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Leonard M. Nelson Leonard M. Nelson

Leonard M. Nelson


Senior Shareholder

Lenny Nelson, a founding Bernstein Shur partner, Harvard Law alumnus, and an established leader in the arts and business community.

Leonard M. Nelson

CONTACT
lnelson@bernsteinshur.com

207 228-7231 direct
207 774-1200 main
207 774-1127 facsimile

100 Middle Street
PO Box 9729
Portland, ME 04104-5029

Additional Focus
Private Trustee Activities

PRACTICES & INDUSTRIES SERVED Business
Mergers & Acquisitions
Trusts and Estates
AWARDS
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America since its inception
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for 45 years
PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

Here’s why you’ll enjoy working with him.

After graduating from law school, Lenny joined Bernstein & Bernstein, which later became Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson. An integral part of the firm for more than five decades, Lenny focuses on corporate, commercial, and fiduciary matters. He is particularly well-versed in joint ventures between the public and private sectors, as well as fiduciary activities among trustees, beneficiaries, and money managers.

Lenny’s experience is both extensive and varied: He has served as special counsel in complex acquisitions, including Georgia Pacific’s hostile takeover of Great Northern Paper, and has acted as a professional trustee for families throughout the United States. A trusted advisor, Lenny’s clients count on his straightforward and strategic counsel to guide them through even the most complex transactions and to help them realize their long-term business, financial, and family goals.

But that’s not all. Lenny is also very experienced in:

  • Serving as director of both public and private companies, including a variety of financial and mercantile institutions
  • Serving as chair of Maine’s three leading art organizations: the Maine Arts Commission, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Portland Museum of Art, a leadership role in the arts community without precedent

When Lenny isn’t working, he is…

Trying to complete his daily outdoor bike ride.

Background

Education
LLB, Harvard Law School, 1960
AB, Harvard College, 1957, magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted to practice
State of Maine
US District Court, District of Maine

Memberships

Portland Museum of Art (Current Trustee, Past Chair, Past President)
Museum Trustee Association of the United States (Executive Committee)
Portland Symphony Orchestra (Past President, Past Chair)
Maine Arts Commission (Past Chair)
Falmouth Town Council (Past Chair)