued her study of issues pertaining to children and families, taxes, finances, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, and conflict management. complex financial estates, children and families, mediation, and conflict management. She is a Certified Mediator, is trained in the Collaborative Law model, and is a rostered Guardian ad Litem. Catherine is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. In 2019, Catherine joined University of Maine School of Law as an Adjunct-Professor to teach Family Law.
Catherine is very active in the legal community and is passionate about the growth of the legal profession. She formerly served as a member of the Executive Board Member to the Maine Guardian Ad Litem Institute (2004-2005; 2014-2015); Maine State Bar Association Family Law Section (Chair – 2006-2008); (Vice Chair – 2005-2006), (Secretary – 2004-2005); the Kids First Center (Board of Directors – 2006-2015) (President 2018-2019); Maine Board of Bar Overseers Grievance Commission; and the Maine Guardian Ad Litem Review Board to preside over attorney and guardian ad litem grievance complaints.
Recently, Catherine was appointed by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to serve on the Family Law Advisory Committee (FLAC) to advise the legislature on issues pertaining Maine family law and is a frequent speaker on family law for the Maine State Bar Association.
Catherine is a graduate of Le Moyne College (B.A. 1993) and the University of Maine School of Law, (J.D. 1997). She is admitted to practice in Maine. Catherine enjoys spending time with her husband, Greg, and their three children, and tending to their family oyster farm and vineyard, and their chickens and bees.
(207) 523-8260 – Direct
Diane Dusini, Esq.
Diane Dusini began her legal career as a tax lawyer providing tax and business consulting services to family law attorneys in Maine. For the last 27 years, Diane has focused her practice on family law and specifically the tax and business implications of divorce.
Diane is listed in Best Lawyers in America and was selected lawyer of the year in family law for 2013 and 2017. Diane is listed as a Super Lawyer in family law as well. Diane received the University of Maine Law School Alumni Association Award for distinguished service in 2013. Diane is the past President of the Maine State Bar Association Board of Governors.
Diane has been an active member in many organizations in the community including positions as the former President of the Board of Directors of the Kennebec Girl Scout Council and former President of the University of Maine School of Law Alumni Association and Board Member of the Maine Justice Foundation. Diane is certified by the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts as a Certified Divorce Planner. Diane has taught family law at the University of Maine School of Law and is a frequent speaker at seminars.
Diane lives in Scarborough and is an active triathlete and volunteer for the National Park Service.
(207) 699-5733 – Direct
Susan Bixby, Esq.
Susan Bixby joined MillerAsen, in 2022 from an 18-year career at MittelAsen, LLC. Prior to that, she worked at a similarly sized law firm in New Hampshire for a number of years. Her practice is devoted primarily to family law.
Susan is a member of the Cumberland Bar Association and the Maine State Bar Association and was a past Chair of the Family Law Section of the Association (2010-2012). She served on the Board of Directors of the Kids First Center from 2014-2020.
Susan graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1998.
(207) 699-5736 – Direct
Jessica M. Govind, Esq.
Jessica s an experienced family law and trial attorney with more than 15 years litigating in Maine, Massachusetts, and New York State and Federal Courts. Jessica has a passion for family law and has focused the last ten years of her practice solely in this area. In addition to representing individual clients in court, Jessica is a skilled mediator for family matter.
Jessica is active in the legal community where she served as the Legislative Liaison to the Family Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association, is a volunteer attorney for the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project’s Courthouse Assistance Program and served as a volunteer to the Kids First Center. She has furthered her training in family law by attending conferences held by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys.
Prior to joining the firm, Jessica began her practice of law at Henshaw & Culbertson, LLC, an AmLaw 200 nationally recognized law firm in the Boston market. In 2008, Jessica took a position in New York practicing law for Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, also a nationally recognized law firm.
Jessica is a graduate of George Washington University and earned her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Jessica is a member of the Bar in Maine (active), Massachusetts (retired), and New York (retired). When she is not skiing at Sugarloaf, Jessica lives in Cape Elizabeth with her husband and two active daughters.
(207) 523-8270 – Direct
Alex M. Chaiken, Esq.
Alex brings an established practice and expertise in estate planning and administration to MillerAsen.
Alex began his legal career with a clerkship in the Maine District Courts in Bangor working primarily with the Hon. E. Mary Kelly. He subsequently joined the Law Office of Susan E. Hunter, a boutique estate planning and administration practice in Portland, where he later became a partner and the firm became HunterChaiken, LLC. At HunterChaiken, Alex gained experience in all aspects of estate planning, from the drafting of wills and trusts to complex tax planning and generational transfers. Additionally, Alex provided estate and probate administration services including the preparation of estate and fiduciary income tax returns, as well as personal income tax returns. Alex is also experienced in all aspects of practice in Maine’s probate courts.
Alex is admitted to practice in the State of Maine and the Federal District of Maine and is a member of the Maine State Bar Association. He was a member of the Maine State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy Class of 2016.
Alex is a graduate of the University of Maine and the Wake Forest University School of Law. He enjoys spending weeknights officiating soccer games throughout Maine and enjoying time outside with his wife and active dog, Porkchop. Weekday mornings are spent finishing the New York Times Crossword puzzle as quickly as possible.
(207) 553-2181 – Direct
Whitney A. Lallas, Esq.
Whitney’s practice is focused on family law matters. Whitney’s sight has been set on family law since before she began her undergraduate education at the University of Maine, where she earned her B.S. in Business Management with a minor in Legal Studies.
Whitney attended the University of Maine School of Law, graduating in 2019. During her time at law school, Whitney served as president of the Juvenile Law Society, Chairwoman of the Maine Association for Public Interest Law, and externed at the Portland District Court. Whitney excelled as a Student Attorney at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic where she represented clients in a variety of matters including divorce, post-divorce motions and other family matters, juvenile matters, and protection from abuse cases. Whitney is a recipient of the law school’s Family, Juvenile, & Elder Law Award, with a focus in Family Law, for outstanding scholastic achievement.
During her tenure as a Student Attorney, Whitney drafted, and testified in support of a legislative bill titled, An Act to Ease Financial Burdens for Juveniles Involved in the Justice System, which became law in 2019.
While earning her undergraduate and law school degrees, Whitney also worked for a small family law firm from 2012 to 2019.
Currently, Whitney serves as the Legislative Liaison of the Maine State Bar Association’s Family Law Section and is a contributor to the 2020 supplement to A Practical Guide to Divorce in Maine, published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education New England.
(207) 699-5739 – Direct