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Ron is co-chair of Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and a member of the Litigation Group with a focus on employment and health care law. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for employment law and commercial litigation. He brings a practical and adaptable approach to the representation of his clients to ensure that he works to achieve their goals. He has experience counseling clients to avoid litigation, resolving disputes prior to litigation and fully and aggressively litigating cases to successful conclusions.
Ron’s practice includes all aspects of employment law, including Title VII claims, the ADA, whistleblower claims, employee misconduct and theft, employment agreements, non-compete agreements, investigations, discipline, terminations and the FMLA. With respect to commercial litigation, his practice focuses on business contract disputes, arbitration and insurance coverage.
Ron also practices health care law, representing hospitals and various health care professionals. He advises health care professionals on practice issues and represents health care professionals before licensing boards. An important part of Ron’s practice is focused on the representation of health care professionals charged with crimes. He understands the need for discretion and has successfully resolved many sensitive criminal matters.
Ron was the first chair of the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services, a state agency charged with providing high quality representation to criminal defendants, juvenile defendants and parents in child protective cases consistent with federal and state constitutional and statutory obligations.
Prior to joining Bernstein Shur, Ron clerked in the Maine Superior Court in Portland, serving Justices Arthur Brennan, Susan Calkins, Roland Cole, Nancy Mills and Leigh Saufley.
Representative Litigation Matters:
Shaffiey v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America — Prevailed as co-trial counsel for Unum in six-day trial that began on September 11, 2001 and involved an employment claim of ethnic discrimination.
Johnson v. University of Maine System – 2007 Successfully defended the university in federal court against extensive and complicated claims of sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
Employer Judgment For Employee Theft (2011) – Achieved $300,000 judgment for international company to recover amounts lost when employee obtained kickbacks from suppliers.
Bo-Co, Inc. v. Polaris Sales, Inc., (September 2013) — Prevailed as lead trial counsel on behalf of Polaris in challenge brought by three dealerships who objected to Polaris’ plan to expand an existing dealership to increase sales of Polaris’ very successful and popular Ranger brand of off-road vehicles.
MyFreeMedicine.com, LLC v. Alpine Investors, LP, 739 F.Supp.2d 8 (D. Me. 2010) – Successfully defended a San Francisco-based private equity firm in a RICO action seeking damages in excess of $25 million dollars, achieving dismissal of all RICO claims brought in a 170-page complaint.
McDill v. Environamics, 757 A.2d 162 (N.H. 2000) – Successfully defended Environamics as co-counsel at appeal stage in defense of breach of an employment contract action, which established in New Hampshire that after-acquired evidence of employee misconduct could completely bar recovery for a breach of contract.
Wells v. Anthem Health Plans of Maine —2006 Prevailed as counsel for Anthem on claims for breach of contract and unfair claims practices in complicated matter involving migraine medication, working with world-renowned expert in the treatment of migraines.
Catholic Charities of Maine, Inc. v. City of Portland, 304 F.Supp.2d 77 (D. Me. 2004) — Successfully defended the City of Portland in ERISA and constitutional attack on the city’s domestic partnership ordinance, establishing that Catholic Charities’ provision of health benefits was exempt from ERISA and did not constitute speech or religious expression.
Roger Edwards, LLC v. Fiddes & Sons, Ltd., 387 F.3d 90 (1st Cir. 2004) — Prevailed as trial co-counsel and lead appellate counsel for Fiddes, a British company, in claim for breach of a distribution contract and then in three subsequent appeals to the First Circuit Court of Appeals, which included the awarding of sanctions against Roger Edwards, LLC for frivolous pleadings.
Augusta News Co. v. Hudson News Co., 269 F.3d 41 (1st Cir. 2001) — Prevailed on behalf of Hudson News, one of North America’s largest independent wholesalers of periodicals and books, in antitrust and commercial bribery claims arising out of the historic, national consolidation of the wholesale distribution of periodicals and books.
Representative Speaking Engagements:
Like the NLRB On Facebook? What Can You Do When Your Employees Don’t Like You On Facebook, Portland, Maine 2012
Would Atticus Finch Friend You On Facebook: The Ethical Considerations For Lawyers Who Enter The Social Media World, Concord, New Hampshire 2012
The Light and Dark Side of Social Media, Saint Anslem’s 20th Annual Conference for Nurse Educators, Hyannis, Massachusetts 2012
Would Florence Nightingale Friend You On Facebook?, New Hampshire Nurses Association, Concord, New Hampshire, 2011
Providing Care to Minors, Maine Medical Association, Augusta, Maine, 2011
Social Networking Issues in Health Care, 15th Annual Nurse Leaders and Managers Conference, Kennebunkport, Maine 2010
Employers and Medical Marijuana, Portland, Maine, 2010
Social Work and The Law, MSW Seminar, Portland, Maine, 2010
Legislative Changes In Defense Services, U.S. Department of Justice Symposium on Indigent Defense Services, Washington, D.C., 2010
Social Networking Issues For Employers, Portland, Maine, 2009
The Costs, Risks, and Benefits of Litigation in the Courts, Portland, Maine 2009
Investigating Employee Wrongdoing and Terminations, Independent Schools Association of Northern New England, 2008
Conducting Internal Employee Investigations, Bedford, New Hampshire, 2007
In May, 2012, Ron commented on the financial issues surrounding the Maine Legal Aid Fund. To read the article from MPBN click here.
JD, University of Maine School of Law, 1996, cum laude. Member and author, Maine Law Review
BA, Bates College, 1988
The Roxbury Latin School, 1984
Admitted to practice:
States of Maine and New Hampshire
U.S. District Court, Districts of Maine and New Hampshire
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Maine State Bar Association
New Hampshire Bar Association
Society for Human Research Management
American Health Lawyers Association
Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services (Chair, 2009-2012)
Maine Civil Liberties Union Legal Panel
Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation (Former Director)
Equest Therapeutic Riding Center (Director)
Institute for Civic Leadership, Xi Class
Town of Wells Budget Review Committee