Kristin Aiello, Esq.

Managing Attorney, Civil Rights Advocacy

 |  Phone: 1.800.452.1948 (V/TTY)

Kristin L. Aiello represents individuals with disabilities who have been discriminated against in employment, state and local government and public accommodations. Kristin’s work focuses on litigation. She leads the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Team at Disability Rights Maine and is a frequent trainer and lecturer on the ADA and the Maine Human Rights Act. Kristin was lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Doe, et al v. Rowe 156 F. Supp. 35 (Me. 2001), a seminal ADA voting rights case which overturned Maine’s constitutional provision prohibiting individuals under guardianship for reason of mental illness from voting, and was later cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Tennessee v. Lane. Kristin represents adults and children with disabilities at the Maine Human Rights Commission and in state and federal courts. In addition to her work with clients, Kristin educates policy makers at the Maine Legislature regarding disability law and she has conducted disability law trainings to many diverse groups over the years, including the National Disability Rights Network, Maine State Bar Association, the City of Portland, Maine Civil Liberties Union, individuals with disabilities, employers, state agencies, police departments, educators, social workers and others. On February 27, 2019, Kristin was appointed by the United States District Court for the District of Maine to serve on the Local Advisory Committee for a two year term. She previously served on the Planning Committee for the 2018 Judicial Conference for the District of Maine in 2018. In 2018, Kristin was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to serve on the Executive Committee of the Stakeholder Working Group for Civil Justice Reform for Maine's Courts. Kristin is active in the Employment Section of the Maine State Bar Association as both a faculty presenter and she was unanimously elected to serve as section leader in 2016 - 2018. Kristin was appointed by the then-Governor of Maine to serve as Commissioner on the Maine Human Rights Commission from 2005-2007. She was also appointed to serve on the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Maine Unemployment System in 2013. She was appointed by the Maine Legislature in 2007 to participate in redrafting the definition of disability in the Maine Human Rights Act. In 2015, Kristin was appointed by the Maine Legislature to a Task Force to Ensure Integrity in the Use of Service Animals where she served in the role of attorney with experience in state and federal law governing service animals. Kristin is a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association, the Maine Employment Lawyers Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association. She is a graduate of Boston College and University of Maine School of Law. She and her husband, Walt McKee, also an attorney, have two daughters.