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Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson


"Diversity is one of Bernstein Shur’s core values and is an important component of the firm’s strategic plan. We believe that recognizing and celebrating individual differences across a wide spectrum of attributes encourages greater creativity, enabling our professionals to produce better results for clients in a socially responsible workplace. The firm’s Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer are committed to sustaining a dynamic work environment where attorneys and staff can realize their full potential irrespective of race,..."

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Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson

100 Middle Street
P.O. Box 9729
Portland, ME 04104-5029
Phone: (207) 774-1200

Firm Stats

CEO: Joan M. Fortin
Hiring Partner: Lindsay Leone
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
100 - 150
No. of Partners Named 2020:

Base Salary

All offices
1st year: $95,000
2nd year: $97,000
3rd year: $100,000
*Not lock step beyond 3rd year
Summer Associate: Approximately $1,820/week

Employment Contact

Elijah Washburn
Marketing Coordinator
(207) 228-7162
General Recruiting Email:

No. of U.S. Offices: 3

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Augusta, ME
Manchester, NH
Portland, ME (HQ)

Major Departments

Business Law
Business Restructuring and Insolvency
Energy & Environmental
Government and Public Affairs
Labor & Employment
Real Estate
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.