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Pat Scully, Maine Law ’84, takes the reins as CEO of Bernstein Shur

Dec. 19, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – Pat Scully, a 1984 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, will take the reins in 2014 as the top executive for Bernstein Shur in Portland, one of the top law firms in New England.

Scully has represented energy clients and has been involved with the management of the firm for more than 20 years. His clients include owners and developers of all forms of energy generation, including wind, biomass, hydroelectric, oil and natural gas facilities. Bernstein Shur employs more than 100 lawyers in offices in Portland, Augusta, and Manchester, N.H.

Scully was featured on Dec. 19 in a Q&A published in the Portland Press Herald. We have posted part of the article below. To read the full Q&A, click here.

Q: Has the legal profession changed in the last 10 or 20 years?

A: I can’t speak for law firms in general, but when I started 30 years ago we were still seen as a midsize firm and did a general practice for our clients. We’ve become bigger and more focused in terms of the areas of the practice we cover. Our geographic footprint is dramatically different. When I started work here, the vast majority of our work came from Maine clients. Now the majority is from outside of Maine. As for our services, we have a national bankruptcy practice that is dramatically different in its nature and level of sophistication, and our energy practice is global. What we’re finding is that it no longer matters where your headquarters are. We still spend a lot of time and effort supporting Maine businesses, but we can support businesses from all over the country. If we’re good, a firm in Portland can compete with any in the country.

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: trevor.maxwell@maine.edu

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