Attorney Travis Brennan is a trial attorney who represents clients in claims involving medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, and defective products. He has litigated cases across Maine in both state and federal court. Travis has represented clients with complex medical malpractice claims involving surgical errors, misdiagnosis, and delayed diagnosis, as well as serious personal injury claims involving motor vehicle collisions and dangerous conditions on premises. He recently prevailed in court on behalf of a farmworker who nearly died from working conditions that caused him to develop a core body temperature of 108. The verdict exceeded $729,000.
Travis values the trust that clients place in him to obtain the best possible results in their cases. He has a tireless work ethic, and is relentless in pursuit of obtaining fair and reasonable compensation for people who have been harmed through no fault of their own. To that end, Travis works closely with each of his clients to understand how an incident occurred and the myriad of ways the incident has affected his client’s life. This process enables Travis to develop powerful legal arguments and serve as a strong and passionate advocate for all of his clients.
“To effectively represent my client, it is imperative to understand how an incident―whether it is a collision, a surgical error or a delayed diagnosis―occurred and the impact it has had on my client’s life,” Travis says. “I have found that listening to my client, spending time at their home, visiting the scene of an incident, and conducting research are critical to developing the strongest possible legal case.”
Accustomed to facing formidable opponents with lots of lawyers and resources, Travis uses a diverse skill set to develop sound strategies and identify nuanced legal issues in his cases. Travis’s success is reflected by his “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and his recognition by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star.”
A Maine native, Travis attended Bowdoin College. Prior to his career as a lawyer, Travis worked for many years as a firefighter and EMT. He attended the University of Maine School of Law, where he was an editor on the Ocean & Coastal Law Journal. Following law school, Travis honed his legal research and persuasive writing skills while serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Jon D. Levy, a former judge on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Travis completed a successful tenure at a major law firm in Portland, Maine where he focused on litigation and healthcare law, before joining Berman & Simmons in 2014.
Travis currently serves on the Board of Directors for Pine Tree Legal Assistance.
Memberships, Distinctions, and Community Service
- Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure, Maine Supreme Judicial Court, 2018-present
- American Association for Justice, 2014–present
- Maine State Bar Association, 2010–present
- Maine Trial Lawyers Association, 2010–present
- Katahdin Council Pro Bono Designation, Maine Supreme Judicial Court, 2012
- Building Trial Skills: DC Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2014
- University of Maine School of Law
- Recipient of the Wernick Prize for Legal Writing
- Recipient of Pro Bono Publico Award
- Editor, Ocean and Coastal Law Journal
- Board of Directors, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, 2012–present
- Board of Directors, Nathan and Henry B. Cleaves Law Library, 2011–2017
- Martindale-Hubbell ― Top Rated “AV Preeminent”
- Super Lawyers ― “Rising Star,” 2014–present
Published Articles and Select Presentations
- How We Use Experts, Maine Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, 2018
- Case Development: Finding the Core Truth at the Heart of Every Case, Maine State Bar Association, 2017
- Serious Personal Injury Cases: Five Guiding Principles to Remember, Berman & Simmons Blog, July, 2017
- Medical Malpractice Cases in Maine: How It Works, University of Maine School of Law, November 2016
- Negligence on Blueberry Field Leads to $729,000 Verdict, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Winter 2017
- Emerging Issues in Professional Negligence, Maine State Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2016
- Changes in the Data Security Landscape: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Clients and Yourself, Maine State Bar Association, 2014
- HIPAA Omnibus Rule: Changes You Should Know, Maine Primary Care Association, 2013
- Law & Ethics in Social Work, USM School of Social Work, 2011, 2012, 2013
- Travis M. Brennan, Redefining the American Coastline: Can Government Withdraw Basic Services from the Coast and Avoid Taking Claims?, 14 Ocean & Coastal Law Journal (2008)