Bernstein Shur Earns Top Honors for Three Practice Groups in 2015 Chambers USA Directory


Bernstein Shur Earns Top Honors for Three Practice Groups in 2015 Chambers USA Directory

Bernstein Shur, one of northern New England’s largest law firms, has again earned top ratings from Chambers USA, a prestigious directory of the nation’s top law firms and leading business lawyers.

The firm received the highest possible ranking in three categories: Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions, Energy and Natural Resources, and Real Estate.

In addition to the firm rankings, 28 of the firm’s attorneys were individually recognized and 12 ranked top band in their areas of practice. For the ninth consecutive year, Robert J. Keach received the highest ranking of “Star Individual” for his work in bankruptcy; Steven Gerlach, member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group, was named “Associate to Watch”; Charles E. Miller, member of the Real Estate Practice Group, was named “Senior Statesman” and Hawley Strait, also a member of Real Estate, was named “Up and Coming” attorney.

“We are proud to be recognized as leaders for our continued excellence in multiple practice areas,” said CEO Pat Scully. “The rankings in Chambers USA are a true showing of how our clients recognize our service and caliber of attorneys.”

The Bernstein Shur attorneys included in the 2015 Chambers USA directory are:

Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions: Bankruptcy (ME)

D. Sam Anderson (Yarmouth, ME)
Robert J. Keach (Falmouth, ME)

Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions (ME)

John L. Carpenter (North Yarmouth, ME)
Scot E. Draeger (Falmouth, ME)
Anthony E. Perkins (Gorham, ME)
Eric F. Saunders (Cumberland, ME)

Energy and Natural Resources (ME)

James N. Broder (Cumberland Foreside, ME)
Gordon F. Grimes (Durham, ME)
Patrick J. Scully (Portland, ME)

Environment (ME)

Katherine A. Joyce (Scarborough, ME)

Labor and Employment (ME)

Steven Gerlach (North Yarmouth, ME)
Glenn Israel (Cape Elizabeth, ME)
Linda D. McGill (Freeport, ME)
Patricia A. Peard (Falmouth, ME)

Labor and Employment (New Hampshire)

Emily Gray Rice (Concord, New Hampshire)
Edward (Terry) Shumaker III (Concord, New Hampshire)

Litigation: General Commercial (ME)

Paul McDonald (Cape Elizabeth, ME)

Litigation: General Commercial (New Hampshire)

Emily Gray Rice (Concord, New Hampshire)
Andru H. Volinsky (Concord, New Hampshire)

Real Estate (ME)

Tom S. Hanson (Cumberland, ME)
Charles E. Miller (Portland, ME)
Richard D. Prentice (Yarmouth, ME)
Jaimie Paul Schwartz (South Portland, ME)
Nathan H. Smith (Portland, ME)
Hawley R. Strait (Yarmouth, ME)
Peter Van Hemel (Kennebunk, ME)
William M. Welch (Falmouth, ME)

Real Estate: Timberland/Conservation (ME)

Eliza M. Cope Nolan (Portland, ME)

About Chambers USA
Chambers and Partners has published leading directories for the legal profession for more than 20 years. The selection process of the Chambers USA directory involves 100 full-time researchers conducting interviews with thousands of attorneys and their clients. This intensive, continuous research identifies the nation’s top lawyers and law firms, judged according to the criteria most valued by clients.

About Bernstein Shur
Widely regarded as one of New England’s most entrepreneurial law firms, Bernstein Shur has more than 100 attorneys in offices in ME 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 ME’s exclusive member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. More information is available at