Attorney Alicia Curtis concentrates her work on complex motion practice, appeals, and insurance coverage disputes. She joined Berman & Simmons in 2009 and works closely with other lawyers at the firm who focus on personal injury matters. Alicia is highly respected throughout Maine for her research and legal writing skills on difficult cases.
Throughout her career, Alicia has advocated for those whose voices are often not heard. After earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston University, she spent a number of years working to help the homeless and persons with severe mental illness. Alicia chose to pursue a legal career to become a more effective advocate. She is motivated to seek justice and fair compensation for people who have been wronged, often by insurance companies or large corporations.
“At the end of the day, the cases I feel best about are those where clients win fair compensation that helps them rebuild their lives after injury, or meet real needs like housing or healthcare,” Alicia says. “It is a victory when a client sees that even ‘the little person’ can get justice, and that people have listened to them and believed in their case.”
Alicia studied at Reed College, where she was recognized with a Commendation for Academic Excellence. She earned her law degree from the University of Maine School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude and was ranked second in her class. She was also awarded the Faculty Significant Achievement Award at graduation.
Numerous awards and achievements speak to Alicia’s interest in legal analysis and written advocacy. At Maine Law, she won the Hon. Daniel E. Wathen First-Year Legal Writing Prize, and was selected to be a Legal Writing Instructor, as well as an intern in the Appellate Division of the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maine. In addition to serving as an Articles Editor on the Maine Law Review, Alicia was chosen as Head Articles Editor for a special symposium issue on the difference between French and American perspectives towards international law. She has also authored numerous articles, and is the co-author of a book chapter on dispositive motions.
Alicia does pro bono representation for people seeking asylum in Maine through the non-profit Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project.
- Camden Nat’l Bank v. Weintraub, 2016 ME 101, __ A.3d __
- Kenney v. Hillhouse, 2011 Me. Super. LEXIS 7, (Me. Super. Ct. Jan. 26, 2011)
- Hemond v. Frontier Communications of America, 59 A.3d 766 (Vt. 2012)
- Vt. Mut. Ins. Co. v. Francoeur, 2015 Me. Super. LEXIS 155 (Me. Super. Ct. Aug. 25, 2015)
Memberships and Distinctions
- Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, 2015–present
- American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2009–present
- AAJ Insurance Law Section, 2016–present
- Maine State Bar Association (MSBA), 2006–present
- MSBA Women’s Law Section, 2006–present; Treasurer, 2016–present
- MSBA Health Law Section, 2008–present
- MSBA Insurance Practice Section, 2016–present
- Editorial Board of the Maine Bar Journal, 2008–2012
- University of Maine School of Law
- Selected as legal writing instructor
- Intern in the Appellate Division of the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maine
- Hon. Daniel E. Wathen First-Year Legal Writing Prize
- Recipient of the Faculty Significant Achievement Award
- Super Lawyers ― “Rising Star,” 2011–present
Published Articles and Select Presentations
- Civil Procedures and Evidence, Legal Year in Review Seminar, Maine State Bar Association, 2017
- Notable Law Cases in 2016, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Winter 2017
- Enough Already? Evidence Necessary to Prove Causation in a Personal Injury Case, Maine Trial Lawyers Association Fall Seminar, November 2016
- Proving Negligence in the Face of the Defendant's Compliance with Government Regulations or Industry Standards, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Summer 2016
- Alicia F. Curtis & Benjamin R. Gideon, Dispositive Motions, in A Practical Guide to Maine Superior Court Practice 6-1, (Hon. Thomas E. Humphrey, et al. eds., 2015)
- Retaining Evidence in a Product Liability Case, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Spring 2014
- Developments in Tort Law 2012: Three Significant Cases for the Plaintiff’s Bar, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Spring 2013
- Alicia F. Curtis, Punitive Damages in Products Liability Cases: The Need for a New Standard, 26 Me. Bar J. 194 (2011)
- Punitive Damages in a Products Liability Case, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Summer 2011
- Developing the Electrical Injury Case, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Fall 2010
- The National Trend Towards Recognizing the Claim of Negligent Credentialing: Where Do Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont Stand?, Tri-State Defense Lawyer’s Association Newsletter (T.D.L.A. Portland, Me.), Winter 2008
- Alicia F. Curtis, The Reasonable Value of Medical Services: The Amount Paid, The Amount Billed, Or the Jury’s Choice?, 23 Me. Bar J. 78 (2008)
- Alicia F. Curtis, Pooled Supplemental Needs Trusts: Keeping the Wolf from the Door of Elderly and Disabled Mainers, 21 Me. Bar J. 28 (2006)