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Education Law Labor and Employment Law Litigation and Dispute Resolution


Patricia A. Peard


Patricia Peard is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group and Litigation Practice Group. She is also a member of Bernstein Shur’s Board of Directors.

Pat practices in all areas of employment and labor law and counsels management in compliance issues under state and federal law, including the ADA, Title VII, and Title IX. Her practice has a special emphasis on the needs of colleges, universities, and private secondary schools. Pat has spoken extensively on these issues, including FERPA, admission policies, contract compliance, legal issues for advisors and teachers, tenure standards, bullying, and sexual harassment.

Prior to practicing law, Pat was a member of the history department at Philips Exeter Academy.

Pat’s clients include the University of Maine System, the Maine College of Art, the Maine Association of Independent Schools, several independent schools, Bath Iron Works, and UnumProvident. She served as Maine legal counsel to the Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign in 2004.

Pat is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for her work in labor and employment law. She is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell.


JD, University of Maine School of Law, 1988, cum laude
MA, European History, University of Minnesota, 1970
BA, Wilson College, 1968


Admitted to practice:
States of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, Districts of Maine and Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Maine State Bar Association
American Trial Lawyers Association
National Association of College and University Attorneys
Defense Research Institute
Center for Prevention of Hate Violence (Board Member, Past President)