LEWISTON, Maine, Jan. 6, 2017 – Benjamin Gideon of Freeport, a lawyer at the Berman & Simmons law firm, has been appointed to the Professional Ethics Commission of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar.
Established in 1978, The Board of Overseers of the Bar regulates the conduct of lawyers by enforcing the Maine Bar Rules and the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct adopted by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The board is responsible for receiving and investigating grievance complaints against attorneys licensed in Maine.
Gideon’s four-year term on the board’s Professional Ethics Commission began Jan. 1, and continues through 2020. Gideon was appointed to the Board of Overseers of the Bar in 2014 and continues to serve as one of six lawyers on the board, which also includes three non-lawyer members who are recommended by the governor.
A Portland native, Gideon is a graduate of Cornell University and Yale Law School. He represents plaintiffs in a broad range of case types including medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, and other complex civil litigation matters.
Before joining Berman & Simmons in 2003, Gideon practiced law at the New York City office of Latham & Watkins LLP, representing clients in securities fraud, qui tam, whistleblower, Medicare fraud, and intellectual property cases. Prior to that he served as Political Director to Congressman Tom Allen during his successful primary campaign for U.S. Congress.
Gideon is a frequent speaker on courtroom and trial strategy at conferences in Maine and across the country, and has published numerous articles on these subjects.