New England Super Lawyers recognizes 12 Berman & Simmons attorneys

LEWISTON, Maine, Oct. 17, 2014 – New England Super Lawyers, an exclusive listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, has selected attorneys Craig Bramley, Benjamin Gideon, Daniel Kagan, Jodi Nofsinger, John Sedgewick, Steven Silin, Jack Simmons, andJulian Sweet for their accomplishments on plaintiffs’ personal injury and medical malpractice matters. Gideon and Kagan were also recognized for their work on cases involving defective products. Attorney William Robitzek was selected for his accomplishments on plaintiffs’ personal injury matters and general litigation. Travis Brennan, Alicia Curtis, and Susan Faunce were recognized as Rising Stars.

Craig Bramley utilizes his strong skills in medical and legal research, writing, and persuasion to develop and present cases from beginning to end. Craig is able to identify and build difficult cases in areas including medical malpractice, construction accidents, and disability insurance, including cases turned down by other firms. Craig’s strong legal writing and employment of the latest technology have allowed Berman & Simmons to present these cases in an aggressive and effective manner.

Benjamin Gideon is a partner specializing in representing persons in medical malpractice, personal injury, civil rights, products liability, nursing home, contingent-fee commercial disputes, and other complex civil litigation matters. Ben has a statewide practice and has successfully tried numerous cases in Maine’s state and federal courts and the courts of other states.

Daniel Kagan is actively involved in all aspects of the firm’s statewide practice with a special emphasis in serious personal injury and products liability. He is one of several Berman & Simmons lawyers who have achieved jury trial verdicts in excess of $1 million. Dan is a frequent speaker on tort law and trial advocacy at legal education seminars and has authored legal articles on many subjects.

Jodi 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. Jodi 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.

William Robitzek has established a formidable reputation as a trial lawyer throughout Maine. Over the course of his career, his cases have broken new ground in promoting the causes of the injured whether for physical or economic injuries. His practice spans the areas of personal injury, professional malpractice, and complex litigation. He is well known in his role as a teacher and frequent speaker in litigation-related seminars.

John Sedgewick was the managing director at Berman & Simmons from 1988 to 2014. His practice focuses on cases involving his expertise regarding automobile accident reconstruction, product design and defect arguments, and construction site safety.

Steven Silin specializes in claims involving serious personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability. He has successfully resolved hundreds of cases and obtained some of the largest jury verdicts in Maine. Steve was the chairperson of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure from 2005 through 2008, and has been a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers since 2002. He is one of the founding directors of the Maine College of Trial Advocacy and a Past President of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association.

Jack 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. He is a former member and chairperson on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence and Rules of Civil Procedure.

Julian Sweet specializes in complex medical malpractice cases. In 2001, Julian 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.

Travis Brennan is a results-oriented attorney who uses a diverse skill set to advocate on behalf of his clients. He has strong legal research and writing skills that were honed during his clerkship for Judge Jon D. Levy, a former judge on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Having worked for a number of years as a firefighter and EMT, Travis thinks quickly on his feet and thrives under pressure. His experience as a teacher in Maine and the Marshall Islands, enables Travis to be a clear communicator of complex legal and factual issues.

Alicia Curtis concentrates her practice on medical malpractice, products liability, and nursing home cases. Prior to joining the firm of Berman & Simmons, she worked for three years at a firm in Portland, where her practice concentrated on medical malpractice, products liability, and health law. Alicia has assisted senior attorneys in complex trials throughout the State and has successfully handled cases herself in state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals.

Susan Faunce focuses her practice on personal injury and medical malpractice. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco from 2000-2002 where she taught English and French at a local youth center and women’s center. After her service in the Peace Corps, Susan chose to return to Maine to pursue her legal career.