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EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018: Changes to multiple civil rules require represented parties to serve pleadings and other papers electronically. Every pleading and motion signed by an attorney must include an email address in the signature block; Attorneys are expected to look at the signature block of pleadings filed by opposing counsel, to ascertain the correct email address for electronic service; The documents to be served must be e-mailed as a PDF attachment; The rule changes... More
“Attorney Travis Brennan was appointed by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to the Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure. The committee is tasked with reviewing the Civil Rules and considering proposed changes to the Rules. Brennan works in the Lewiston office of Berman & Simmons, representing clients in claims involving medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death and defective products, and he has experience litigating in state and federal court. He is a graduate of... More
(Lewiston, ME – September 20, 2018) -- Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) has opened a new Lewiston office as part of an effort to serve more immigrants throughout the State of Maine in their communities. Founded in 1993, ILAP provides legal information and services to low-income immigrants seeking to gain protection from persecution and domestic violence, keep their families together, gain work permits or ‘green cards,’ or become proud U.S citizens. ILAP also advocates for... More
Berman & Simmons, the leading personal injury and medical malpractice law firm in Maine, was a champion sponsor of a fundraising event for the Robbie Foundation. The sixth annual " No Limits Run, Walk, and Roll" 5K was held on Sunday, Sept. 23 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, therapy services, and... More
Berman & Simmons, the leading personal injury and medical malpractice law firm in Maine, helped raise over $6,000 for the 2018 Trek Across Maine , a three-day cycling event that benefits the American Lung Association (ALA). The Berman & Simmons team, pictured above, began the ride on June 15 th at Sunday River and finished on June 17 th in Belfast, ME. The 180-mile tour takes riders through Farmington and Colby College in Waterville. All... More
Alicia F. Curtis, lawyer at Berman & Simmons
The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) , Maine’s only statewide provider of free and low-cost legal assistance to immigrants and refugees, honored Berman & Simmons and attorney Alicia Curtis for pro bono work on behalf of Maine’s immigrants and refugees. Attorney Curtis recently represented a woman from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who had raised her grandchildren as her own, until the family was separated by war in 2004. After searching for six years... More
Dov Saks, lawyer at Berman & Simmons
Berman & Simmons attorney Dov Sacks has successfully applied his expert knowledge of maritime law to achieve a significant settlement on behalf of his client who was severely injured while working at sea. Sacks was the lead attorney representing a maritime worker who was hurt while working for a fishery when his dominant hand was pulled into an unguarded winch. He lost two fingers, and with them, his chance to earn a meaningful livelihood at... More
The lawyers from Berman & Simmons were key participants in the Annual Meeting and Spring Seminar of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. The March 23 rd event took place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport. More than 100 of Maine’s attorneys were present. Michael Bigos was named as President of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association at this year’s event. “2018 is an important election year for pro-civil justice candidates in Maine and the U.S.,”... More
Attorney Michael Bigos was recently named President of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. As an accomplished trial attorney and former legislative staffer, Michael is excited to promote the cause of civil justice in capitols and courtrooms during his term. “2018 is an important election year for pro-civil justice candidates in Maine and the U.S.,” says Michael. He will also prioritize civility in legal practice, and the highest quality legal education to meet the mission of... More
Alicia F. Curtis, lawyer at Berman & Simmons
The Local Rules Advisory Committee proposes a few minor changes to the Maine federal district court’s Local Rules. The changes primarily affect the procedure under Local Rule 26 to request a hearing when parties are unable to resolve a discovery dispute themselves. Under the new rule, parties must confer about the exact discovery materials to be submitted with the request for a hearing. The request itself would be submitted electronically using a form provided by... More
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