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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 Harmon 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.

Tim Benoit 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 Harmon 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

 

Dawn Harmon 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 Harmon 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; 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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November 2011: New England Super Lawyers Includes Five Perkins Thompson Attorneys

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Perkins Thompson is pleased to announce that New England Super Lawyers has selected five of its attorneys for inclusion in its November 2011 edition: Fred W. Bopp III, in the fields of Bankruptcy, Creditor-Debtor Rights and Business Litigation; John A. Hobson, in the field of Construction Litigation and Personal Injury Defense; Philip C. Hunt, in the fields of Trusts and Estates and Probate; J. Gordon Scannell, Jr., in the field of Real Estate; and John S. Upton, in the fields of Business and Corporate law

 

Business Partner of the Year, 2011 Award to Perkins Thompson

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Business Partner of the Year, 2011 Award to Perkins Thompson, for Jim Katsiaficas’ and Julie Ray’s work to create the Long Creek Watershed Management District

At its Annual Meeting, the County Soil & Water Conservation District presented Perkins Thompson with its “Business Partner of the Year, 2011” Award, thanking Jim Katsiaficas and Julie Ray for developing an agreement among Portland, South Portland, Scarborough and Westbrook to establish the Long Creek Watershed Management District and agreements for participating landowners, as part of the effort to to restore Long Creek, which has been designated an “urban impaired stream.”

The goal of the Long Creek Watershed Management District is to implement a first in the nation stormwater management program to address stormwater impacts through a collaborative effort with public entities and private businesses, including municipalities, local businesses within the Long Creek watershed, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)