Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Gideon joins his Berman & Simmons colleagues, attorneys Steven Silin and Jodi Nofsinger, who have also received this honor.
Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings.
“We congratulate Ben on his induction into the ACTL,” said Berman & Simmons Managing Director Craig Bramley. “It is an honor for him to be included among the country’s finest legal talent and have a role in advancing their mission.”
Attorney Gideon is a partner at Berman & Simmons and has been practicing at the firm for seventeen years. He is a member of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar Professional Ethics Commission, Maine State Bar Association, American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, and the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. He is recognized in several legal publications, including America’s Top 100 Attorneys and he is only the second lawyer in Maine to be invited to join the Inner Circle of Advocates, a national organization of plaintiff attorneys.
A Maine native, Gideon is a graduate of Cornell University and Yale Law School.