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James E. O'Connell III

Car accident Attorney at Lewiston, ME

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  • State Years
    Maine - ME 16 years
    Massachusetts - MA 26 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State ME
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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About James

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Attorney Jim O’Connell specializes in personal injury law. He represents Mainers who have been seriously harmed by negligent conduct, professional malpractice, defective products, and business torts.

Since joining Berman & Simmons in 2007, Jim has emerged as one of the top trial lawyers in Maine. His approach to handling and resolving cases―using a balance of patience, compassion, aggression, and collaboration―delivers exceptional results. Jim has successfully negotiated hundreds of settlements and has won numerous jury trial verdicts throughout the state, including some very public catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.

A former athlete, Jim is a natural competitor. He has dedicated his career to standing up to individuals and corporations that abuse power at the expense of others. Before joining Berman & Simmons, he litigated and tried complex civil and criminal matters at a major Boston law firm and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Corruption Division of the Criminal Bureau.

While some lawyers are combative, Jim uses a different approach. He works with opposing lawyers and insurance companies to help them appreciate the significance of his clients’ injuries and the impact on their lives, paving the way to a fair settlement. If that doesn’t work, Jim and his team are ready and able to push cases to trial.

“Being in the courtroom and in front of a jury is my favorite part of the job. In every case, everything I do is in preparation for that moment,” Jim says. “I truly enjoy getting to know my clients, gaining their trust, and standing with them to make sure they are listened to and treated fairly. It is gratifying to be in their     corner, because oftentimes we are the only ones there.”

Jim gives much credit for his success to the paralegals, legal assistants, and other support staff at Berman & Simmons. He is also grateful for the wisdom and collaboration of the other attorneys at the firm.

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Berman & Simmons, PA
129 Lisbon St
Lewiston, ME, 04240-7119
Berman & Simmons, PA
85 Exchange Street
Portland, ME, 04101
Berman & Simmons, PA
23 Water Street, Suite 208
Bangor, ME, 04401
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Posted by #43 | February 16, 2017
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I recently served as a juror on a (now closed) case for a personal injury lawsuit where Jim was the plaintiff's legal counsel. I found Jim made a compelling argument and presented facts in an easy to understand manner. Jim did an exceptional job of anticipating the defense attorney's arguments before they were made. He played devil's advocate to the defendant's perspective. This allowed him to be in control in a reserved manner even when the defense lawyer was trying to present his case. His closing argument reflected much of my internal monologue throughout the two day trial and it was an important aspect of what helped me convey my perspective to the other jurors during the deliberation period. He is very good at showing the humanity of his clients. He is also good at picking apart testimony during cross examinations in real time. On top of that he was also much more organized than the other side. While everybody in the jury agreed his client's request for compensation was too ambitious based on the nature of the case, I think Jim's lack of overly aggressive tendencies serves him well and allows him to stand in contrast to other lawyers who adopt more stereotypical approaches.
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Response from James O'Connell April 12, 2018
Thank you for taking the time to leave this detailed comment. It's really humbling and greatly appreciated!


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  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Tufts University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992


  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2016 - Present
  • Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Volunteer
  • 2016 - Present
  • Maine State Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Treasurer
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Maine
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Maine State Bar Association, Litigations Section
  • Chair
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Benchmark Litigation
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association Fall Seminar
  • Enough Already? Evidence Necessary to Prove Causation in a Personal Injury Case
  • 2016
  • John Waldo Ballou American Inn of Court
  • “Lien on Me: The Case Ain’t Over Till It’s Over”
  • 2016
  • Annual Meeting
  • “Family BBQ Gone Awry: Investigating, Litigating and Mediating an Interesting Product Liability Case.”
  • 2016
  • Maine State Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference
  • Moderator
  • 2015
  • Maine State Bar Association Annual Meetin
  • The Ultimate Litigation Seminar: Fundamentals to Advanced
  • 2015
  • Maine State Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • The Use of Focus Groups for Trial Strategy and Settlement Value in Civil Litigation
  • 2014
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Lewiston Car accident Lawyer James E. O'Connell III
James E. O'Connell III
Car accident Attorney
Lewiston, ME
Licensed for 26 years