Benjamin R. Gideon, trial lawyer and partner at Berman & Simmons
Benjamin R. Gideon, trial lawyer and partner at Berman & Simmons
Benjamin R. Gideon, trial lawyer and partner at Berman & Simmons

Benjamin R. Gideon

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Cornell University, 1993

Yale Law School, 1999

Attorney Benjamin Gideon is trusted by his clients to handle some of the most complex, high-profile legal battles in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and elsewhere in New England and the nation.

Many of Ben’s cases involve people who were seriously injured or killed because of negligence within large corporations. He is motivated to hold negligent corporations accountable, and to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.

Whether it’s a case against the U.S. Government, a ski resort that fails to properly maintain its equipment, a multinational communications company that does not protect utility workers, the owners of the cargo ship El Faro, or a negligent healthcare organization, Ben is not afraid to take on and defeat the most powerful defendants. He has achieved remarkable results for his clients, including a $22.5 million jury verdict that was one of the top 100 verdicts nationwide.

Since joining Berman & Simmons in 2003, Ben has developed expertise across a broad range of case types, including personal injury, medical malpractice, civil rights, products liability, nursing home, and other complex civil litigation matters. Ben is a fierce competitor who thrives under pressure and enjoys the role of standing up for everyday people who have been wronged.

“We go to extraordinary lengths to make sure our clients have the best chance to win,” Ben says. “When it comes to preparation, we are going to do more, and we are going to do it better, than anyone else involved in the case.”

Ben is a Maine native. Following college, he served as Political Director to Congressman Tom Allen during his successful primary campaign for U.S. Congress. Prior to joining Berman & Simmons, Ben practiced law at the New York City office of Latham & Watkins LLP, representing clients in securities fraud, qui tam, whistleblower, Medicare fraud, and intellectual property cases.

Ben is a frequent speaker on court room and trial strategy at conferences in Maine and across the country, and has published numerous articles on these subjects.

Memberships and Distinctions

  • Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, Professional Ethics Commission
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
    • AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Group        
  • Attorney Information Exchange Group
  • American Bar Association
  • Governor, Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Police Accountability Project


  • America's Top 100 Attorneys  Listed in Maine for Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, and Products Liability, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America ― Listed for Civil Rights, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, and Product Liability, 2013–present; “Lawyer of the Year,” 2016–present
  • Super Lawyers  ― “Super Lawyer,” 2013–present; “Rising Star,” 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell ― Top Rated “AV Preeminent”                             
  • Chambers & Partners USA ― Listed for Litigation: Medical Malpractice & Insurance and Mainly Plaintiff
  • Benchmark Litigation ― “Litigation Star”           
  • AVVO — Rated 10.0 out of 10

Published Articles and Select Presentations

  • Civil Procedures and Evidence, Legal Year in Review Seminar, Maine State Bar Association, 2017
  • The Power of Visual Communication: Don’t Just Tell the Story — Show the Story, Maine State Bar Association, 2017 
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Attorney Ben Gideon discusses a ladder case in which a young student suffered a catastrophic injury while working a summer job.
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Attorney Ben Gideon discusses a carbon monoxide poisoning case that resulted in severe brain damage and the untimely death of his client.
Admitted to Bars: 
  • Maine (2003)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine (2010)
  • Vermont (2016)
  • New Hampshire (2010)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (2002)
  • New York (2000)

Clerkship / Academics

  • Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, Honorable Kermit V. Lipez, 1999–2000
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Maine School of Law, Fall 2006–2009


New England Super Lawyers has named ten Berman & Simmons attorneys to its 2018 directory, a Thomson Reuters publication which recognizes the top five percent of lawyers for individual excellence in their practice areas.


November 1, 2018 -- Berman & Simmons, the top ranked law firm in Maine for representation of plaintiffs in civil cases, is pleased to announce that six...

Law Articles

Benjamin R. Gideon, trial lawyer and partner at Berman & Simmons

In February 2014, after more than four and a half years of litigation and a three-week jury trial, a jury in Chittenden County, Vermont (Burlington) returned the second highest jury verdict in the history of that state. The jury awarded...

Benjamin R. Gideon, trial lawyer and partner at Berman & Simmons

When it is pursued intelligently from the outset, a claim for punitive damages can enhance the value of the right products liability case. Attorneys should understand the issues and challenges that are unique to punitive damages in the products...

Important Cases

Maine Superior Court. Bangor, ME. $1.785 million jury verdict against a hospital and a primary care physician, on behalf of a 71-year-old man who suffered bacterial infection in his heart after a failure of his...

Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont. $22.5 million jury verdict on behalf of electrical utility lineman who suffered bilateral, below-the-knee amputations resulting from high-voltage electrical operations.  The verdict followed a three-...


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Berman & Simmons has the experience, expertise, and resources to win your case

Berman & Simmons is the leading personal injury and medical malpractice law firm in Maine. For more than 100 years, our trial attorneys have represented those who have been injured or harmed by the actions of others. These personal injury cases range from car and truck accidents to the most complex litigation involving defective products and malpractice by healthcare providers. We are known as the firm that will stand up and fight for injured Mainers in disputes against big corporations and powerful interests.