Bernstein Shur is one of northern New England's largest multi-service law firms, with more than 100 attorneys in Portland and Augusta, Maine and Manchester, New Hampshire. Established in 1915, the firm provides practical legal counsel to a diverse group of public and private clients throughout the region and around the world. Bernstein Shur attorneys share a commitment to excellence and an unwavering dedication to client success.
Clients in a variety of unique and challenging commercial endeavors turn to Bernstein Shur for its expertise and experience in the areas of business law, real estate, construction law, business restructuring and insolvency, tax law, employment law, intellectual property, and finance. In order to respond swiftly and effectively to evolving client needs, Bernstein Shur provides commercial legal services at the industry and trade-group level in addition to traditional practice areas.
Bernstein Shur's litigation practice is broad-based, with representation for both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts in New England and throughout the United States. The firm's Municipal and Legislative practice is the largest, longest-serving, and most experienced group of its kind in the state of Maine. Bernstein Shur's international practice includes representation relating to cross-border transactions and matters in Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, India, Australia, and Asia. As a member of Lex Mundi, the world's leading association of independent law firms, the firm is able to call upon the services of member firms in virtually every nation in the world.
Recognizing that today's business environment often requires specialized non-legal services, Bernstein Shur launched several consulting affiliates to work hand-in-hand with its attorneys. The firm's commercial, litigation, and municipal practices are complemented by the services of Stratex Energy, an environmental and engineering consultancy; Bernstein Shur Government Solutions, a wholly-owned government consulting unit; and Monument Title Company.
Widely regarded as one of New England's most entrepreneurial firms, Bernstein Shur strives to provide its clients with exceptional legal services. The Firm has achieved the highest rating for legal ability in Martindale-Hubbell, and more than half of its shareholders are listed in Best Lawyers in America, described by Corporate Counsel magazine as "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice". Bernstein Shur is also one of the few firms in northern New England to be represented in all rating categories of Chambers USA, the definitive directory of business attorneys in the United States. In addition, the firm's attorneys hold leadership positions in many charitable, political, bar, and civic associations.