Bernstein Shur Earns Top Honors from Leading Law Directory


Bernstein Shur Earns Top Honors from Leading Law Directory

Attorney Robert J. Keach Receives Highest Ranking for Sixth Consecutive Year

Portland and Augusta, ME and Manchester, NH (June 12, 2012)- Bernstein Shur, one of New England’s largest multi-service law firms, has once again been ranked in Chambers USA, a prestigious directory of the nation’s top law firms.

No stranger to receiving high rankings in Chambers USA, the firm is regularly awarded honors in ME and New Hampshire. This year the firm received the highest possible ranking in the categories of Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions (including bankruptcy), Energy and Natural Resources and Real Estate. Chambers USA noted that, “beyond their legal intellects, they (Bernstein Shur) are ahead of the curve in terms of response, explanation and personal service” for clients.

Chambers USA also recognized several specialized practices in both ME and New Hampshire. The Portland and Augusta, ME offices were recognized for their Environment, Labor and Employment and General Commercial Litigation practice groups. The Manchester, New Hampshire office was recognized for its Labor and Employment and General Commercial Litigation practice groups, with Chambers USA noting their “practicality and business-savvy advice.”

“As a firm we are very proud to have received such highly esteemed rankings from Chambers USA,” said Bernstein Shur CEO Charles Miller. “This is a testament to the skill of our attorneys and the dedication shown by our attorneys to their clients.”

In addition to firm-wide accolades, 26 Bernstein Shur attorneys were individually ranked among the nation’s top lawyers, including 10 who were ranked number one in their areas of practice. For the sixth consecutive year, Robert J. Keach received Chambers USA’s highest ranking of “Star” attorney for his work in bankruptcy.

The Bernstein Shur attorneys included in the 2012 Chambers USA directory are:

Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions: Bankruptcy- ME
Sam D. Anderson (Yarmouth, ME)
Michael A. Fagone (Gorham, ME)
Jeremy R. Fischer (Portland, ME)
Robert J. Keach (Falmouth, ME)

Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions- ME
John L. Carpenter (North Yarmouth, ME)
Eric F. Saunders (Cumberland, ME)

Energy and Natural Resources- ME
Gordon F. Grimes (Durham, ME)
John H. Montgomery III (South Freeport, ME)
Patrick J. Scully (Brunswick, ME)

Environment- ME
Katherine A. Joyce (Scarborough, ME)

Labor and Employment- ME
Glenn Israel (Cape Elizabeth, ME)
Linda D. McGill (Freeport, ME)
Patricia A. Peard (Falmouth, ME)

Labor and Employment- New Hampshire
Edward (Terry) Shumaker III (Concord, New Hampshire)

Litigation: General Commercial- ME
Paul McDonald (Cape Elizabeth, ME)
Daniel J. Mitchell (Scarborough, ME)
Peter J. Rubin (Scarborough, ME)

Litigation: General Commercial- New Hampshire
Andru H. Volinsky (Concord, New Hampshire)

Real Estate- ME
Tom S. Hanson (Cumberland, ME)
Charles E. Miller (Portland, ME)
Jaimie Paul Schwartz (South Portland, ME)
Nathan H. Smith (Portland, ME)
Richard W. Smith (Manchester, New Hampshire)
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 indentifies 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 is a multi-service firm with 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