LEWISTON, Maine, June 27, 2014 – William Robitzek, one of the most highly regarded trial lawyers in Maine over the past 35 years, announced today that he will conclude his career at Berman & Simmons at the end of 2014.
Robitzek, a partner at the law firm, has practiced at Berman & Simmons since 1979. He has won some of the largest jury verdicts in Maine history, and his cases have consistently broken new ground for the rights of people who have been harmed because of the actions of another individual or company.
While his career as a trial lawyer at Berman & Simmons will come to an end in December, Robitzek is not retiring. Instead, the Auburn resident intends to explore other ways to apply his skills and energy.
“I have decided to move on from the practice of personal injury law at the end of the year and begin a new career,” Robitzek said. “I feel like I have accomplished all that I can in this area of litigation and want to explore my interests outside of that practice. I have not yet determined what I will do, but I am still energetic and intellectually curious. I am not retiring, but rather recognizing that now is the time to find another way to contribute to society.”
“These years have brought me the pleasure of handling challenging and interesting cases in a firm of talented professionals. I am thankful for many years of success and the opportunity to help the people of Maine,” he said.
Robitzek represented clients in more than 200 jury trials. Among his most significant cases, he represented 500 wild blueberry growers in a historic class-action and antitrust lawsuit against three Down East blueberry processors. In 2003, a jury in Knox County awarded $56 million to the plaintiffs after agreeing that the processors conspired to fix prices in the late 1990s. Robitzek also represented small water bottling companies in Maine in a lawsuit against the Hagens Berman law firm, for essentially abandoning the companies in a prior action against the owner of the Poland Spring Water Co. A jury in Portland in 2006 awarded more than $10 million to the plaintiffs.
“Bill is one of the truly great Maine trial lawyers. His intelligence, creativity and fearlessness have been his hallmarks over his 35 years of practice at Berman & Simmons,” said Steven Silin, a fellow partner at the firm and longtime colleague of Robitzek. “In taking on a broad range of difficult cases he has positively impacted the lives of countless Maine people. He has also been a great friend and law partner who will be greatly missed.”
A graduate of the Boston University School of Law, Robitzek has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, and is the immediate past president of the Maine State Bar Association. He is routinely recognized as one of the leading plaintiffs’ lawyers in Maine by many publications including Benchmark, Chambers USA, and SuperLawyers.
Robitzek is known for giving back to his community, and has been an active leader for the Campaign for Justice, which raises money each year for Maine’s six nonprofit legal aid providers.