About - Dana A. Cleaves Associates
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Who We Are

Dana A. Cleaves is the founder and proprietor of Dana A. Cleaves Associates.  Dana served as Associate Judge, then Chief Judge of the Maine Administrative Court from 1978 through 1993.  From 1980 on Dana functioned primarily as a Family Court Judge, establishing a Family Court Pilot Project in Portland from 1990 to 1993.  He was admitted to the Maine and U.S. District Court Bar in 1974.

Since 1993 former Judge Cleaves has been engaged in the practice of Mediation and Private Adjudication of family law matters.  In this practice Dana employs his experience as Maine’s longest-serving family law jurist in assisting divorcing families to avoid the expensive, protracted and relationship-damaging adversarial process provided by the court system.

Dana is a founding member of Resources for Divorced Families and the Kids First Center, its successor organization.

He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Maine Court Mediation Service in 1990 and was honored as the first recipient of the Annual Achievement Award presented by the Family Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association in 1993.


75 Pearl Street

Portland, ME 04101


Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday-Sunday Closed

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Dana A. Cleaves

Dana has devoted more than 30 years of his professional life in the service of divorcing families; first as a Maine Family Court Judge for fifteen years and since 1993 as a family law mediator in private practice.