In response to the devastating October mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, many survivors and their families have hired legal representation to seek answers and accountability in the tragedy that resulted in the fatal shooting of 18 people and injury to 13 others.
The Lewiston families have hired four prominent law firms dedicated to representing victims and their families to investigate and shed light on their tragedy. Local Maine firms Berman & Simmons and Gideon Asen are collaborating with National Trial Law and Koskoff, Koskoff, & Bieder PC. National Trial Law represented the survivors of the Sutherland Springs mass shooting, resulting in a $230M verdict for the families. The Koskoff firm represented survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting against the gun manufacturer, Remington, resulting in a $73M settlement.
The collaboration is designed to ensure a comprehensive approach to obtaining accountability, investigating potential claims, and preventing such incidents from occurring in the future. Attorneys are working with numerous clients from both shooting locations, representing those who lost loved ones, those who were injured, and witnesses to the tragic events.
“We recognize the profound impact this tragedy has had on our community, and our primary focus is on supporting the victims and their families who will be processing and mourning the events for a long time. Our coalition is united in seeking answers on their behalf and fixing the system to prevent this from happening again in the future,” said Attorney Travis Brennan of Berman & Simmons.
Acknowledging the importance of a coordinated effort, the legal team has proactively initiated multiple measures, including sending notices to preserve evidence to more than two dozen entities across three states and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to similar entities to acquire additional information on how this tragedy occurred. The families are urging Maine’s Congressional Delegation to request an inquiry by the Inspector General of the U.S. Army to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the mass shooting.
Moreover, the coalition emphasizes the importance of including those directly affected by the tragedy in the Governor’s Commission, allowing them to participate in the fact-finding process. “These families have now become a part of a community they did not choose to be a part of — the community that endured a mass shooting. And their voices deserve to be heard. They are the true stakeholders in this situation, and their insights are invaluable,” Attorney Ben Gideon of Gideon Asen added.
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