Meet The Attorneys
Joseph L. Bornstein founded and established the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein over 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 25,000 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 20 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.
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 associate and 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 Maine State Bar Association and volunteers at the Maine Homeless Legal Project. He is the past Chairperson of the Independent Transportation Network of Portland, Maine, a current member of the Board of Directors at Congregation Bet Ha'am, and has been a Cape Elizabeth Little League umpire and rock ‘n roll singer with The Wingtips. His areas of focus are long term disability and personal injury law. Andy works out of the firm's Portland Office.
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, and her areas of focus are personal injury law and crashworthiness claims. Tanna works out of the firm's Portland Office.
Emily A. Gaewsky joined the firm in the fall of 2014 after graduating from the University of Maine School of Law. While in law school, Emily served on the editorial board of the Maine Law Review, worked for the City of Portland's Corporation Counsel, and worked with the Maine Human Rights Commission. Emily also received the Maine Association for Public Interest Law fellowship for her work as a student attorney in the Employment Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services, where she provided legal services to low-income individuals. Emily is a graduate of Middlebury College. She is also a member of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and the Maine State Bar Association.
Michael Cahill received his undergraduate education at Amherst College. After graduation he transplanted to Maine and attended the University of Maine School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2011. In law school he was a recipient of a Maine Association for Public Interest Law Fellowship for his work with Legal Services for the Elderly, assisting Maine seniors with a variety of legal services. Since being admitted to the Maine Bar he has been helping clients with their Social Security Disability claims and continues to do so at the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein. Michael has been admitted to the U.S. District Courts of Maine and Vermont. He is also a member of NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives) and MOSSCR (Maine Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives). Michael works out of the firm's Portland Office.
Joseph G.E. Gousse is a lifelong Maine resident and graduate of the University of Maine School of Law (cum laude, 2015) and the University of New England (summa cum laude, 2012). Prior to joining the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, Joe served as an intern for former United States Senator Olympia J. Snowe and as Legislative Researcher for the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. During law school, Joe was an Executive Board Editor and published author of the Maine Law Review, and served as a Teaching Assistant for the University's Legal Writing program. In 2015, Joe was awarded the Wernick Prize for Legal Writing in recognition of his legal scholarship examining the restricted sovereignty of Maine's Native American tribes. In his spare time, Joe enjoys instructing courses at Southern Maine Community College and Husson University where he serves as Adjunct Professor of Business Law and Legal Research and Writing.
Benjamin I. Bornstein grew up outside of Portland and now lives with his wife just a couple of miles from where he grew up. As a child he would listen to his father tell stories of representing hard-working Mainers who were injured by no fault of their own. Ben is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and proudly works alongside Joe, advocating for his clients and holding insurance companies accountable. He also volunteers for the Volunteer Lawyer Project and serves on the board of the Levey Day School.
Blair A. Jones is a creative, skilled trial attorney with over 25 years of trial experience in State and Federal Courts around the country. Blair has been recognized for his excellence and skill by his peers, having been awarded an AV rating (Preeminent; peer rated for highest level of professional excellence and ethics) by Martindale Hubbell, named as a "Best Lawyer in America" by Best Lawyers and named a New England Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. Blair graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a BA in English/Drama and from Lewis & Clark, Northwestern School of Law with a JD. Blair was honored at graduation from law school with the Robert E. Jones (no relation) Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. Blair’s practice focuses on personal injury representation, including auto accidents, products liability, crashworthiness claims, and premises liability. Blair is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, and the Maine Bar Association.
Allyson L. Knowles grew up in Aroostook County and now lives in Cumberland, Maine. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 2012 and cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law in 2016. In law school, Allyson was a member of the Moot Court Board, attaining the distinction of Prize Arguer. She also worked as an extern at Pine Tree Legal Assistance and as a Student Attorney at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, where she provided legal services to low-income individuals. Allyson is a member of the Maine State Bar Association, where she is in the New Lawyer’s Section and the Women’s Law Section. Allyson works out of the firm’s Portland Office.