History and Philosophy
Many clients ask us about the history of our law firm. The following will give you some insight into the history and philosophy of the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein:
MAINE LAWYERS WORKING FOR MAINE PEOPLE
Forty years ago, Joe Bornstein, then a young attorney fresh out of law school, hung out his shingle in a small office located in the up-and-coming waterfront section of his native Portland that came to be known as the Old Port. Since then, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein has grown into one of Maine’s leading personal injury law firms with a staff of over 50 professionals dedicated to serving the legal needs of Mainers who have suffered injuries and disabilities.
Today, Joe is perhaps the best known personal injury lawyer in Maine and continues his tireless efforts to get Mainers the justice they deserve.
ACCESS TO JUSTICE THROUGH TOP QUALITY REPRESENTATION
The focus of the firm’s practice has always been injury and disability law, and is limited exclusively to representing accident victims who have suffered personal injuries and disabled Mainers who have applied for benefits under the Social Security system. Since 1974, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein has represented more than 24,000 injured and disabled Mainers and recovered over $300 million in damages and benefits for our clients.
The firm owes its success to several important factors. The first is its large, dedicated and highly experienced staff of legal professionals. Joe and his staff provide legal representation to clients in a highly intelligent, creative and aggressive way, while remaining sensitive and attentive to each of our client’s special personal needs. Our clients benefit from the firm’s large investment in staff training and supervision, as well as our dedication to the use of advanced technology.
The firm’s clients have a choice of meeting in the privacy and security of our six formal offices in Sanford, Biddeford, Portland, Lewiston, Augusta and Bangor, or in their home, the hospital or other convenient location. For Joe, access to justice for our clients is of paramount importance.
OVER 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN PERSONAL INJURY AND DISABILITY LAW
On average, our 12 attorneys have over 20 years experience as personal injury and disability attorneys. The four most senior attorneys have been working at our law firm for over 40 years, 33 years, 30 years, and 29 years respectively. Joe prides himself on developing and maintaining long-term relationships with both office staff and clients. In fact, many of our clients are referred to us by past and present satisfied clients who recommend our services to their friends, co-workers, and family members.
Joe strongly believes that the reputation of his firm as a leader in the field of injury and disability law, the dedication and expertise of his staff, and the loyalty of his clients, speak volumes about what kind of person he is and the law firm he runs.
UNYIELDING COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT MAINE
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is dedicated to giving back to the Maine communities that we serve. Joe proudly supports and participates in several legal and civic organizations and activities, including the firm’s annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest. The program is celebrating its eleventh year and asks graduating high school seniors to think creatively and send a message to their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving and the dangerous of distracted driving.
In 2014, the firm awarded five students who were judged to have the best submissions with new laptop computers and in ten years has given away over $100,000 in prizes to Maine high school seniors who help send the message, “Stay Safe and Arrive Alive!”
Past entries have included essays, poems, paintings, public service announcements, videos, recorded songs, t-shirts, board games, drawings and more. A complete set of rules and all past winners can be viewed online at: www.arrivealivecreativecontest.com.
A DEDICATION TO EDUCATING MAINERS ABOUT THEIR LEGAL RIGHTS
Another important priority for the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is educating Mainers about their legal rights regarding personal injury and disability laws. Some of the client-education tools Joe employs are his blog, email blasts and newsletter, his statewide Social Security Outreach Program to groups advocating on behalf of Mainers with physical and emotional health issues, and multiple client brochures about motor vehicle accidents and Social Security Disability claims.
WE TREAT CLIENTS WITH THE DIGNITY AND RESPECT THEY DESERVE
Joe has learned many important lessons from his clients. At the firm, every staff member treats clients with the dignity and respect that they deserve. Our lawyers are available to meet with you at one of our six convenient offices, each wheelchair accessible, or in your home, the hospital or other location of your choice.
We are proud to provide top quality legal services to Mainers of all backgrounds through the contingent fee system. Under that system, clients only pay an attorney fee when they collect money for their injury or disability, and not before. A client is never asked for a retainer or a payment up front to cover client costs.
JOE’S PLEDGE TO HELP MAINERS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS IN A TIME OF NEED
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein has been privileged and honored to represent more than 24,000 Maine clients from every background in its 40-year history. It is Joe’s pledge to continue to make top quality legal services readily available to the citizens of Maine no matter where they live throughout our wonderful state. His team of over over 50 legal professionals is equipped to handle personal injury and disability claims that run the spectrum from the most straightforward, to those with the most complex legal, insurance, and medical issues.
Some Mainers think that the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein handles claims for only the most seriously injured clients. In reality, the firm handles claims that involve every type of injury and disability. Our attorneys have the knowledge, skills, and resources to answer all of your questions related to accident, injury, and disability claims in a direct, honest, and compassionate way.
Joe looks forward to serving the legal needs of Mainers for many years to come.
THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT A CLIENT CAN GIVE US IS THE REFERRAL OF A FRIEND OR LOVED ONE.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TRUST IN US.®