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Berman & Simmons attorneys Benjamin Gideon and Travis Brennan were featured presenters at an educational program for lawyers held by the Maine State Bar Association. “Trial Masters: Breakthroughs, Insights and Strategic Thinking In Trial Practice” was held in Freeport on Oct. 17. Lawyers who attended the daylong program earned credits from the MSBA’s Continuing Legal Education Program. Attorney Gideon was also the organizer of the event. He recruited leading trial attroneys and judges from around... More
Berman & Simmons, the leading personal injury and medical malpractice law firm in Maine, donated $2,500 and was a champion sponsor of a fundraising event for the Robbie Foundation. The fifth annual " No Limits Run, Walk, and Roll" 5K was held on Sunday, Sept. 24, at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The event is a major fundraiser for the Robbie Foundation , a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise funds to provide adaptive equipment,... More
MaineBiz, the leading source in Maine for business news, published an article on Oct. 12 about the renovation of Berman & Simmons’ headquarters in downtown Lewiston. The article written by Laurie Schreiber was titled “Century-old law firm joins Lewiston’s revitalization push.” Here’s an excerpt: Berman & Simmons, a law firm that specializes in personal injury and medical malpractice, is renovating the historic building in downtown Lewiston that has served as the firm's headquarters for over... More
Alicia F. Curtis, lawyer at Berman & Simmons
On September 1, 2017, new, re-styled Appellate Rules of Procedure went into effect. The changes are intended to modernize the language of the rules, and make them easier for judges, lawyers, and the general public to understand and apply. Long paragraphs addressing multiple topics have been broken up into separate sub-paragraphs, with each sub-paragraph addressing a discrete rule, direction, or order. Relevant substantive changes to the Appellate Rules are summarized below: When filing a Notice... More
LEWISTON, Maine , Aug. 31, 2017 – Berman & Simmons, the top ranked law firm in Maine for representation of plaintiffs in civil cases, announced today that six of its attorneys have been selected for the Best Lawyers in America® 2018 directory. In addition, attorney Benjamin Gideon was named a Maine “Lawyer of the Year” for personal injury litigation for plaintiffs; and attorney Jodi Nofsinger was named a Maine “Lawyer of the Year” for medical... More
James O'Connell, Berman & Simmons
Trial lawyer James O’Connell of the Berman & Simmons law firm won two significant jury verdicts for his clients in Maine courts earlier this year, as well as a jury-waived trial. All three were cases in which insurance companies refused to offer fair compensation to victims of accidents. In the first case, O’Connell represented Loriann Rumley of Wilton, Maine. On Oct. 4, 2013, Rumley was driving on Essex Avenue in the town of Rumford when... More
The settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit in connection with a fatal hayride crash in 2014 was reported by media outlets throughout Maine and around the nation last week. The news stories highlighted the establishment of the ShineonCass Foundation , a charitable organization created by the victim’s family. Cassidy Charette , 17, was an honor student and standout athlete at Messalonskee High School in Oakland, Maine. On Oct. 11, 2014, she and some friends went... More
AUGUSTA, Maine , August 9, 2017 — The family of Cassidy Charette, the central Maine teenager killed in a haunted hayride crash in October 2014, has settled its lawsuit against the farm owner who operated the attraction. Attorney Jodi Nofsinger of Berman & Simmons announced today that the wrongful death lawsuit against Harvest Hill Farm, former farm owner Peter Bolduc Jr., hayride driver David Brown, and mechanic Philip Theberge has been settled. “This case has... More
Jodi Nofsinger, Berman & Simmons
Attorney Jodi Nofsinger of Berman & Simmons was featured in the June edition of Trial Magazine, the national magazine of the American Association for Justice. The edition focused on issues of diversity in the law. Nofsinger wrote a powerful and heartfelt essay about her path to becoming a lawyer, and how her decision in 1990 to come out as a gay woman — at a time when such a decision carried even more personal and... More
Susan Faunce, Berman & Simmons
LEWISTON, Maine , July 10, 2017 — Washington D.C.-based American Association for Justice (AAJ) has appointed attorney Susan Faunce of Berman & Simmons to serve as state delegate for Maine. Faunce will serve a three-year term. The announcement was made by attorney Daniel Kagan, also of Berman & Simmons, Maine’s senior governor for the AAJ. “I’m honored and excited to serve as a state delegate to the AAJ,” Faunce said. “As trial lawyers, we are... More
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