Bernstein Shur

Portland Office

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CEO: Patrick Scully
Senior Shareholder: Leonard M. Nelson
Number of shareholders: 71
Total number of attorneys: 124

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1915, Bernstein Shur is a New England-based law firm that advises clients from across the US and around the world. The firm’s 120+ award-winning attorneys and professionals practice in more than 29 critical areas and a variety of industries.

Main Areas of Practice:

The firm’s business attorneys routinely advise clients in a wide range of transactions, including service agreements, mergers, acquisitions and reorganization transactions spanning the energy, health care, manufacturing, distribution, technology, direct response, internet, financial services, securities, entertainment and automotive industries. The group also focuses on domestic and international outsourcing, distribution and supply transactions, private and public capital raising projects for both public and private entities, including early, mid, and late-stage financing, partnership agreements and joint ventures, leases and product development agreements.

Business Restructuring & Insolvency:
The firm’s business restructuring and insolvency attorneys represent clients throughout the United States, including the busy reorganization courts in Delaware and the Southern District of New York. Within New England, the group plays a significant role in the majority of business bankruptcy and Chapter 11 cases filed, with an emphasis on the representation of debtors in Chapter 11, as well as purchasers of assets. Outside New England, members of the group have represented asset purchasers in section 363 and plan sales of assets, as well as major parties-in-interest in Chapter 11 cases and business bankruptcy-related litigation.

The firm’s construction attorneys handle all aspects of construction law from contract drafting, negotiation and competitive bidding issues to the development and presentation of claims, mediation, arbitration and litigation, mechanics’ liens and insurance coverage issues.

Energy & Environmental:
The firm’s experienced, interdisciplinary energy practice includes independent generation, merchant transmission, contract negotiation, governmental approvals and permitting, negotiation of insurance coverage, control of real estate for linear and nonlinear projects and tax valuations of energy assets for abatement or economic impacts. The environmental attorneys practice endangered species compliance and litigation, environmental permitting and compliance, and due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.

Financial Services & Securities:
Bernstein Shur’s financial services and securities attorneys offer counseling in transactional, regulatory, and compliance matters involving investment management industry participants including investment advisers, banks, mutual funds, hedge funds, exchange traded funds (ETFs), private equity funds and independent fund directors.

Intellectual Property & Technology:
The firm’s intellectual property and technology team has developed a cost-effective, systematic approach to the defense and enforcement of its client’s intellectual property rights, including trademark rights, proceedings before the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and UDRP proceedings via ICANN in relation to domain name disputes and copyright claims including online and social media enforcement and defense, trade secret misappropriation actions and unfair and deceptive trade practice claims. The firm’s technology attorneys focus on software licensing, outsourcing transaction services, cloud computing and information security.

Labor & Employment:
Bernstein Shur’s labor and employment attorneys counsel a broad range of public and private sector clients in the municipal, healthcare, financial services, retail, non-profit and food and beverage industries. As the largest group of labor and employment attorneys north of Boston, this practice group also represents clients in employment litigation, labor negotiations, collective bargaining, NLRB and MLRB work, and provides ERISA, benefits and executive compensation advice. This practice group also includes a nationallyrecognized Title IX investigation practice, which is actively involved in numerous high profile and highly publicized investigations around the country.

Legislative & Political:
The firm’s legislative attorneys represent clients before the Maine Legislature, state and federal agencies on matters as diverse as renewable energy generation, election reform and telecommunications. The firm’s political law practice includes campaign management, strategic communications and crisis management, political organizing, media, training, speech writing and social media engagement.

The firm’s experienced and sophisticated litigators provide results-oriented representation in a broad array of matters, including commercial and business disputes, securities litigation, products liability, real estate, personal injury, and municipal litigation. The firm works closely with lawyers in the firm’s other practice groups in order to meet the needs of clients across a wide range of industries. The firm’s services include trials, arbitrations, mediations and negotiations, as well as counsel on litigation avoidance and risk management. The firm has earned our reputation for achieving cost-effective solutions to achieve clients’ business objectives.

Municipal & Governmental Services:
The firm’s nationally-recognized municipal team is one of the largest groups of its kind in the region, providing seasoned, responsive counsel to local governments and private clients on a wide variety of subjects, including land use, municipal litigation, public finance, economic development, and property tax and valuation.

Real Estate:
The firm’s real estate practice includes energy projects, with a focus on site control and title for wind, solar, hydroelectric, natural gas and biomass, transmission corridor and right-of-way. Commercial development and leasing work includes office, retail, mixed-use, hospitality, industrial, condominium development, litigation/resolution of real estate conflicts, tax-enhanced, tax increment, and new market tax credit financed projects, and commercial finance. The firm also has a strong timberland and conservation practice.

Trusts & Estates:
The firm’s trusts and estates attorneys provide the full spectrum of estate planning services such as preparing wills, trusts and powers of attorney, helping with business succession, assisting with domicile moves to lower tax jurisdictions, selection of fiduciaries, and general strategic advice regarding charitable planning. The practice also includes general fiduciary representation, dispute resolution and litigation representing fiduciaries, families, individuals and institutions involving the management and disposition of property held in estates and trusts.

International Work: 
Bernstein Shur’s attorneys engage in dispute resolution, commercial negotiation and government relations throughout the industrial and developing world. As Maine’s exclusive member of Lex Mundi, the leading association of independent law firms, the firm is able to call on the resources, expertise and local knowledge of member firms worldwide.