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Meet The Attorneys

Joseph L. Bornstein founded and established the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein 40 years ago on the Portland waterfront in the city's historic Old Port district. Since then, Joe and the firm have represented more than 22,000 clients. A fervent supporter of charitable organizations and education throughout the state of Maine, Joe is also an active member of the Maine State Bar Association, the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice. Currently, he is serving on the Leadership Group for the Maine Campaign for Justice.

Henri A. Benoit II graduated from Arizona State University, the University of Maine School of Law, and was admitted to the Maine and U.S. District Courts in 1985. Henri served as a Maine Superior Court clerk after law school graduation and joined Joe Bornstein's firm in 1986. He is the Senior Attorney in the firm's Social Security Disability practice. Henri is a sustaining member of NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives) and a member of the Social Security Practice Section of the American Association for Justice. He is also a member of the Maine State Bar Association and the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. In addition to his regular duties as the Senior Attorney in the firm's Social Security practice, he directs the firm's Social Security Outreach Program which includes educational workshops and presentations in the community.

Alan M. Harris is a graduate of the University of Maine in Orono where his academic achievements had him inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He subsequently enrolled in and graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1984. Alan joined the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein more than 25 years ago and has specialized in injury and disability law, including workers' compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury. He is also a member of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association of Justice. In consecutive years, Alan has won the Volunteer Legal Services Pro Bono Award for accepting and handling the most pro bono cases in Penobscot County. At home, he has been a long time coach and supporter of local youth sports.

Anthony Irace is a Portland native and a graduate of Cheverus High School, the University of Maine, and Western New England Law School, class of 1978. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, the Rotary Club of Portland, and a board member of the Cape Elizabeth High School Football Boosters. Before joining the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, he practiced for 20 years with Lowry & Associates where he specialized in personal injury and social security disability cases.

David R. Miller is a native of Orono and a graduate of the University of Maine and the University of Maine School of Law. David served as the City of Bangor's Development Coordinator before entering private practice in his home town, where he developed an expertise in the area of Social Security Disability law. He went on to join the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, where he specializes in Social Security Disability practice. David is a member of NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives), MOSSCR (Maine Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives), MTLA (Maine Trial Lawyers Association), the Maine State Bar Association, the Penobscot County Bar Association, and the John W. Ballou Inns of Court. He is an avid hockey player and youth hockey coach. David works out of the firm's Bangor Office.

Andrew J. Bernstein is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Maine School of Law. He was admitted to the Maine state and federal courts in 1980. Andy was a litigation partner at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson for 7 years. Through 2008, Andy was an in-house disability insurance litigation and business attorney, holding leadership positions at Unum and Disability RMS, Inc. Andy is a member of the University of Maine School of Law Alumni Board and is his Class Agent. For the past 2 years, he has been co-chair of the corporate lawyers section of the Maine Campaign for Justice. He is also a past President of Congregation Bet Ha'am, and has been a Cape Elizabeth Little League umpire. His area of focus is Social Security disability law.

Talia D. Timmins graduated from The George Washington University, Temple University Beasley School of Law, and was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 2004. In 2009 Talia relocated to Maine and joined the Social Security Disability practice at the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein. Before joining the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, she practiced for 5 years at Genex Services, Inc. where she specialized in Social Security Disability cases. Talia is a member of NOSSCR (the National Organization of Social Security Claimants's representatives), MTLA (the Maine Trial Lawyers Association), and the Cumberland County Bar Association. Talia volunteers on a weekly basis as a tutor with Literacy Volunteers Greater Portland, a program of LearningWorks. Prior to relocating, Talia volunteered at MANNA, a Philadelphia organization that delivers meals to people living with life threatening illnesses.

Tanna B. Whitman graduated from Middlebury College and has a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2001, and has since been admitted to practice law in Minnesota, Washington and Maine. After law school Tanna served as law clerk to the Federal Magistrate in Duluth, Minnesota. There she spent a large portion of her time reviewing appeals from unfavorable Social Security Disability decisions and preparing draft orders for the magistrate's review. Tanna then joined a Duluth plaintiff's firm practicing mainly in the areas of workers' compensation and personal injury. After working out of the Portland office of the Law Office of Joe Bornstein, her husband's military transfer took her back to her home state of Washington where for three years she worked in personal injury law firms. She has now returned to Maine and to the Law Office of Joe Bornstein. Tanna is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSCAR) and specializes in Social Security Disability law. Tanna works out of the firm's Augusta Office.