Berman & Simmons lawyer appointed to Board of Overseers

PORTLAND, Maine, Feb. 4, 2014 – The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has appointed attorney Benjamin Gideon of Berman & Simmons to the Board of Overseers of the Bar, an independent agency that governs the conduct of lawyers in Maine.

Gideon will serve as one of six lawyers on the board, which also includes three non-lawyer members who are recommended by the governor. Gideon was appointed for a three-year term. A Portland native who lives with his family in Freeport, Gideon is a graduate of Cornell University and Yale Law School. He is a partner at Berman & Simmons, a statewide firm with offices in Portland, Lewiston, and Bangor. Gideon represents plaintiffs in medical malpractice, personal injury, civil rights, and other complex civil litigation matters.

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.