Julian L. Sweet, trial attorney and partner at Berman & Simmons
Julian L. Sweet, trial attorney and partner at Berman & Simmons
Julian L. Sweet, trial attorney and partner at Berman & Simmons

Julian L. Sweet

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Education: 

Bowdoin College, 1971

Northeastern University School of Law, 1980

Attorney Julian Sweet has earned a reputation as the preeminent attorney in Maine who represents plaintiffs in serious medical malpractice cases. His dominant record of trial victories, including two of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Maine history, places him among the very best lawyers in the nation. For more than three decades, Julian has been one of the driving forces in building Berman & Simmons into the leading firm in Maine for personal injury and medical malpractice law.

Since joining the firm in 1981, Julian has successfully handled personal injury and wrongful death cases, as well as hundreds of medical malpractice cases―involving birth injuries, general surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and internal medicine. In 2001, he received a $9 million verdict in Cumberland County Superior Court, and in 2007, he received an $8 million verdict in Androscoggin County Superior Court. In both cases, Julian represented mothers whose babies suffered permanent disabilities because of negligence during labor.

These landmark cases served notice to powerful healthcare organizations, hospitals, and doctors: When they fail to meet the standards of care, Maine has a law firm with the talent, determination, and resources to hold them accountable.

“Over the past 20 years, we can see that hospitals and practices have put some safeguards and specific changes in place in response to problems we identified,” Julian says. “To me, that shows how important our role is. As healthcare continues to move toward a profit orientation, we must keep checking the power of the medical establishment. When we take a case, we’re fighting for those individual clients, and really for all consumers.”

Before attending law school, Julian worked in the field of social services, fueled by a desire to help the poor and those less fortunate. He pursued a career in law to continue that mission. A native of Connecticut, Julian represents clients from across the state of Maine, and takes pride in representing families from rural areas including Aroostook, Franklin, Piscataquis, Oxford, and Somerset counties.

Memberships and Distinctions

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2004–present   
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 1995–present   
  • Maine State Bar Association, 1981–present   
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association, 1981–present   
  • American Association for Justice, 1990–present    
  • Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys, 2000–present   

Recognitions                                                                                                  

  • The Best Lawyers in America ― Listed for Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice, 1993–present; “Lawyer of the Year,” 2012, 2014
  • Super Lawyers  ― “Super Lawyer,” 2007–present; Top 100 Lawyers in New England, 2008 and 2014
  • 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

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Attorney Julian Sweet discusses a birth injury case won by Berman & Simmons totaling $9 million dollars, the largest medical malpractice verdict ever in Maine.
Admitted to Bars: 
  • Maine (1981)
  • Massachusetts (1980)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine (1981) 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit (1987)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1995)

Clerkship

  • Law Clerk, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Honorable Frances Quirico, 1980–1981

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LEWISTON, Maine, Aug. 31, 2017 –  Berman & Simmons, the top ranked law firm in Maine for representation of plaintiffs in civil cases,...

LEWISTON, Maine, June 6, 2017 – Berman & Simmons has once again been ranked as the best law firm in Maine for representing plaintiffs in personal...

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Julian L. Sweet, trial attorney and partner at Berman & Simmons

Medical malpractice cases in Maine can be costly and difficult. They involve complex medical issues, require expensive expert witnesses, are subject to the pre-litigation screening panel system, and are fiercely defended...

Julian L. Sweet, trial attorney and partner at Berman & Simmons

Since 1985, Maine’s Health Security Act (“HSA”) has prescribed a shortened limitations period for medical malpractice cases— three years for claims by adults and six years or three years...

Important Cases

Portland, Cumberland County, Maine. Due to defendant's negligence, plaintiffs' daughter was born with cerebral palsy and brain damage. After a prolonged labor, plaintiff requested to have a C-section but her doctor urged her to "...

Androscoggin Superior Court. Jury verdict obtained for a mother and child for medical care, lost earnings, lost enjoyment of life against local hospital and certified nurse midwife.  The child suffered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy as a...

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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.