BERMAN & SIMMONS EARNS TOP RANKINGS BY BEST LAWYERS

US News & World Report and Best Lawyers

Berman & Simmons, Maine’s pre-eminent plaintiffs’ trial firm, has been named by US News & World Report and Best Lawyers as a national first-tier firm in the areas of personal injury litigation, medical malpractice law, product liability litigation, general commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense.

Additionally, seven attorneys at Berman & Simmons have been individually selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers. Jack H. Simmonshas been named for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, and Product Liability;John E. Sedgewick for Product Liability; William D. Robitzek for Bet-the Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Personal Injury; Julian L. Sweet for Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury; Steven Silin for Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury; Jodi L. Nofsinger for Medical Malpractice; and Paul F. Macri for Appellate Law.

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.

John E. Sedgewick has been the managing director at Berman & Simmons since 1988.
Mr. Sedgewick’s practice focuses on cases involving his expertise regarding automobile accident reconstruction, product design and defect arguments, and construction site safety. He is a member of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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 in America 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.

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.

Steven D. Silin specializes in claims involving catastrophic injury and medical malpractice, and has obtained some of the highest jury verdicts in Maine history. 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 American College of Trial Lawyers since 2002. He is a Past President of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association 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 Adjust Professor at the University of Maine School of Law, for Trial Advocacy.

Paul F. Macri is one of the outstanding appellate practitioners in Maine. He has briefed and argued nearly 150 cases before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and has established important precedents for plaintiffs and on insurance coverage, among other areas of law. In 2005, Mr. Macri was unanimously elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a group whose national membership is limited to 250 lawyers. He is one of only four Maine members of the Academy. Mr. Macri has also been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for appeals since that category was created in 2007, and he is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.