Harvard Law School
J.D. | 1975

Lehigh University
B.A., with Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa | 1972


  • U.S. Tax Court | 1979
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals | 1976
  • Maine | 1975
  • U.S. District, District of Maine | 1975


Phil Hunt is of counsel to Perkins Thompson.  A 1975 graduate of the Harvard Law School, Phil joined Perkins Thompson on a full-time basis in 1980 following the completion of his military service with the United States Air Force. Mr. Hunt’s principal areas of practice are in estate planning and probate administration, elder law, federal and state tax law, and business transactions planning for small businesses, including sales and purchases of businesses and commercial properties.

Mr. Hunt has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 1999 and for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers (2010-2014), in the fields of Estate Planning & Probate. He is AV Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by Martindale-Hubbell.


Publications / Seminars

  • Blog, Maine Taxes, Wills & Estate Planning
  • A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Maine (2012)
  • Presenter, Seminar on Advanced Probate (2008)
  • Adjunct Faculty Professor, Estate Planning at the University of Maine School of Law (2007 – 2019)
  • Author, Maine Probate Law
  • Co-Author of Maine Probate Procedure
  • Author, Maine Code Comments for Part IV of the Uniform Trust Code
  • Presenter, Seminar on Counseling the Elder Client (2006)
  • Presenter, Seminar on Probate Administration (2005)
  • Presenter, Seminar on Partnership and LLC Taxation (2007)
  • Presenter, Seminar on Estate Planning and Administration (2006)
  • Presenter, Seminar on the Uniform Trust Code for the Maine Bar Association (2005)
  • Presenter of various programs on Charitable Giving, Advanced Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning and Elder Law


  • Fellow, American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel
  • Past Chair, Uniform Trust Code Sub-Committee of Maine State Bar Association
  • Fellow, Maine Bar Foundation

Service / Achievements

Mr. Hunt has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Maine Law School teaching the subject of Estate Planning (2007 – Present). He is currently serving on a Maine State Bar Association Committee to update the Maine Probate Code.

Mr. Hunt has given 20 years of service to the Town of Cumberland, including 12 years membership and chairmanship of the Cumberland Planning Board; member of the Board of Zoning Appeals, the School Building Committee, the School Facilities and Enrollment Committee, and the Growth Management Committee.

Mr. Hunt has negotiated settlement of many tax collection cases with the IRS for the VLP Tax Assistance Project.

In 2008, Mr. Hunt received a Volunteer Service Award from the Maine Board of Bar Overseers for service as an expert witness before the Grievance Commission and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Mr. Hunt is a member of the Maine Medical Center Planned Giving Committee and has been actively involved with the North Yarmouth Lions Club (King Lion 2004, Secretary 2000-2003 and 2005-2010, Organizer, Enterprise Development Fund to award micro-capital grants to young people interested in starting a business, Scholarship Fund to award scholarships to college students).