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Alicia F. Curtis, lawyer at Berman & Simmons
Maine Rule of Civil Procedure 77(c) has been changed effective May 30, 2017. The change is minor, but reflects the move towards unifying the civil and criminal courts. Previously, chiefs of the respective trial courts set hours for the court clerks in each branch. Now, the Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court sets all the clerks’ hours, by administrative order. There are also a few changes proposed for the Maine federal district court... More
LEWISTON, Maine , June 6, 2017 – Berman & Simmons has once again been ranked as the best law firm in Maine for representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases and other civil disputes. The firm was the only one in the state to be ranked in the ‘Litigation: Mainly Plaintiff’ practice area by Chambers, the London-based publisher of global law firm rankings, in its 2017 Chambers USA directory released May 26. Additionally, Chambers selected only... More
Susan Faunce of Berman & Simmons
Berman & Simmons attorney Susan Faunce will participate in a panel discussion for prospective law students on June 2, as part of an innovative summer program run by the University of Maine School of Law . The law school’s Discover Law PLUS Program is a summer immersion program for college undergraduates to learn about the legal profession. The program is designed primarily for students of color, immigrants, low-income students, and students from rural areas, with... More
Jodi Nofsinger of Berman & Simmons
The Berman & Simmons law firm has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Penobscot Community Health Care clinic in Brewer, Maine, claiming the clinic’s negligence contributed to the death of a middle school teacher in 2015. Attorney Jodi Nofsinger filed the lawsuit this month in U.S. District Court in Bangor. Nofsinger represents Christopher Michaud, 43, of Holden. Michaud’s wife, Andrea Michaud, went to the clinic on April 11, 2015, with chest pain and other symptoms... More
PORTLAND, Maine, April 7, 2017 — The Berman & Simmons law firm released a statement today on behalf of Justin Perry of Steep Falls, regarding the indictment of Philip Macri for manslaughter in the death of Perry’s wife. Rebecca Perry, 38, was killed in a car crash in Windham on Dec. 1 . Justin and Rebecca’s daughter, 15-year-old Gretchen Perry, was seriously injured. According to police, Macri had cocaine in his system and was speeding... More
The lawyers from Berman & Simmons once again played key roles in the Annual Meeting and Spring Seminar of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. More than 100 lawyers attended the daylong event on March 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport. Jodi Nofsinger organized the event, along with Celine Boyle of Shaheen & Gordon. Michael Bigos was selected as president-elect for the MTLA. He will serve a one-year term beginning in March 2018. Bigos... More
Berman & Simmons was a proud corporate sponsor of “Fill the Plate Breakfast” benefitting Meals on Wheels of SeniorsPlus . The event was held on Friday March 31 at the Hilton Garden Inn Riverwatch in Auburn. The breakfast featured Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills, and former speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Mark W. Eves, who was honored with the Ikaria Award for singular and outstanding contributions toward improving the lives of older... More
Berman & Simmons is excited to host a reception this week for students, staff, and faculty from the University of Maine School of Law in Portland. The reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at the firm’s office at 85 Exchange St. This social event will provide an opportunity for Maine Law students to learn about the culture and people at Berman & Simmons, as well as the firm’s summer associate... More
Jodi Nofsinger , an attorney at Berman & Simmons, will give a presentation with Nicole Maines and her father, Dr. Wayne Maines, to law students and the public at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland on Friday, March 24. The talk will be held from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. in the law school’s moot courtroom. Nicole Maines has earned a national reputation for fighting for the rights of transgender students in Maine... More
The City of Lewiston is taking steps to improve pedestrian safety in the aftermath of several fatal accidents in recent years, including the death of 13-year-old Jayden Cho-Sargent. Jayden was struck in a crosswalk while walking to school on Nov. 3. A pedestrian safety report, compiled by City Council President Kristen Cloutier, state Sen. Nate Libby, and School Committee Chairwoman Linda Scott, was presented to the City Council this week. The report identifies problem intersections... More