Kenneth W. Lehman Kenneth W. Lehman

Kenneth W. Lehman


Meet Ken, a zealous advocate for physicians, nurses, dentists and other health care providers.

Kenneth W. Lehman

207 228-7303 direct
207 774-1200 main
207 774-1127 facsimile

100 Middle Street
PO Box 9729
Portland, ME 04104-5029

Health Care Practice Group

Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers
  • “Lawyer of the Year 2020” for Administrative/Regulatory Law, Best Lawyers in America
  • “Lawyer of the Year 2019” for Health Care Law, Best Lawyers in America
  • “Lawyer of the Year 2017” for Health Care Law, Best Lawyers in America
  • “Lawyer of the Year 2016” for Regulatory Law, Best Lawyers in America
  • “Lawyer of the Year 2014” for Health Care Law, Best Lawyers in America
  • “Lawyer of the Year 2011” for Administrative Law, Best Lawyers in America
  • Katahdin Counsel Recognition by Maine Supreme Judicial Court for pro bono services
  • Pro Bono Publico Award, Maine Bar Foundation
  • Barnett I. Shur Community Service Award
  • Outstanding Community Service Award, Citizens for a Healthy Portland
  • Volunteer of the Month, American Lung Association of Maine
  • Maine Citizens Against Sexual Abuse Award
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Here’s why you’ll find Ken the right attorney to help you achieve your goals.

Ken Lehman is a shareholder in Bernstein Shur’s Litigation Group and chairs the firm’s Health Care Group. Ken has practiced health care law for more than 30 years, and is a former Maine Assistant Attorney General. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America since 2001 for his work as a health care attorney.

Ken’s trial and counseling practice is concentrated on health care legal issues, including:

  • Licensure and license defense of physicians, nurses, dentists, podiatrists, chiropractors, psychologists, social workers, LCPCs, substance abuse counselors and other therapists, pharmacies, pharmacists, pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers, veterinarians and all other health care practitioners by Maine professional licensure boards
  • Licensure and license defense of mental health agencies, substance abuse agencies, other provider agencies licensed by Maine DHHS and other state and federal agencies
  • Fraud and abuse compliance, audits, counsel, investigations and defense
  • Impaired and recovering physicians, nurses and other health care practitioners
  • Defense of federal and state investigations of individual health care providers, mental health, substance abuse treatment, community service and other social service agencies
  • HIPAA privacy and security standards and healthcare confidentiality – advice, counsel, risk management, defense of OCR and other complaints
  • Ethics and risk management counsel for physicians, therapists and other health care practitioners, mental health, substance abuse and other agencies
  • Subpoenas and disclosure of PHI and other records protected by confidentiality laws and regulations
  • Peer review, credentialing reviews and corrective actions by hospitals, insurers and managed care organizations
  • Hospital medical staff membership, credentials and privileges investigations, dispute resolution and fair hearings
  • Health care employment, other health care provider contracts and business matters
  • Counsel and advice in “Duty to Warn” and mandatory reporting situations, child abuse and neglect, elder abuse and neglect, Tarasoff-type and other situations
  • Advocacy regarding health care issues before the Maine legislature and in rule-making proceedings before Maine state government agencies

Ken regularly teaches seminars on ethics and health care law issues at hospitals and to professional associations for physicians and other health care providers. From 1991-2011, Ken was an adjunct instructor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he annually taught the medical jurisprudence course and other seminars.


JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1981
AB, Hamilton College, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted to practice
States of Maine and New York
US District Court, District of Maine and Western District of New York


Maine State Bar Association (Health Law Section Co-Chair, 2003 – 2008)
American Health Lawyers Association
Maine Bar Foundation, Fellow (MBF Director, 1990 – 1996; 1997 – 2003)
Maine Volunteer Lawyer’s Project Oversight Committee (1990 – 2001, 2003 – 2004), (VLP Committee Chair 1990-1994, 1996-2001)
Maine Justice Foundation Board of Directors
Maine Justice Foundation Honorary Life Fellow
American Society of Medical Association Counsel