Bernstein Shur Welcomes Shareholder Pawel Z. Binczyk


Bernstein Shur Welcomes Shareholder Pawel Z. Binczyk

U.S. Army Veteran, former military judge advocate, and tenacious labor & employment litigator

PORTLAND, Maine (March 4, 2024) – Bernstein Shur is pleased to welcome Pawel Z. Binczyk to the firm as a Shareholder in the Labor & Employment, Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Food and Beverage Practice Groups.

Binczyk (he/him) is a litigator, advisor, and crisis response professional representing organizations in Maine, New Hampshire, and throughout New England. He brings over a decade of experience advising and aggressively defending organizational clients in a broad range of contexts. His diverse pool of clients has included school districts, universities, recreational centers, logistics companies, product distributors, factories, paper mills, property managers, technology companies, retailers, charities, residential care providers, and the United States Army, among others.

On joining Bernstein Shur, Binzcyk is excited to contribute to the firm’s traditional labor work.

“It’s a practice area that I love working in, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with intelligent people, who are also genuinely kind and easy to be around,” said Pawel Binczyk. “I’m ready to dive into a great team and am looking forward to contributing to the culture that Bernstein Shur is building.”

Binczyk has tried dozens of civil and criminal jury cases in his career, on issues ranging from complex wage and hour matters; regulatory investigations; discrimination claims; Title IX claims; union campaigns, negotiations, and grievances; unfair labor practice charges; complex injury claims; transportation claims; and property management cases, among other matters.

In addition to his civilian practice, Pawel serves part-time as a uniformed general counsel for the Maine Army National Guard, where he advises the command team on the variety of legal considerations that shape operations. Pawel previously served in various roles while on active duty in the United States Army JAG Corps, having lived and worked throughout the United States and overseas in Germany, Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia.  His military litigation practice focused on cases involving child victims, special victims, intimate partner violence, and homicide in both prosecution and defense roles. He has tried over 50 felony cases to verdict and has been involved in investigating and litigating hundreds of others.

In his personal time, Binczyk gives back to fellow Veterans as a board member of Boots2Roots, which helps active duty military members, Veterans and their families transition to civilian life in Maine. He also participates in the Volunteer Lawyers’ Project and 100 Men Who Care. He enjoys spending time with his three children, participating in theater, and enjoying Maine’s outdoor sporting traditions in all four seasons.

Binczyk is admitted to practice in the States of Maine, New Hampshire, and New York; the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; the United States District Court, District of Maine; and the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts. Pawel holds a J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, and has completed the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School.

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