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Perkins Thompson Represents the Maine Red Claws in the Sale of the Franchise to the Boston Celtics

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Julie Ray and the Perkins Thompson team represented the Maine Red Claws in the sale of the NBA G League franchise to the Boston Celtics, which was announced publicly on October 15, 2019.  Maine Red Claws former Chairman and principal owner, Bill Ryan, Jr., who was instrumental in founding the Portland team in 2009, expressed his satisfaction with the transition to the Celtics.  Ryan praised Ray and Perkins Thompson for their work:  “Julie and the attorneys at Perkins Thompson did a tremendous job working for over a year on complex negotiations with the Celtics’ attorneys and with the NBA G League.  I’m very pleased with the results.”

Perkins Thompson and Maine Center for Elder Law Combine to Offer Expanded Services

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Dear Clients, Partners, and Friends:

Perkins Thompson and Maine Center for Elder Law are excited to announce their recent combination. Established in 1871, Perkins Thompson has been providing outstanding legal services to U.S. and Canadian businesses, institutions, governmental entities, and individuals for nearly 150 years.  Maine Center for Elder Law, led by attorneys Barbara Schlichtman and Marty Womer, is a highly regarded elder law, trusts and estates, and special needs planning practice based in Kennebunk, and will continue as a practice of Perkins Thompson.  The knowledge and expertise of Maine Center for Elder Law’s attorneys and staff are a wonderful addition to Perkins Thompson’s well-established trusts and estates practice.

This combination brings together the strengths of two dynamic firms, creating greater value for current and potential clients by offering expanded services and community engagement, and convenient office locations in both Portland and Kennebunk.

Please reach out to Tim Benoit, Phil Hunt, Barbara Schlichtman and Marty Womer for your trust, estate and elder law or special needs planning.

Perkins Thompson congratulates Christopher Kouza and Joseph Caradonna of Maine Hotel Holdings LLC on the groundbreaking of the Cambria Hotel

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Perkins Thompson would like to congratulate Christopher Kouza and Joseph Caradonna of Maine Hotel Holdings LLC on the groundbreaking of the Cambria Hotel.  John Upton, Brandon Mazer, Pete McDonell and Julie Ray at Perkins Thompson assisted Mr. Kouza and Mr. Caradonna in negotiating the ground lease and financing the construction for the Cambria Hotel and look forward to its addition to the vibrant Portland hotel scene.

Read the full press release here.

Dawn Harmon contributes to MCLE New England’s book, A Practical Guide to Employment Law in Maine

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Dawn Harmon discusses Wage and Hour Law in MCLE New England’s A Practical Guide to Employment Law in Maine.  According to MCLE, this first publication also covers the topics of risk avoidance, employment agreements, workplace privacy, discrimination claims, leave policies, accommodation with regard to disability and religious observance, and pursuing issues before the Maine Human Rights Commission.

Dave McConnell honored for pro bono trademark work on behalf of Crooked Face Creamery through Legal Food Hub program

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Dave McConnell was recently honored for his pro bono trademark work on behalf of Crooked Face Creamery, a family-owned cheesemaker in Norridgewock, Maine.  Dave advised Crooked Face in connection with the Legal Food Hub program of the Conservation Law Foundation.  The Portland Press Herald chose the Legal Food Hub  as a 2019 winner of a Source Maine Sustainability Award, highlighting Dave’s work in a feature-length article in the newspaper.

You can read the full story here.

John Hobson appointed to Chair of Governor Mills’ Judicial Nominations Advisory Committee

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John Hobson has been appointed to Chair of Governor Mills’ Judicial Nominations Advisory Committee, commonly referred to as the Governor’s Judicial Selection Committee.  The Committee is responsible for evaluating and advising the Governor on potential candidates for judicial appointments and reappointments on Maine’s District and Superior Courts as well as for the Maine Supreme Court.  John has been a member of this Committee since 2002, spanning both Democrat and Republican administrations.  Perkins Thompson congratulates John on his appointment and his service to the State of Maine.

Dawn Harmon selected to serve on United States District Court of Maine’s Civil Discourse Program Committee

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Dawn Harmon has been selected to serve on the United States District Court of Maine’s Civil Discourse Program Committee.  The Committee was formed to launch a pilot project, Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions.  For high school and college students, Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions is a national initiative of the federal courts that brings these students into federal courthouses for legal proceedings that stem from situations in which law-abiding young people can find themselves.

Perkins Thompson is pleased to be a sponsor of the 8th Annual Little Black Dress Event hosted by Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

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Perkins Thompson is pleased to be a sponsor of the 8th Annual Little Black Dress Event hosted by Goodwill of Northern New England for the benefit of Goodwill’s Veterans Access Fund.  This year’s event, which will include a fashion show, live and silent auctions, music, and hors d’oeuvres, will be held on Thursday, April 25th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Portland’s Ocean Gateway.  Click here to find out more about how you can attend and help us to support Goodwill’s Veterans Access Fund.

Dawn Harmon to host educational session: “From #metoo to Meaningful Change”

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Dawn Harmon will host a training session, From #metoo to Meaningful Change, where she will discuss methods that businesses can use to successfully handle sexual harassment complaints while protecting their companies.

This free event, sponsored by the Biddeford +Saco Chamber of Commerce + Industry, will be held at the Hampton Inn, 48 Industrial Park Road, Saco, on February 13, 2019, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.  Continental breakfast will be provided.

Brandon Mazer travels to UK for Leeds International Beer Festival

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During Brandon Mazer’s time as President of the Maine Brewers’ Guild, he worked with the Board and Executive Director, Sean Sullivan, to launch the Maine Beer Box.  The Maine Beer Box is a custom-built 40-foot refrigerated shipping container with 78 beer taps and draft system, with the goal of bringing Maine beer to a different country every year.   In June 2017, Brandon traveled with the Guild to Reykjavik, Iceland where the Guild hosted the largest beer festival in Icelandic history and lead to a number of collaborations between Maine and Icelandic brewers.

This year, the Maine Beer Box is traveling to Leeds, England where it will be featured at the Leeds International Beer Festival. Brandon will be joining over 65 Maine breweries, including many who are clients of Perkins Thompson, to attend the festival and use his in-depth knowledge of alcohol compliance in the United States to develop business relationships with breweries in the United Kingdom that may be looking to bring their beers to the US, as well as work with Maine brewers who may want to export to the UK.

Upon his return, Brandon will be guest lecturing in Thomas Brems’ course at the University of Maine Law School: Topics in Legal Practice: Import/Export.

Ten Perkins Thompson Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2019

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The following Perkins Thompson attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019:

Additionally, John A. Hobson was named the Best Lawyers® 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” for Construction Litigation in Portland, Maine.

Best Lawyers® bases its listings on a peer review process, in which researchers ask leading attorneys from specific practice areas and geographic regions about the professional abilities of their colleagues.

Dawn Harmon to lead workshop “From #metoo to Meaningful Change: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace”

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Dawn Harmon will lead a workshop, entitled “From #metoo to Meaningful Change: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” at the 2018 Startup Maine conference.  An incredibly timely topic in the startup community (and around the country), the workshop will focus on identifying and addressing sexual harassment (or other unhealthy behavior) in the workplace by shifting the focus from legal compliance to meaningful cultural changes.

 

 

Dave McConnell and Dawn Harmon will be presenters at the Maine HR Convention’s “HR as a Data Breach Target: In the Bullseye”

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Dave McConnell and Dawn Harmon will be presenters at “HR as a Data Breach Target: In the Bullseye” on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 from 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm at the Samoset resort in Rockport.

According to the Maine HR Convention, “Over 90% of cyber-attacks stem from information provided by employees about their organizations! HR departments in Maine have been targeted by thieves seeking to steal employee information. This program aims directly at HR management. How do we prevent employee caused data breaches and how do we plan and implement a legal response to a data breach – inadvertent or otherwise? David McConnell of Perkins Thompson, P.A. and Jane Carpenter of Maine Identity Services, LLC have helped organizations respond to such data breaches. At the Samoset, they will help you avoid common employee mistakes that may cause a breach, and in the event of one, plan for the legal aspects of a breach. The focus will be twofold – looking at people and processes. Discover the specific information desired by thieves, the best practices to protect against a breach, the protocols once a breach occurs… and the $7 piece of equipment that can eliminate most data breaches.”

Register for the Maine HR Convention and this event.

Dave McConnell panelist for Legal Food Hub’s CLE: Navigating IP Issues Faced by Farm and Food Businesses

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Dave McConnell will be a panelist for Legal Food Hub’s CLE: Navigating IP Issues Faced by Farm and Food Businesses, featuring two panel discussions: An Overview of Intellectual Property Law for Farm and Food Businesses and The Application of Trademark Law in the Farm and Food Context.  The CLE will be held Wednesday, May 16 from 8:45 – 11:00 a.m. at the offices of Pierce Atwood, 254 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine.  Registration is free and the course is worth 2 CLE credits.

If you would like to register, please email Phelps Turner, Maine Legal Food Hub Coordinator.

Dawn Harmon’s MaineBiz article discusses new USDOL framework for determining if an intern needs to be paid

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Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor adopted a new “primary beneficiary” test for determining whether an intern or student qualifies as an employee, and thus, needs to be paid. In her article, How to: Comply with Department of Labor’s 7 Rules for Internships, Dawn examines the current factors employers should use to determine an intern’s status and offers guidance to employers in designing a compliant internship program.

Dawn Harmon will be the panelist for Part 5 of the Biddeford + Saco Chamber of Commerce + Industry’s six-part series on Employment Law

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Dawn Harmon will be the panelist for Part 5 of the Biddeford + Saco Chamber of Commerce + Industry’s six-part series on Employment Law.  Dawn will address best practices for employers, including classification of employees, the importance of handbooks, disciplinary actions, and terminations.

The event will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 AM EST at the Hampton Inn, 48 Industrial Road, in Saco, Maine.  The cost is $25 for members and $35.00 for non-members and includes a hot breakfast from 7:00 – 7:30.

If you would like to register for this event, please e-mail pj@biddefordsacochamber.org.

Tim Benoit and Emily White will be presenters at St. Joseph’s College CPA Workshop

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Tim Benoit and Emily White will be presenters at St. Joseph’s College CPA Workshop.  The CPA Workshop is designed for accounting professionals who need continuing education credits to meet professional licensing requirements, and will cover current tax laws, accounting issues, and ethics matters.

As part of the Workshop, Tim will give an overview of the types of tax-free reorganizations available to S Corporations and C Corporations. He will also provide examples of situations when one or more of those types can be useful.

Emily will be giving a presentation on the process of representing a client in an Offer in Compromise with the IRS.  Emily will also be presenting on recent changes in Federal and Maine state tax laws.

The CPA Workshop will be held at St. Joseph’s College, 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish, ME  04084 on September 14, 2017 from 7:00am – 4:00pm.  Follow the link below to register if you would like to attend this event.

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Seven Perkins Thompson attorneys receive AV Preeminent® Peer Review Ratings™ from Martindale-Hubbell®

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The following Perkins Thompson attorneys have received AV Preeminent® Peer Review Ratings™ from Martindale-Hubbell®:

Timothy P. Benoit
Fred W. Bopp III
Phil Hunt
David B. McConnell
Peggy L. McGehee
Melissa Hanley Murphy
John S. Upton

AV Preeminent® is the highest peer rating standard awarded by Martindale-Hubbell®. This rating signifies that the lawyer’s reviewed peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

Eleven Perkins Thompson attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

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The following Perkins Thompson lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018:

Timothy P. Benoit:  Tax Law
Fred W. Bopp III:  Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
Melissa Hanley Murphy:  Real Estate Law
John A. Hobson:  Construction; Litigation – Construction
Phil Hunt:  Litigation –Trust and Estates; Trust and Estates
James N. Katsiaficas:  Administrative/Regulatory Law; Municipal Law
Peggy L. McGehee:  Real Estate Law
Paul D. Pietropaoli:  Real Estate Law
William J. Sheils:  Corporate Law; Employment Law – Management
Mark P. Snow:  Banking and Finance Law
John S. Upton:  Corporate Law

Best Lawyers® bases its listings on a peer review process, in which researchers ask leading attorneys from specific practice areas and geographic regions about the professional abilities of their colleagues.

Perkins Thompson welcomes associate Ian C. Green

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Perkins Thompson is pleased to welcome Ian C. Green as its newest associate. Ian is a 2016 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and the recipient of the prestigious Kenneth R. Clegg Award for Excellence for passing the February 2017 bar examination with the highest combined score of any applicant in their first attempt. As a member of the firm’s Business and Immigration practice groups, Ian offers a wide range of business law services, with a particular interest in helping entrepreneurs translate new visions into entity structures designed to achieve their goals.

Dawn M. Harmon, Esq. will be the Panelist for “Under the Influence in the Workplace?”

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Dawn Harmon will be the panelist for Part 3 of the Biddeford + Saco Chamber of Commerce + Industry’s six-part series on Employment Law.  Dawn will address the proper workplace policies and procedures businesses need in order to effectively combat drug and alcohol use in the workplace.

The event will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 AM EST at the Hampton Inn, 48 Industrial Road, in Saco, Maine.  The cost is $25 for members and $35.00 for non-members and includes a hot breakfast from 7:00 – 7:30.

If you would like to register for this event, please e-mail pj@biddefordsacochamber.org.

Chris Dargie to Serve as Panelist for “Brewing Up a Small Business: Legal Issues Affecting Maine’s Craft Breweries”

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Chris Dargie is scheduled to serve as a panelist for the Cumberland Bar Association’s “Brewing Up a Small Business: Legal Issues Affecting Maine’s Craft Breweries.” This panel discussion, which is worth 1.5 CLE credits, will provide a survey of the legal issues facing Maine’s brewers, including startup, corporate, and employment issues.

The event will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017, from 4:00 – 5:30 PM EST at PretiFlaherty, One City Center, Portland, Maine. The cost is $50.00 for CBA members and $75.00 for non-members.

If you would like to attend this event, please click here to download a registration form.

Timothy P. Benoit, Esq. will be a Panelist for “ART of Family Business” Workshop

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Tim Benoit will be a panelist for the “How to Kick Start Your Succession Plan” section of the three-part ART of Family Business workshop led by the Institute for Family-Owned Business.  Sponsored in part by Perkins Thompson, the ART of Family Business workshop will provide education on the Institute’s Action/Reaction/Traction (“ART”) approach to managing and growing family businesses.  As part of the panel, Tim will offer valuable insight on the obstacles to succession planning, questions to ask, and sources to turn to for guidance.

“How to Kick Start Your Succession Plan” will be held at Husson University, Southern Campus, 340 County Road in Westbrook, Maine on July 19, 2017 from 8:30 AM EST to 10:30 AM EST.  Follow the link below to register if you would like to attend this event.  Breakfast will be served.

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Dawn M. Harmon, Esq. joins the York County Federal Credit Union Board of Directors

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Dawn M. Harmon, Esq. has accepted an invitation to join the York County Federal Credit Union Board of Directors.  Founded in 1954, York County FCU continues to grow and evolve to meet the financial needs of the communities it serves.  Dawn looks forward to the opportunities abound in building new relationships among the York County FCU Board of Directors as well as members of the York County communities.

Perkins Thompson Attorneys Contribute to MCLE New England’s Book, A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Maine

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Perkins Thompson attorneys Philip C. Hunt, Timothy P. Benoit, Lauren B. Weliver, John W. Masland, and Emily T. White have contributed portions of MCLE New England’s recently updated version of A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Maine.  According to MCLE, “The authors and editors were carefully selected from a spectrum of private practices from Auburn to Waterville and Portland to Norway, to bring you their best practices, caveats, and explanations of some of the most complex concepts in estate planning law in the State of Maine.”

Phil Hunt served as the book’s editor, as well as author of the chapters “Charitable Giving Outright and In Trust” and “Postmortem Estate Planning”.  Tim Benoit, assisted by John Masland and Emily White, discussed business succession planning in “Basic Strategies to Preserve and Protect the Family Business”.  Lauren Weliver authored the updates to “Life Insurance and Estate Planning”, and Emily White composed “Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples: Selected Issues”.

Perkins Thompson is proud of the contributions of its attorneys to A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Maine.  If you would like to purchase a copy of this publication, please visit the following link:

MCLE New England

 

Perkins Thompson Paralegal Amanda L. Robertshaw Appointed to South Portland Affordable Housing Committee

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Perkins Thompson paralegal Amanda Robertshaw has been appointed as a Member At-large to the City of South Portland’s Affordable Housing Ad-Hoc Committee.  The Committee was formed in 2016 by the City Council in response to the growing issues of quantity, accessibility, and affordability of rental housing in South Portland.  Amanda will fill one of four required citizen vacancies and plans to leverage her experience gained from assisting attorneys with foreclosures and related issues.

 

Dawn. M. Harmon, Esq. will be a panelist for 7th annual Mainebiz Women’s Leadership Forum on April 6

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Dawn Harmon will be a panelist for the Mainebiz Women’s Leadership Forum to be held Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EST.  The event, sponsored in part by Perkins Thompson, will take place at the Abromson Center (Hannaford Hall), 88 Bedford Street, in Portland.  This year’s forum focuses on strategies for bridging the gender wage gap in Maine and features several other local panelists and guest speakers.

Dawn maintains an active employment law practice, including assisting clients with discrimination, wrongful discharge and wage and hour claims before the Maine Human Rights Commission, as well as representing clients in litigation matters in state and federal courts.

Breakfast is included with registration.

Follow the link below to register and be a part of this important event.

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Perkins Thompson is pleased to be a sponsor of the 6th Annual Little Black Dress Event hosted by Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

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Perkins Thompson is pleased to be a sponsor of the 6th Annual Little Black Dress Event hosted by Goodwill Industries of Northern New England for the benefit of Goodwill’s Veterans Fund.  This year’s event, which will include a fashion show, live and silent auctions, music, and hors d’oeuvres, will be held on Thursday, April 27th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Portland’s Ocean Gateway.  Follow the link below to find out more about how you can attend and support Goodwill’s Veterans Fund.

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Dawn M. Harmon, Esq. to host webinar on March 7 on employee misuse of social media in the workplace

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On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. EST, Dawn Harmon will host an informative webinar on employee misuse of social media in the workplace.  During this webinar, Dawn will discuss the current legal climate of social media workplace policy, as well as provide tips for how employers can proactively manage social media use and address employee social media mishaps.  If you would like to attend this webinar, please register using the link below.

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Eleven Perkins Thompson lawyers are listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017, and two are selected as “Lawyer of the Year”

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The following Perkins Thompson lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017:

Fred Bopp is named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Portland, Maine.

Phil Hunt has been recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2017 Litigation – Trusts and Estates Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Portland, Maine.

Best Lawyers® bases its listings on a peer review process, in which researchers ask leading lawyers from specific practice areas and geographic regions about the professional abilities of their colleagues. In addition, Best Lawyers selects only one attorney in each practice category and designated geographic region as their “Lawyer of the Year,” making this recognition especially noteworthy.

Seven Perkins Thompson lawyers receive AV Preeminent® Peer Review Ratings™ from Martindale-Hubbell®

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The following Perkins Thompson lawyers have received AV Preeminent® Peer Review Ratingsfrom Martindale-Hubbell®:  Timothy Benoit, Fred Bopp III,  Philip Hunt, David McConnell, Peggy McGehee, Melissa Murphy, and John Upton.

AV Preeminent® is the highest peer rating standard awarded by Martindale-Hubbell®. This rating signifies that the lawyer’s reviewed peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

Four Perkins Thompson lawyers are included on the 2016 New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists

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The following Perkins Thompson lawyers have been included on the 2016 New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists:

  • Gordon Scannell – listed as a Super Lawyers for Real Estate (listed from 2008-2009 and 2011 – 2016)
  • Dawn Harmon – listed as a Rising Star for Civil Litigation (2013-2016)
  • Joseph Talbot – listed as a Rising Star for Construction Litigation (2016)

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication, honors lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi‐phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

SSG Closes Lincoln Paper & Tissue, LLC Sale Transaction

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Fred W. Bopp III and Lauren B. Weliver are serving as co-counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Debtor, Lincoln Paper & Tissue, LLC, pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine. In that capacity, they represented the Committee with respect to the Section 363 sale of substantially all the Debtor’s assets to Gordon Brothers Commercial & Industrial, LLC, Capital Recovery Group, LLC, PPL Group, LLC, and Rabin Worldwide, Inc. The Bankruptcy Court approved the sale and it was consummated in December 2015. Perkins Thompson, P.A. continues to serve as co-counsel to the Committee as the case moves forward.

SSG Closes Lincoln Paper & Tissue, LLC Sale Transaction

Perkins Thompson attorney elected to the board of trustees of the Portland Water District

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The firm congratulates Joe Siviski of the firm’s business and litigation groups on his November 2015 election to the board of trustees of the Portland Water District. Joe represents the municipalities of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth, and will serve a term of five years. The Portland Water District was founded over a century ago and currently supplies water service to nearly 200,000 people in 11 different Maine communities. For more information, see https://www.pwd.org/.

Congratulations to E2Tech

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Congratulations to E2Tech, who received the “Startup Supporter of the Year” award at the 2015 Green Tie Gala hosted by the Northeast Clean Energy Council in Cambridge, MA. The Green Tie Gala is the premier clean energy event in the Northeastern United States, bringing together over 400 CEOs, investors, and public officials to recognize the region’s business leaders. Jim Katsiaficas, a director at Perkins Thompson, serves as Chair of E2Tech’s Board of Directors.
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