News & Resources | Firm News

56 Bernstein Shur Attorneys Earn Listing in Best Lawyers in America 2013
August 23, 2012

Three Attorneys Honored for 29 Consecutive Years- Five Attorneys Added to List

Portland and Augusta, ME and Manchester, NH (August 23, 2012) – Bernstein Shur, one of New England’s largest law firms, announced today that 56 of its attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013. Among the firm’s shareholders, 82 percent are listed in Best Lawyers, an attorney referral guide featuring the nation’s top legal talent.

The directory is based on an extensive peer-review survey in which more than 41,000 attorneys cast close to four million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their respective practice areas.

Best Lawyers has consistently featured Bernstein Shur attorneys, including Gordon F. Grimes, Leonard M. Nelson and Peter J. Rubin, all of whom have each been listed since the list’s inception 29 years ago.

The 2013 list includes five additions to Bernstein Shur’s impressive roster: Steve Gerlach (Employee Benefits), Paul McDonald (Litigation-Bankruptcy), David Soley (Litigation-Real Estate and Real Estate Law), Roy Tilsley (Litigation-Real Estate) and Peter Van Hemel (Real Estate Law).

Portland Attorneys
Augusta Attorneys
Manchester Attorneys

Listed Lawyers from Bernstein Shur’s Augusta Office
(each attorney’s hometown is listed next to his/her name)

Lee K. Bragg- Manchester, Maine    
- Administrative/Regulatory Law
- Land Use & Zoning Law
- Municipal Law           

Michael A. Hodgins- Pittsfield, Maine
- Administrative/Regulatory Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Land Use & Zoning Law
- Litigation – Construction
- Litigation – Land Use & Zoning                      

Katherine R. Knox- Portland, Maine  
- Government Relations Practice                      

Daniel P. Riley, Jr.- Kennebunk, Maine          
- Administrative/Regulatory Law
- Government Relations Practice                      

Lester F. Wilkinson, Jr.- Augusta, Maine        
- Corporate Law
- Real Estate Law                 

    
Listed Lawyers from Bernstein Shur’s Manchester Office
(each attorney’s hometown is listed next to his/her name)

Gregory E. Michael- Bedford, New Hampshire         
- Land Use & Zoning Law
- Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
- Litigation – Real Estate
- Real Estate Law                     

Edward E. “Terry” Shumaker- Concord, New Hampshire     
- Employment Law – Individuals
- Employment Law – Management
- Labor Law – Management                 

Richard W. Smith- Manchester, New Hampshire       
- Real Estate Law                     

Roy W. Tilsley- Lyndeborough, New Hampshire      
- Litigation – Real Estate                       

Andru H. Volinsky- Concord, New Hampshire          
- Commercial Litigation
- Criminal Defense: White-Collar
- Education Law
- Employment Law – Individuals
- Employment Law – Management
- Labor Law – Management                 

Listed Lawyers from Bernstein Shur’s Portland Office
(each attorney’s hometown is listed next to his/her name)

D. Sam Anderson- Yarmouth, Maine 
- Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
- Litigation – Bankruptcy                      

Michael R. Bosse- Scarborough, Maine          
- Construction Law
- Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
- Litigation – Construction                     

James N. Broder- Cumberland, Maine          
- Energy Law
- Project Finance Law
- Real Estate Law                     

George F. Burns- Falmouth, Maine   
- Arbitration
- Commercial Litigation
- Construction Law
- Corporate Law
- Litigation – Construction
- Mediation
- Timber Law                

John L. Carpenter- North Yarmouth, Maine  
- Corporate Compliance Law
- Corporate Governance Law
- Corporate Law
- Franchise Law
- Mergers & Acquisitions Law
- Securities/Capital Markets Law                     

Robert J. Crawford- Cumberland Center, Maine      
- Administrative/Regulatory Law
- Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
- Land Use & Zoning Law
- Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
- Litigation – Municipal
- Municipal Law            

Scot Draeger- Falmouth, Maine        
- Securities/Capital Markets Law
- Securities Regulation              

Michael A. Fagone- Gorham, Maine  
- Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
- Litigation – Bankruptcy                      

Joan M. Fortin- Portland, Maine        
- Municipal Law            

F. Paul Frinsko- Gorham, Maine        
- Employment Law – Management
- Labor Law – Management
- Public Finance Law                

Steven R. Gerlach- North Yarmouth, Maine
- Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law                   

Philip H. Gleason- Cumberland, Maine          
- Corporate Law
- Mergers & Acquisitions Law
- Public Finance Law                

Gordon F. Grimes- Durham, Maine    
- Construction Law
- Corporate Law
- Energy Law
- Oil & Gas Law             

Leonard M. Gulino- South Portland, Maine    
- Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
- Litigation – Bankruptcy                      

Tom S. Hanson- Cumberland, Maine 
- Real Estate Law                     

Geoffrey H. Hole- South Harpswell, Maine    
- Administrative/Regulatory Law
- Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
- Land Use & Zoning Law
- Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
- Litigation – Municipal
- Municipal Law
- Public Finance Law                

James A. Houle- Scarborough, Maine
- Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
- Trusts and Estates                  

Glenn Israel- Cape Elizabeth, Maine 
- Employment Law – Management                  

Robert J. Keach- Falmouth, Maine    
- Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
- Litigation – Bankruptcy                      

Kenneth W. Lehman- Cumberland, Maine    
- Administrative/Regulatory Law
- Health Care Law                    

Karen B. Lovell- Saco, Maine 
- Tax Law
- Trusts and Estates                  

Arnold C. Macdonald- South Freeport, Maine          
- Construction Law
- Corporate Law
- Project Finance Law              

Robert F. Macdonald, Jr.- Cape Elizabeth, Maine     
- Franchise Law            

Paul McDonald- Cape Elizabeth, Maine        
- Litigation – Bankruptcy                      

Linda D. McGill- Freeport, Maine       
- Employment Law – Management
- Labor Law – Management                 

Charles E. Miller- Portland, Maine      
- Real Estate Law                     

Daniel J. Mitchell- Scarborough, Maine         
- Appellate Practice
- Commercial Litigation            

John H. Montgomery III- South Freeport, Maine       
- Arbitration
- Construction Law
- Insurance Law
- Mediation                   

Leonard M. Nelson- Falmouth, Maine
- Corporate Law                       

Eliza Cope Nolan- Portland, Maine   
- Non-Profit/Charities Law
- Real Estate Law                     

Wendy Paradis- Falmouth, Maine     
- Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law              

John M. R. Paterson- Freeport, Maine
- Antitrust Law
- Appellate Practice
- First Amendment Law
- Litigation – Antitrust
- Litigation – First Amendment
- Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants               

Patricia A. Peard- Falmouth, Maine  
- Commercial Litigation
- Education Law
- Employment Law – Management
- Labor Law – Management                 

David P. Ray- Yarmouth, Maine        
- Arbitration
- Construction Law
- Litigation – Construction
- Mediation                   

Peter J. Rubin- Scarborough, Maine 
- Appellate Practice
- Bet-the-Company Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
- Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar
- Criminal Defense: White-Collar
- Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
- Legal Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
- Litigation – Construction
- Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
- Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
- Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
- Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
- Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
- Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
- Professional Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs                    

Eric F. Saunders- Cumberland, Maine
- Corporate Law                       

Ronald W. Schneider, Jr.- Wells, Maine         
- Administrative/Regulatory Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Employment Law – Management
- Labor Law – Management                 

Jaimie P. Schwartz- South Portland, Maine   
- Real Estate Law                     

Patrick J. Scully- Brunswick, Maine    
- Administrative / Regulatory Law
- Energy Law                

Nathan H. Smith- Portland, Maine     
- Real Estate Law                     

David A. Soley- Freeport, Maine       
- Litigation – Real Estate
- Real Estate Law                     

Matthew Tarasevich- Portland, Maine
- Employment Law – Management
- Labor Law – Management                 

Nelson A. Toner- Portland, Maine      
- Tax Law                      

Peter Van Hemel- Kennebunk, Maine
- Real Estate Law                     

Christopher L. Vaniotis- North Yarmouth, Maine       
- Administrative/Regulatory Law
- Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
- Land Use & Zoning Law
- Litigation – Municipal
- Municipal Law
- Real Estate Law                     

William M. Welch- Falmouth, Maine  
- Real Estate Law   

About Bernstein Shur

Widely regarded as one of New England’s most entrepreneurial law firms, Bernstein Shur is a multi-service firm with more than 100 attorneys in offices in Maine and New Hampshire. Founded in 1915, the firm provides practical and innovative counsel in the areas of business law, litigation, and municipal law to clients throughout the region and around the world. Bernstein Shur is Maine’s exclusive member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. More information is available at www.bernsteinshur.com.