PORTLAND, Maine, May 2, 2014 – Attorney Jack Simmons, one of the most highly respected trial lawyers in Maine history, received the Justice Louis Scolnik Award this week from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine.
The award has been presented annually since 1989 to a member of the legal community in Maine who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights.
“In a legal career spanning 50 years, Jack has distinguished himself as a passionate advocate for the rights of the accused, fighting for Miranda Rights, the presumption of innocence and equal protection under the law,” the ACLU of Maine said in a statement. “Beyond the courtroom, Jack is a respected and persuasive advocate for civil liberties, often using his legal knowledge to stand up for privacy, LGBT rights and criminal justice reform.”
Leaders of the ACLU of Maine presented Simmons with the Scolnik Award at a dinner on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. In attendance were Simmons’ family, friends and dozens of colleagues within the legal community.
Simmons joined Benjamin Berman’s law firm in Lewiston in 1964. after graduating from Boston University Law School. Simmons built a thriving practice in both criminal and civil law. The firm, which is now Berman & Simmons, evolved into the statewide leader in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, and other plaintiffs’ cases. Within the firm, Simmons instilled an attitude of fearlessness when representing the working people of Maine, even against the most powerful defendants.
Simmons remains of counsel with Berman & Simmons, but is no longer actively trying cases. In addition to his work, he has been engaged in a variety of community service organizations, and has served in leadership positions on numerous boards and committees related to the oversight of Maine’s legal system. He has published numerous articles about various aspects of trial law and is the lead author of the definitive text on the law relevant to recovery for civil wrongs, Maine Tort Law. Simmons and his wife, Margo, live in Falmouth.
To read the ACLU of Maine statement on Jack Simmons,click here.
Berman & Simmons, P.A. is a sixteen-attorney firm with offices in Portland, Lewiston, and Bangor, Maine. The firm has represented the people of Maine in all types of plaintiff’s cases for 100 years. Berman & Simmons has been listed under all litigation headings inBest Lawyers in Americasince its first publication and has been cited inChambers USAas “the best plaintiffs’ personal injury and medical malpractice firm in Maine.”