Leading Law Directory Awards Bernstein Shur Top Honors in Corporate M&A (including Bankruptcy), Energy & Natural Resources and Real Estate


Leading Law Directory Awards Bernstein Shur Top Honors in Corporate M&A (including Bankruptcy), Energy & Natural Resources and Real Estate

Attorney Robert (Bob) J. Keach Earns “Star Individual” Designation for 7th Time

Portland and Augusta, ME and Manchester, NH (May 24, 2013)- Bernstein Shur, one of northern New England’s largest law firms, has once again been ranked in Chambers USA, a prestigious directory of the nation’s top law firms and leading business lawyers. For the seventh consecutive year, Robert (Bob) J. Keach received Chambers’ highest ranking of “Star Individual” for his work in bankruptcy.                                                                                          

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 the Portland and Augusta, ME offices 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.”

“We are very proud to have received such highly esteemed rankings from Chambers USA,” said Bernstein Shur CEO Charles E. Miller. “This is a testament to the skill of our attorneys and the firm’s high client-service standards.”

In addition to firm-wide accolades, 30 Bernstein Shur attorneys were individually ranked among the nation’s top lawyers, including 10 who ranked in the top band of their areas of practice. Four of the firm’s attorneys are new to the Chambers’ rankings: Shareholders Karen S. Aframe, James N. Broder and Scot E. Draeger, and associate Hawley R. Strait.

The Bernstein Shur attorneys included in the 2013 Chambers USA directory are:

Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions: Bankruptcy- ME
D. Sam 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)
Scot E. Draeger (Falmouth, ME)
Eric F. Saunders (Cumberland, ME)

Energy and Natural Resources- ME
James N. Broder (Cumberland Foreside)
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
Karen S. Aframe (Hopkinton, New Hampshire)
Emily Gray Rice (Concord, New Hampshire)
Edward (Terry) Shumaker III (Concord, New Hampshire)

Litigation: General Commercial- ME
Paul McDonald (Cape Elizabeth, 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 (Portland, 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 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