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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
Alicia F. Curtis, lawyer at Berman & Simmons
Appellate Rule 2A(d) now allows parties to order transcripts for an appeal through an online order form. Previously, the online order form could only be used to order transcripts for a party’s own reference. The online order form can be found at http://www.courts.maine.gov/maine_courts/transcription/ordering_transcripts.html . The Advisory Note to the revised Rule 2A(d) makes it clear that the Judicial Branch prefers use of the online form, as it makes the process of ordering and producing the... More
Daniel Kagan, Berman & Simmons
Berman & Simmons is proud to recognize the national leadership of one of its attorneys, Daniel Kagan , as he celebrates his 20th year as a governor for the American Association for Justice (AAJ) , the preeminent national organization for trial lawyers. “It is such an honor to serve the cause of civil justice through AAJ leadership,” Kagan said. “I have seen first-hand that Maine’s trial lawyers are among the country’s best, advocating with wisdom,... More
Alicia F. Curtis, lawyer at Berman & Simmons
Effective February 14, Maine Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b) has been amended to clarify that any party may record a deposition by any means, provided the recording does not disrupt or impede the deposition process. A party may record the deposition by videotape, after giving written notice to every other party. The rule does not specify how much notice should be given, for instance a day or a week. As the Advisory Note points out,... More
Berman & Simmons, the leading personal injury and medical malpractice law firm in Maine, will donate $2,500 this year to Tree Street Youth, a non-profit organization that supports disadvantaged young people in Lewiston-Auburn. Located at 144 Howe St. in Lewiston, Tree Street Youth has a high school graduation rate of 100 percent as well as a college acceptance rate of 95 percent. They have served more than 800 kids speaking 14 different languages since its... More
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