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Richard S. Berne

Criminal defense Attorney at Portland, ME

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  • State Years
    Maine - ME 31 years
    New York - NY 48 years
    Massachusetts - MA 18 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State ME
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 48 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1975
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2006
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Richard Berne | Portland Maine Lawyer

Mr. Berne has been practicing criminal law for over forty-two years. He received a B.S. degree from Harvard College, cum laude, in 1970 and his law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1974.

Prior to establishing his office in Portland, Maine, Mr. Berne served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York and the Northern District of California, where he prosecuted cases involving narcotics, bank fraud, and various white collar crimes. Upon leaving the Government in 1981, he entered private practice with a nationally prominent white collar defense firm in New York City and, in 1992, established his own law practice in Portland, Maine.

Mr. Berne specializes in the defense of criminal cases in Federal and State Courts in Maine, Massschusetts, Vermont, and New York. These cases have included investigations and prosecutions of complex narcotics cases, child pornography, fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering, as well as driving, assault, and unlawful sexual conduct matters. He also specializes in Pardon and clemency matters.  Additionally, he has an active civil litigation practice, primarily in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury law.

He is a member of the Maine, Massachusetts, and New York State Bars; is admitted to Federal courts in these jurisdictions; and has taught CLE courses in Federal and State practice in Maine and elsewhere.

Mr. Berne has also served on the boards of various civic and charitable organizations in the Greater Portland area.


Law Offices of Richard S. Berne
482 Congress Street
Suite 402
Portland, ME, 04101

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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Richard S. Berne Portland, ME
  • 1992 - Present
  • Partner
  • Law Office of Richard Berne New York, NY
  • 1981 - 1992
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • United States Attorney's Office, Northern District Of California
  • 1978 - 1981
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • United States Attorneys Office Eastern District Of New York
  • 1976 - 1978
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  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • Harvard University Law School
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1972 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best of Portland
  • Maine Today
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Federal Sentencing
  • 2011
  • CLE
  • White Collar Crimes
  • 2010
  • CLE
  • Motion Practice
  • 2009

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Portland Criminal defense Lawyer Richard S. Berne
Richard S. Berne
Criminal defense Attorney
Portland, ME
Licensed for 48 years
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