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Five Bernstein Shur Attorneys Earn Best Lawyers® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” Distinction


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Five Bernstein Shur Attorneys Earn Best Lawyers® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” Distinction

48 Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America

Portland and Augusta, ME and Manchester, NH (August 15, 2019) – Bernstein Shur, a leading New England based law firm, announced that 48 attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2020. In addition, five attorneys were named a Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year,” an honor exclusive to their legal specialty and geographic location.

The five attorneys recognized are:

  • George F. Burns, Litigation – Construction
  • John L. Carpenter, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Kenneth W. Lehman, Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Andru H. Volinksy, Criminal Defense – White Collar
  • Gregory Michael, Land Use and Zoning Law

Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. 83,000 industry-leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and they receive almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For last year’s 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 60,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Bernstein Shur attorneys consistently achieve Best Lawyers rankings every year, a tradition set 36 years ago by firm co-founder Leonard M. Nelson and attorney Gordon F. Grimes, both of whom have maintained a Best Lawyers ranking each year since its inception.

Best Lawyers
Bernstein Shur’s Augusta, Maine Office

Lee K. Bragg
-Administrative / Regulatory Law
-Land Use and Zoning Law
-Municipal Law

Katherine R. Knox
-Government Relations Practice

Bernstein Shur’s Manchester, New Hampshire Office

James D. Kerouac
-Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
-Real Estate Law

Ovide M. Lamontagne
-Commercial Litigation
-Litigation – Construction

Gregory Michael
*Lawyer of the Year Manchester, NH – Land Use and Zoning Law
-Land Use and Zoning Law
-Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
-Litigation – Real Estate
-Real Estate Law

Roy W. Tilsley
-Litigation – Real Estate

Andru H. Volinsky
*Lawyer of the Year Manchester, NH – Criminal Defense – White Collar
-Commercial Litigation
-Criminal Defense: White-Collar
-Education Law
-Employment Law – Individuals
-Employment Law – Management
-Labor Law – Management
-Trade Secrets Law

Bernstein Shur’s Portland, Maine Office

Sam Anderson
-Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
-Litigation – Bankruptcy

Michael R. Bosse
-Construction Law
-Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
-Litigation – Construction

James N. Broder
-Energy Law
-Project Finance Law
-Real Estate Law

George F. Burns
*Lawyer of the Year Portland, Maine – Litigation – Construction
-Arbitration
-Commercial Litigation
-Construction Law
-Corporate Law
-Litigation – Construction
-Mediation
-Timber Law

John L. Carpenter
*Lawyer of the Year Portland, Maine – Mergers and Acquisitions Law
-Corporate Compliance Law
-Corporate Governance Law
-Corporate Law
-Franchise Law
-Mergers and Acquisitions Law
-Securities / Capital Markets Law

Mary Costigan
-Environmental Law
-Land Use and Zoning Law
-Municipal Law

Christopher J. Devlin
-Banking and Finance Law

Kevan Lee Deckelmann
-Business Organizations (including LLC’s and Partnerships)
-Corporate Law

Asha Echeverria
-Construction Law

Joan M. Fortin
-Municipal Law

Steven R. Gerlach
-Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Gordon F. Grimes
-Construction Law
-Corporate Law
-Energy Law
-Oil and Gas Law

Tom S. Hanson
-Real Estate Law

Glenn Israel
-Employment Law – Management

Robert J. Keach
-Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
-Litigation – Bankruptcy

Kenneth W. Lehman
*Lawyer of the Year Portland, Maine – Administrative / Regulatory Law
-Administrative / Regulatory Law
-Health Care Law

Arnold C. Macdonald
-Construction Law
-Corporate Law
-Project Finance Law

Robert F. Macdonald, Jr.
-Franchise Law

Paul McDonald
-Litigation – Bankruptcy

Linda D. McGill
-Employment Law – Management
-Labor Law – Management

Kai W. McGintee
-Employment Law – Management

Charles E. Miller
-Real Estate Law

Daniel J. Mitchell
-Appellate Practice
-Commercial Litigation

Shana Cook Mueller
-Economic Development Law
-Municipal Law

Leonard M. Nelson
-Corporate Law

Eliza Cope Nolan
-Non-Profit / Charities Law
-Real Estate Law

Wendy J. Paradis
-Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

Richard D. Prentice
-Real Estate Law

Philip Saucier
-Land Use and Zoning Law
-Municipal Law

Eric F. Saunders
-Corporate Law

Ronald W. Schneider, Jr.
-Administrative / Regulatory Law
-Commercial Litigation
-Employment Law – Management
-Labor Law – Management

Jaimie P. Schwartz
-Real Estate Law

Patrick J. Scully
-Administrative / Regulatory Law
-Energy Law

Joel T. Shaw
-Securities / Capital Markets Law

David A. Soley
-Litigation – Real Estate
-Real Estate Law

Nathan H. Smith
-Real Estate Law

Hawley Strait
-Real Estate Law

Matthew Tarasevich
-Employment Law – Management
-Labor Law – Management

Nelson A. Toner
-Tax Law

Peter J. Van Hemel
-Real Estate Law

William M. Welch
-Real Estate Law

*The “Lawyer of the Year” distinction is only given to one attorney in each practice area and designated metropolitan area. The lawyers are selected based on peer voting in the areas of ability, professionalism and integrity.

About Bernstein Shur
Founded in 1915, Bernstein Shur is a leading New England-based law firm advising clients across the U.S. and around the world. Our 115+ award-winning attorneys and professionals provide practical and innovative counsel, and practice in more than 20 key areas across a variety of industries.

Bernstein Shur is known for simplifying complex issues and winning through steadfast persistence. The firm is Maine’s exclusive member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. Find out more at www.bernsteinshur.com.