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Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson

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



With offices in Maine and New Hampshire, Bernstein Shur is home to 120 lawyers and has been a mainstay in New England for more than 100 years. It has expanded from a focus on litigation to expertise in areas such as corporate, energy and environment, labor and employment, real estate, tax, and trusts and estates. And the firm has broadened its scope to a global level as a member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

100 - 150


No. of Partners Named (2022)



Featured Rankings

Top 150 Under 150


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2022)



No. of Summer Associates (2022)

6 total (4 2Ls; 2 1Ls)


Base Salary

All offices

About the Firm

With more than 120 lawyers and three New England offices, Bernstein Shur focuses on over 20 key areas across a variety of industries. The firm is Maine’s exclusive member of Lex Mundi.

Made in Maine

Bernstein Shur was born of a merger in 1964 between two New England firms: Bernstein, Bernstein & Nelson and Shur & Sawyer. The former dates back to 1915 when Israel Bernstein began a solo practice in Portland, ME. He was joined by his brother, Louis, in 1930 with an aim to become a force in real estate, probate, and commercial. The pair was later joined by Israel's son Sumner after WWII and to-be named partner Leonard Nelson in the 1960s.Around the same time Louis and Israel were getting together, Barnett Shur was founded in 1930 in Portland by municipal lawyer Barney S...

Diversity at 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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