Chambers & Partners USA
Berman & Simmons, a state-wide plaintiffs’ trial firm, earned the highest of rankings in Chambers & Partners USA, a leading guide to America’s law firms and attorneys. Berman & Simmons was praised for being, “highly regarded across the state for its first-class plaintiff representation in civil litigation” and “the best plaintiffs’ personal injury and medical malpractice firm in Maine.”
Six attorneys were also individually recognized by Chambers & Partners USA. Jack Simmons, ranked as a Senior Statesman, was recognized for achieving “legendary status.” William Robitzek, ranked in band 1, was described as a top-notch trial lawyer. Steven Silin, ranked in band 1, was commended for “developing strong relationships with his clients and being very good in court.” Julian Sweet, ranked in band 1, was described as being “smart, hard-working and really understanding the medicine in medical malpractice cases.” Jodi Nofsinger was praised as “fast becoming recognized as one of the best in the state.” Benjamin Gideon was recognized for attracting an ever-greater volume of work and carving out a niche in nursing home malpractice and civil rights disputes.
Rankings are based on thousands of client and lawyer interviews, with greater weight given to client interviews, conducted by Chambers’ researchers. Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands 1-6, 1 being the best.
Jack H. Simmons has been an active trial lawyer since his admission to the bar in 1964. He has tried numerous complex medical malpractice cases, various tort cases, and significant criminal cases. Mr. Simmons has been listed in The Best Lawyer in America for Litigation in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Business, and Criminal and is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a former member and chairperson on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence and Rules of Civil Procedure.
William D. Robitzek has established himself as one of Maine’s top trial lawyers. His practice spans the areas of personal injury, professional malpractice, and complex litigation. Mr. Robitzek is listed in Best Lawyers inAmerica for Business litigation and Personal Injury litigation and is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Robitzek is a frequent lecturer on the law and serves as an Adjunct Professor at University of Maine School of Law, where he teaches on the subject of trial practice.
Steven D. Silin specializes in claims involving catastrophic injury and medical malpractice, and has obtained some of the highest jury verdicts in Mainehistory. He was recently named “Maine’s Personal Injury Litigator of the Year” for 2009 by Best Lawyers in America, where he is listed for Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice litigation. Mr. Silin has been a Fellow of the AmericanCollege of Trial Lawyers since 2002. He is a Past President of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Julian L. Sweet specializes in complex medical malpractice cases. In 2001, Mr. Sweet obtained the largest verdict in Maine history for a medical malpractice plaintiff of $9 million. More recently, he obtained a $7.9 million verdict in a malpractice case involving birth injury. He was recently recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers by New England Super Lawyers—the only plaintiff’s lawyer in Maine to receive this honor. Mr. Sweet is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice litigation. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2004 and is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Jodi L. Nofsinger specializes in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. She has successfully handled a variety of personal injury and medical malpractice cases through trial in most counties in Maine. Ms. Nofsinger has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for medical malpractice and is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She serves on the Board of Governors of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine School of Law, for Trial Advocacy.
Benjamin R. Gideon represents injured persons throughout Maine in cases involving personal injury, products liability, nursing home litigation, and civil rights. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Yale Law School. He is a member of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the American Bar Association. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine School of Law. He is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Julian L. Sweet will be speaking on medical malpractice issues at the annual meeting of the New England Orthopedic Society in Woodstock, Vermont in June.
Jodi L. Nofsinger is now serving on the Board of Directors of the Maine Civil Liberties Union.