Hale Melnick and Alexander Porter were hired as associates at Verrill Dana. Both previously served as summer associates.
Melnick previously served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Paul J. Barbadoro of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. He was later a judicial extern to the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Porter is a former legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Angus King. Previously, he worked as a judicial intern for U.S. District Court Judge Jon Levy for the District of Maine.



Elizabeth Hunt joined Murray Plumb & Murray as a partner.
Hunt will focus on areas of trust and estate planning and administration. In addition, she will help clients with business and corporate law and real estate, finance and real estate succession planning.
Most recently, she worked at McLane Middleton in New Hampshire.

Sage Friedman also joined the firm as an attorney.
Friedman served as a clerk for the firm in 2016, and returned after his recent graduation from the University of Maine School of Law. He brings more than 15 years of business experience as an entrepreneur and a consultant in New York City and Maine.
For the last nine years, Friedman was a principal at Fire Lane 17, a Maine company that offered long-term consulting services to select entrepreneurs, investors and small businesses.

Meryl Poulin joined Preti Flaherty’s litigation practice in its Portland office.
Poulin graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 2017.

Eliza Mette of Portland joined Kozak & Gayer P.A., in Augusta where she will maintain a general health law practice.
Mette recently graduated from the University of Maine School of Law, where she received the school’s Health Law Award.


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Sarah Yantakosol Gayer, an attorney at Thompson Bowie & Hatch, was appointed chair of the American Bar Association Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee.
Gayer will serve a one-year term. She practices admiralty and maritime law and professional liability defense in Portland.


Peter Schroeter, an attorney at Shaheen & Gordon P.A., was selected as chair of the Maine State Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Section.
Schroeter, who serves as counsel at the firm’s Saco and Portland offices, has more than 35 years of legal experience as a trial lawyer and mediator.

The following Thompson Bowie & Hatch attorneys were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 edition: Jim Bowie, Robert Hatch, Rebecca Farnum and Leonard Langer.

Berman & Simmons received a Tier 1 ranking by U.S. News – Best Lawyers.
The firm was recognized for its work in medical malpractice law for plaintiffs, personal injury litigation for plaintiffs, and commercial litigation.

New England Super Lawyers selected 11 Berman & Simmons attorneys for its 2017 directory.
Attorneys Benjamin Gideon, Daniel Kagan, Jodi Nofsinger, Steven Silin, and Julian Sweet were recognized as ‘Super Lawyers’ for excellence in representing clients in personal injury and medical malpractice cases.

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Steven Silin

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Attorneys Taylor Asen, Travis Brennan, Miriam Johnson, Timothy Kenlan, Dov Sacks and Esther Yoo were recognized as ‘Rising Stars’.

Perkins Thompson announced that 12 of its attorneys are listed in U.S. News & World Report – The Best Lawyers in America 2018
Timothy Benoit, Fred Bopp III, Randy Creswell, Melissa Hanley Murphy, John Hobson, Phil Hunt, James Katsiaficas, Peggy McGehee, Paul Pietropaoli, William Sheils, Mark Snow and John Upton have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018.
The firm also achieved a Tier 1 regional ranking by Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2018 in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights; insolvency and reorganization law; corporate law; banking, finance and bankruptcy litigation; and real estate law.

Shaheen & Gordon P.A., announced it was recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers with a “Best Law Firms” rankings.
Several practice areas were recognized in the metropolitan designations. Law firms that are included in the rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process, including client and peer reviews.

The 2017 edition of New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars has recognized 48 Verrill Dana attorneys for excellence in their individual areas of practice.
In addition, Karen Frink Wolf was again included in the Top 100 New England Super Lawyers and listed in the Top 50 Women this year.
For more information on the attorneys recognized, go to

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