Mr. Soltan is the Managing Member of Soltan Bass, LLC formed in the fall of 2014. Previously he was a solo practitioner from late 2002 and previously a partner in the law firm of Verrill & Dana, LLP, having been the lead attorney for its legislative practice as well as manager of its Augusta office. He is a 1980 graduate of Indiana University, taught high school social studies in Maine at Skowhegan Area High School from 1980 through 1984, and received his law degree magna cum laude in 1987 from Vermont Law School. He is a member of the American, Maine and Kennebec County Bar Associations.
Mr. Soltan has served over 25 years as a Director of Legal Services for the Elderly, Inc., previously serving as Chair and currently serves as Vice-Chair, was appointed by Governors Baldacci and LePage to the Maine Children’s Trust where he serves as Chair and Counsel, was previously a Director of the Center for Educational Services, and past Chair of the Legislative Task Force of the Justice Action Group, a group of private attorneys and members of the Judicial and Legislative branches dedicated to increasing access to justice for all Mainers. In January 2013, he was awarded the legal profession’s highest honor in Maine, the Howard H. Dana, Jr. Award, which recognizes an individual's outstanding contributions to the development and implementation of private bar projects which enhance civil legal assistance to the indigent, and for outstanding service in the advancement of the Maine Bar Foundation's goals. He is also an active member of the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission, having been appointed by Governors Baldacci and LePage to represent the insurance industry on the Commission and was appointed by Governor John R. McKernan, Jr. in 1991 to the Commission to Study the Maine Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Mr. Soltan is active in community affairs as well. He was a long-term member of the Winthrop Facilities Committee that stewarded the building of Winthrop’s high school, and renovation and building projects at Winthrop’s middle and elementary schools. He was an active participant in the youth sport and scouting activities in town as well as other community projects over the years. He and his wife of 34 years currently enjoy the challenges of parenting two active young adults.
James Bass was born in Belfast and raised in Portland. He graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in 2002 and earned his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law in 2006.
Mr. Bass joined the U.S. Army upon graduation from law school and practiced law as a Judge Advocate in the JAG Corps for nearly six years. He was stationed at Fort Sill, OK and Washington, DC. In 2011, he deployed to Afghanistan as a legal advisor with a joint special operations task force. He is a recipient of both the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. After leaving active duty, Mr. Bass joined the Maine Army National Guard where he currently holds the rank of Major.
Mr. Bass comes to the practice after two years at Pine State Trading Co., New England’s leader in the marketing and distribution of convenience and beverage products, where he was a Senior Project Manager. During this time, Mr. Bass worked with the Maine Legislature, Executive branch, and regulatory agencies while leading the company’s successful effort in partnering with the State to provide management and oversight of Maine’s wholesale spirits business.
Active in the community, Mr. Bass serves on the boards of the Kennebec Valley YMCA, the Augusta Board of Zoning Appeals and the Augusta Parking District. He is also a member of the Capitol Planning Commission.
Mr. Bass is married and his wife, Ami, is a social worker in the Augusta area.