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Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, P.A.

Headquarters

West Tower
100 Middle Street
P.O. Box 9729
Portland, ME 04104-5029
United States
(207) 774.1200

Firm Details

Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson is a New England-based law firm that advises clients from across the U.S. and around the world. Our 125+ award-winning attorneys and professionals practice in more than 20 critical areas and a variety of industries. In 2021, Bernstein Shur was named one of Maine’s Best Places to Work for the tenth time.While we’re proud of our roots, accolades, and wide-ranging expertise, it’s not only our substance that sets us apart; it’s also our approach. We relish simplifying the complex. We believe that sophisticated doesn’t have to mean stuffy, and we’re not just accessible—we’re approachable. We fight hard for our clients, but calm persistence and collaboration are often our weapons of choice. Most importantly, we believe that being mindful of our clients’ bottom lines is ultimately better for our own. Over the past century, these values have become the essence of Bernstein Shur. And they produce better results—and better experiences—for our clients.

Management

Joan Fortin
Chief Executive Officer

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Maine in Commercial Litigation with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Maine in Construction Law with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Maine in Municipal Law with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Maine in Real Estate Law with 9 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Portland in Commercial Litigation with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Portland in Construction Law with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Portland in Real Estate Law with 9 lawyers

About Our Clients

UNUM Provident Corp.; Principal Life Insurance Co.; Gannett Co.; Waynflete School; Georgia-Pacific Corp.; Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine; R.J. Reynolds; Rite Aid; McDonald's Corp.; Ford Motor Co.; Advest, Inc.; University of Maine System; State Street Capital Markets; Citizens Financial Group; Citizens Bank of New Hampshire; Norway Savings Bank; Merrill Lynch Credit Corp.; Shipyard Brewing Co., LLC; Resort Sports Network; Coeur d'Alene Mining Corp.; Acorn Products Co., Inc.; Sebago, Inc.; Delhaize America, Inc.; Tucker Anthony; Housing Resources Corp.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; SCI, Inc.; Martin's Point Health Center; CommTel; Clark Associates; Creative Work Systems; Greater Portland Transit District; Lapoint Industries; 0i2.com; Cumberland County Civic Center; Municipalities of Scarborough, Freeport, Yarmouth, Brunswick, Eliot, Old Orchard Beach, South Berwick, and Winthrop; Wilton; Merrill Transport Co.; Medical Care Development, Inc.; Ram Management Co., Inc.; Aries Property Co.; Kittery Commercial Associates; FPL Energy; Maine Hydro; Conifer Industries; American Isuzu Motors, Inc.; Merck; Schering-Plough; Danaher Corporation; Eastland Shoe; Auto Europe; Subaru; Nissan; IDEXX Laboratories; Travelers Insurance Co.; Metco; Alcon Laboratories; General Signal Corp.; Kelley & Kelley Development, LLC; Sappi Fine Paper North America; Independent Energy Producers of Maine; Calpine Corporation; Prisma Energy; Seabreeze Regional Transmission System; Maine College of Art; Textron; Wal-Mart; New England Renewable Power Producers Association; Weathervane Seafoods; Black Mountain Lumber Co.; Bridgecorp; Clark & Stuart, Inc.; The Jackson Laboratory; Ledgewood Construction; Maine Yankee Atomic Power Co.; Cumberland-Yarmouth Cable Television Regulatory Board; Maine Aqua Foods, Inc.; Bingham Hatchery, Inc.; Northeastern Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Foundation; Brunswick Transportation Co., Inc.; Viking Freight, Inc.; Hancock Lumber Co., Inc.; Great American Insurance Co.; Lumber Mutual, Inc.; Wausau Insurance Co.; Shand Morahan & Co.; Peerless Insurance Co.; D.L. Poulin, Inc.; Sheridan Corp.; Bancroft Construction, Inc.; Ouellet Associates, Inc.; PharmX, Inc.; University of New England; Maine Drilling & Blasting, Inc.; Hanover Insurance Co.; The Diaz Corp.; Town of Stoneham; County of York; Commercial Paving; Town of Clairmont; XWAVE; Casella; Pannaway Technologies, Inc.; Daylight Software, Inc.; Claremont School Funding Lawsuit Coalition; K&G Restaurants, LLC; Global Ex-Imports, Inc.; Jerry Construction, Inc.; LaBarre Galleries, Inc.; Morgan Storage; Hexaport International, Ltd.; Autotorium Suzuki; Hillsborough Ford; Interpose, LLC; Architectural Doors and Windows.

Contacts

John Carpenter
Business Law
207-774-1200
Wayne Tumlin
Business Law
207-774-1200
Robert Keach
Business Restructuring and Insolvency
207-774-1200
David Ray
Construction
207-774-1200
David Ray
Dispute Resolution
207-774-1200
Patricia Peard
Education
207-774-1200
Gordon Grimes
Energy
207-774-1200
Jeffrey Thaler
Environmental and Natural Resources
207-774-1200
Philip Gleason
Finance
207-774-1200
Kenneth Lehman
Health Care
207-774-1200
George Hepner
Immigration
207-774-1200
Jack Montgomery
Insurance
207-774-1200
Todd Holbrook
Intellectual Property
207-774-1200
Fred Lipp
International
207-774-1200
Lou Butterfield
Labor and Employment
207-774-1200
Daniel Riley
Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
207-623-1596
John Paterson
Litigation
207-774-1200
Patricia Peard
Litigation
207-774-1200
Patrick Scully
Municipal Law
207-774-1200
Jaimie Schwartz
Real Estate
207-774-1200
Nelson Toner
Tax
207-774-1200
Tony Perkins
Technology
207-774-1200
Karen Lovell
Trusts and Estates
207-774-1200

Firm Practice Areas

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Economic Development Law
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Franchise Law
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Health Care Law
  • Labor and Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Nonprofit / Charities Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Project Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law

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Office Locations

United States

United States

Maine

Maine

Augusta, ME

146 Capitol Street

P.O. Box 5057

Augusta, ME 04332-5057

United States

(207) 623.1596

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Portland, ME

West Tower

100 Middle Street

P.O. Box 9729

Portland, ME 04104-5029

United States

(207) 774.1200

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New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Manchester, NH

Jefferson Mill Building, Suite 108

670 North Commercial Street

P.O. Box 1120

Manchester, NH 03105-1120

United States

(603) 623.8700

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