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52 Bernstein Shur Attorneys Named in “Best Lawyers in America 2011” Listing

Portland, Maine -

PORTLAND – Fifty-two attorneys from Bernstein Shur, one of northern New England’s largest law firms, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2011*, the preeminent referral guide to the nation’s top attorneys.

Published annually since 1983, the directory is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast more than 3 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their respective practice areas. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Best Lawyers ranked Bernstein Shur #1 in the United States in the category of Municipal Law and #1 in New Hampshire in the category of Labor and Employment Law. The firm was also ranked #1 in Maine in 20 categories including:
• Alternate Dispute Resolution
• Appellate Law
• Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
• Construction Law
• Corporate Governance & Compliance Law
• Corporate Law
• Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar
• Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law
• Franchise Law
• Government Relations Law
• Information Technology Law
• Land Use & Zoning Law
• Legal Malpractice Law
• Municipal Law
• Natural Resources Law
• Non-Profit/Charities Law
• Oil & Gas Law
• Professional Malpractice Law
• Real Estate Law and Timber Law

“We are proud to continue our strong presence in the annual list of The Best Lawyers in America,” said Charles E. Miller, the firm’s managing shareholder. “This marks a significant achievement as approximately 50 percent of our attorneys and more than 80 percent of our principals have been listed in the 2011 guide, an indication of our position as one of northern New England’s leading multi-service law firms.”

Three attorneys from Bernstein Shur have been listed in every Best Lawyers published since its inception 27 years ago: Gordon F. Grimes for Corporate Law, Construction Law, Energy and Oil & Gas Law; Leonard M. Nelson for Corporate Law; and Peter J. Rubin, who was named in 12 categories including Appellate Law, Malpractice Law (Medical, Legal And Professional) and additional litigation and criminal defense categories.

Bernstein Shur attorney Jeffrey A. Thaler marks 21 years of inclusion in Best Lawyers and is recognized in the areas of Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Legal and Professional Malpractice Law, Commercial Litigation and Appellate Law.

Bernstein Shur attorneys who have been selected for 10 years or more include:
Maine-based attorneys Robert J. Keach for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law; Linda D. McGill for Labor & Employment Law; Charles E. Miller for Real Estate Law, John M. R. Paterson for Antitrust Law, Appellate Law, Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law and Professional Malpractice Law; Eric F. Saunders for Corporate Law; and Nathan H. Smith for Real Estate Law and New Hampshire-based attorneys
Andrea K. Johnstone for Labor & Employment Law and Andru H. Volinsky for Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Education Law and Labor & Employment Law.

Bernstein Shur attorneys repeatedly selected to the list for up to 10 years include:
Maine-based attorneys D. Sam Anderson for Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights Law; Michael R. Bosse for Construction Law; Lee K. Bragg for Land Use & Zoning Law and Municipal Law; George F. Burns for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Corporate Law and Timber Law; John L. Carpenter for Corporate Governance & Compliance Law, Corporate Law, Franchise Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Robert J. Crawford for Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law, Land Use & Zoning Law and Municipal Law; F. Paul Frinsko for Labor & Employment Law and Public Finance Law; Jay S. Geller for Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights Law; Leonard M. Gulino for Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights Law; Tom S. Hanson for Real Estate Law; Michael A. Hodgins for Commercial Litigation and Land Use & Zoning Law; Geoffrey H. Hole for Administrative Law and Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law; James A. Houle for Employee Benefits Law and Trusts & Estates, Land Use & Zoning Law and Municipal Law; Michael A. Fagone for Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights Law; Joan M. Fortin for Municipal Law; Katherine R. Knox for Government Relations Law; Kenneth W. Lehman for Administrative Law and Health Care Law; Karen B. Lovell for Tax Law and Trusts & Estates; Arnold C. Macdonald for Construction Law and Corporate Law; Robert F. Macdonald, Jr. for Franchise Law; John H. Montgomery III for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction Law and Insurance Law; Patricia A. Peard for Commercial Litigation, Education Law and Labor & Employment Law; Christopher L. Vaniotis for Administrative Law, Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Municipal Law and Real Estate Law; David P. Ray for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Construction Law; Daniel P. Riley, Jr. for Government Relations Law and Health Care Law; Ronald W. Schneider, Jr. for Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment Law; Jaimie P. Schwartz for Real Estate Law; Patrick J. Scully for Administrative Law and Energy Law; Richard W. Smith for Real Estate Law; Matthew Tarasevish for Labor & Employment Law; Nelson A. Toner for Tax Law; Christopher L. Vaniotis for Real Estate Law; William M. Welch for Real Estate Law;
Lester F. Wilkinson, Jr. for Real Estate Law and Corporate Governance & Compliance Law and New Hampshire-based attorney Edward E. Shumaker for Labor & Employment Law.

Newly added Bernstein Shur attorneys included in the listing are:
Maine-based attorneys Scot Dreager for Securities Law; Joseph J. Hahn for Personal Injury Litigation, John G. Osborn for Information Technology Law, and Eliza Cope Nolan for Non-Profit/Charities Law and New Hampshire-based attorney Carol Willoughby for NH Real Estate Law.

* (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, S.C.)

About Bernstein Shur
Widely regarded as one of New England’s most entrepreneurial firms, Bernstein Shur is a multi-service law firm with more than 100 attorneys in offices in Maine 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 Maine’s exclusive member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. More information is available at www.bernsteinshur.com.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Ralph St. George

Telephone Number: (207)774-1200

Website: http://www.BernsteinShur.com

Email: rstgeorge@bernsteinshur.com