Bernstein Shur Earns Top Honors in Chambers USA for Corporate M&A (including Bankruptcy), Energy & Natural Resources and Real Estate


Bernstein Shur Earns Top Honors in Chambers USA for Corporate M&A (including Bankruptcy), Energy & Natural Resources and Real Estate

Law Firm has 30 Individuals Ranked in Leading Law Directory

Bernstein Shur, one of northern New England’s largest law firms, has again earned top marks 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 (including Bankruptcy), Energy and Natural Resources and Real Estate. Chambers USA also recognized the Portland and Augusta, ME offices for their Environment, Labor and Employment and General Commercial Litigation practice groups noting “they are very diligent, thorough and careful lawyers.”

The Manchester, New Hampshire office was recognized for its Labor and Employment Practice Group, with Chambers USA noting their “very professional; excellent response time, and thoughtful counsel.“

“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.”

In addition to the firm rankings, 30 of the firm’s attorneys were individually recognized, 11 ranked in the top band of their areas of practice including for the eighth consecutive year, Robert J. Keach who received Chambers’ highest ranking of “Star Individual” for his work in bankruptcy. Two of the firm’s attorneys are new to the Chambers’ rankings: Shareholder Anthony E. Perkins and associate Steven Gerlach.

The Bernstein Shur attorneys included in the 2014 Chambers USA directory are:

Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions: Bankruptcy- ME
D. Sam Anderson (Yarmouth, ME)
Michael A. Fagone (Gorham, 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 (Brunswick, 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)
John H. Montgomery (South Freeport, ME)
Peter J. Rubin (Scarborough, 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)
Jaimie Paul Schwartz (South Portland, ME)
Nathan H. Smith (Portland, ME)
Richard W. Smith (Manchester, New Hampshire)
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