David J. Backer

David Backer, Chair of the firm’s Trust and Estate Planning Group, limits his practice to trust and estate planning and administration. He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  David serves as Chair of Maine's Probate and Trust Law Advisory Commission, charged with conducting a continuing study of the probate and trust laws in Maine and making recommendations to the Legislature for improvements in Maine's probate and trust laws.  In addition, David has been included in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the category of Trusts and Estates.

David is a frequent speaker to attorneys, accountants and financial professionals on various trust, estate and tax planning topics.  See Recent Professional Presentations, including his most recent 2012 Estate Planning Year in Review.


  • J.D., Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington (1977)
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin (1974) (with high honors Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted in Maine and Indiana

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America for work in Trust and Estate planning
  • Listed in Super Lawyers for Maine and New England in Estate Planning and Probate
  • Member, Maine State Bar Association Committees that reviewed and promoted the adoption of Maine’s versions of the Uniform Principal and Income Act and the Uniform Trust Code.
  • Member, Maine Estate Planning Council
  • Founding Member, WealthCounsel, a national collaborative of trust and estate planning attorneys
  • Former probate court commissioner

Contact David J. Backer

Drummond Woodsum
Trust and Estate Planning Group Chair
84 Marginal Way
Suite 600
Portland, Maine  04101
Phone: 207-772-1941 ext. 529
Fax: 207-772-3627


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Maine

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