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Michael handles complex personal injury cases, many with difficult liability. He works with forwarding attorneys as a team to put clients’ interests first.  He has tried many cases and obtained a $3.2 million judgment for a cerebral palsied infant in 2010.

Mike has years of experience fighting for the seriously injured in cases involving:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Wrongful Death

  • Motorcycle Accidents

  • Insurance Coverage Disputes

  • Worksite & Construction Accidents

  • Fractures

  • Burns

  • Complex Tort and Workers Compensation

  • Drunk Driving Accidents 

Before joining Berman & Simmons, Michael clerked with the Maine District and Supreme Judicial Courts.  Michael served as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Chellie Pingree when she was Senate Majority Leader.

Michael staffed a committee that investigated DeCoster Egg Farms, leading to a major government crackdown on deplorable working conditions and an industry-wide boycott of DeCoster eggs across New England. He has a passion for hard work and fighting for people.

Michael is a “go-to” leader on civil justice issues. He serves as a Governor and Legislative Chair of the MTLA.  He is a frequent speaker on legislative affairs and political advocacy for injury victims, insurance coverage, and safety policies.



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Practice areas


  1. Defective Products: 30%
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
  3. Car Accident: 25%
  4. Wrongful Death: 20%



Contingent (33-40%)

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Contact info

Berman & Simmons, PA

129 Lisbon St
Lewiston, ME, 04243

Berman & Simmons, PA

85 Exchange Street
Portland, ME, 04101

Berman & Simmons, PA

23 Water Street
Bangor, ME, 04401



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
"AV Preeminent" - Highest Level of Professional ExcellenceMartindale-Hubbell2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBerman & Simmons, PA2003 - Present
Law ClerkMaine Supreme Court2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maine Lawyers in Maine LibrariesMember2013 - Present
Senate Majority Leader Chellie PingreeFormer Chief of StaffN/A
Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation GroupMemberN/A
Maine Trial Lawyers AssociationGovernor - Board of GovernorsN/A
Maine Law ReviewFormer Managing EditorN/A
Maine Trial Lawyers Association Legislative CommitteeCo-ChairN/A
Maine State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeGovernorN/A
Federal District and First Circuit Court of Appeals JudgesJudicial Selection Panelist2013 - 2013
Federal District and First Circuit Court of Appeals JudgesJuducial Selection Panalist2011 - 2011
Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics & Election PracticesCommissioner2005 - 2006
Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics & Election PracticesCommissioner2005 - 2006
Maine Planning BoardChair2000 - 2003
Maine Planning BoardMember1995 - 2003
Publication nameTitleDate
In BriefDomestic Torts: Money for Spousal Abuse?2014
In BriefBerman & Simmons Helps Pass SMART Act: Greater Certainty in Medicare Repayments2013
In BriefConstruction Site Accidents: Proving Liability with OSHA Standards2012
In BriefMinor Clients Need Major Attention2010
In BriefMaineCare Pitfalls - Personal Injury Attorneys Beware!2009
Maine Bar JournalThe Reasonable Value of Medical Services, part II: MaineCare Equals Unreasonable Value2007
Oxford University Press“Security of Supply and Control of Terrorism” in the book “Energy Security”2004
Maine Bar JournalMaine Considers the Uniform Mediation Act2003
Maine Law ReviewRevisiting the Voluntariness of Confessions After State v. Sawye2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern MaineN/AN/AN/A
Harvard UniversityState and Local Government ProgramN/AN/A
University of Maine School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Maine Trial Lawyers Association Annual MeetingProducing Advocacy: Working From Verdict Back to Intake2016