Bernstein Shur Earns Top Honors from Chambers USA 2017


Bernstein Shur Earns Top Honors from Chambers USA 2017

D. Sam Anderson, Eliza Cope Nolan, Glenn Israel, Gordon F. Grimes, Hawley R. Strait, James N. Broder, John L. Carpenter, Katherine A. Joyce, N. Joel Moser, Nathan H. Smith, Paul McDonald, Peter J. Van Hemel, Remembering Charles E. Miller, Robert J. Keach, Steven R. Gerlach, Tom S. Hanson, William M. Welch

Robert J. Keach Ranked Bankruptcy Star Individual for Eleventh Consecutive Year

Portland and Augusta, ME and Manchester, NH (June 6, 2017) – Bernstein Shur, one of northern New England’s largest law firms, has earned top ratings in 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 practice areas: Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions, Energy and Natural Resources, and Real Estate.

In addition to the firm rankings, 25 attorneys were individually recognized and five were ranked in the top band in their areas of practice. For the eleventh consecutive year, Robert J. Keach received the highest ranking of Star Individual for his bankruptcy practice; Charles E. Miller, Gordon F. Grimes, and Nathan H. Smith were each highlighted as a Senior Statesman, and firm CEO Patrick J. Scully was ranked as an Eminent Practitioner.

The Bernstein Shur attorneys included in the 2017 Chambers USA directory are:

Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions: Bankruptcy (ME)

D. Sam Anderson (Yarmouth, ME)
Robert J. Keach (Falmouth, ME)

Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions (ME)

John L. Carpenter (North Yarmouth, ME)
Anthony E. Perkins (Gorham, ME)

Energy and Natural Resources (ME)

Joel Moser (Lewiston, ME)
James N. Broder (Cumberland Foreside, ME)
Gordon F. Grimes (Durham, ME)
Patrick J. Scully (Portland, 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)

Edward (Terry) Shumaker III (Concord, New Hampshire)

Litigation: General Commercial (ME)

Paul McDonald (Cape Elizabeth, 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)
Richard D. Prentice (Yarmouth, ME)
Jaimie Paul Schwartz (South Portland, ME)
Nathan H. Smith (Kealakekua, Hawaii)
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)


Founded in 1915, Bernstein Shur is a New England-based law firm advising clients across the U.S. and around the world. Our 110+ award-winning attorneys and professionals provide practical and innovative counsel, and practice in more than 20 key areas across a variety of industries.

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