On June 18, 2023, the TITAN submersible lost contact with its surface vessel and crew while on a dive to the Titanic wreckage with five passengers on board. After a lengthy and multi-faceted search and rescue effort, the wreckage was located on the ocean floor with presumed human remains.
In the wake of the TITAN submersible tragedy and as it was unfolding, multiple international media publications including the Associated Press (AP) and Canadian Broadcoasting Corporation (CBC) interviewed KRZ maritime law attorney Stephen Koerting regarding the United States Coast Guard search and rescue operations as well as potential impacts on legal action which may result from the tragedy. The news reports citing Attorney Koerting were published across the globe including ABC News, NBC Bay Area, Boston Herald, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the Jerusalem Post.
KRZ is pleased to announce that Attorney Sanchita Mukherjee has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA). Attorney Mukherjee joins KRZ attorneys Lauri Boxer-Macomber (2021-2022 MTLA President) and Stephen Koerting (MTLA Amicus Committee Co-chair) on the statewide Board. The MTLA’s mission includes promoting the administration of justice, improving the practice of law, protecting access to Maine courts, and ensuring the right to a jury trial.
A 2020 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, Attorney Mukherjee is believed to be the youngest attorney ever elected to the MTLA’s Board of Governors. With KRZ, Attorney Mukherjee practices family law, works on a variety of civil litigation cases, and represents victims of traffic trauma.
Read more about Attorney Mukherjee and her appointment to MTLA’s Board from Maine Biz at this link.
On March 8, 2023, KRZ Attorney Stephen Koerting instructed more than 90 harbor masters representing municipalities across the State of Maine. Attorney Koerting’s presentation about advanced and recent law topics impacting the state’s harbor masters kicked off the Maine Harbor Masters Association’s 38th Annual Conference and Training at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. KRZ has been a long-standing presenter at the annual training and an ongoing resource for Maine’s harbor masters and harbor commissions which serve the public along the state’s coast and inland waters. The 2023 session was Attorney Koerting’s seventh consecutive presentation to the Maine Harbor Masters Association and its members since joining KRZ’s Admiralty & Maritime Law team in 2016.
On March 1, 2023, KRZ Attorney Lauri Boxer-Macomber testified to the Maine Legislature in support of proposed legislation which would increase penalties for distracted driving. The Portland Press Herald shared the following excerpt of Attorney Boxer-Macomber’s testimony in today’s issue:
Lauri Boxer Macomber, an attorney who represents victims of distracted drivers, supported the bill on behalf of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, calling distracted driving “a public health epidemic” as dangerous as drunken driving.
“Driving intoxicated is pretty much the same thing as driving in-text-icated,” Macomber said. “When people are on their phones, they are blind to what’s around them and it’s the same thing as driving drunk, so it would be appropriate to have the same fine.”
Each year, Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, recognizes select outstanding attorneys who have attained a high degree of professional achievement and peer recognition as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. Each year, no more than 5% of lawyers in New England are selected as Super Lawyers. Rising Stars recognizes attorneys who are either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less, selecting no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in New England each year. The lists are published nationwide on its website, in Super Lawyers Magazines, and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country.
KRZ Attorneys have appeared on every annual Super Lawyers list for at least the last 16 years. The 2022 list of Super Lawyers includes Attorneys Chuck Remmel, R. Terrance Duddy, Lauri Boxer-Macomber, and Tim Norton. All four attorneys have been selected as Super Lawyers multiple times over the past two decades. Additionally, Attorney Stephen Koerting was recognized as a Rising Star for the fourth consecutive year.
Kelly, Remmel and Zimmerman is pleased to announce that Attorney Sanchita Mukherjee has been selected by the Maine State Bar Association (MSBA) and its New Lawyers Section (NLS) to represent the states of Maine and Vermont at the American Bar Association (ABA), Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting will take place in Chicago, Illinois from August 2 – 8, 2022.
The Young Lawyers Division provides members with tools to navigate the early years of legal careers, opportunities to build a national network of peers and mentors, and resources to help members grow professionally. Attendees include attorneys in all practice areas, legislators, federal and state court judges, educators, and researchers in academia.
As the only delegate in the state, Attorney Mukherjee reports to the New Lawyers Section of the Maine State Bar Association, supplying the MSBA and NLS with tools and lessons from the conference.
On July 21, 2022, KRZ Attorney Lauri Boxer-Macomber spoke at AAA’s 2022 Impaired Driving Summit on the factors contributing to the rise in bicycle and pedestrian fatalities. The annual summit brings together local and nationally recognized experts to Maine to generate awareness and understanding surrounding different forms of impaired driving, including cognitive impairment and its impact on some of Maine’s most vulnerable road users. Summit attendees include law enforcement, legislators, administrators, judicial, educators, forensic, and traffic safety professionals.
Attorney Boxer-Macomber is the head of KRZ’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Law Group. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and is an active member of the Bike Law Network.
KRZ is pleased to announce that Stephen Koerting has been named a Partner and Shareholder of the firm.
Stephen clerked with KRZ while attending the University of Maine School of Law. He joined the firm as an Associate Attorney in 2016 upon graduation from law school and passing the Maine Bar Examination. Stephen’s primary areas of practice are family law, personal injury, and admiralty & maritime law. Each year since 2019, Stephen has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters publication which selects a small percentage of outstanding attorneys based on peer reviews and independent evaluation of candidates.
KRZ is pleased to announce that Attorney Stephen Koerting is the most recent KRZ Attorney to be elected to the Maine Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) Board of Governors. Attorney Koerting has already served as Co-Chair of the MTLA Amicus Committee, a position he will maintain as an MTLA Officer. Attorney Koerting joined KRZ after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law in 2016. He is an integral member of KRZ’s family law, personal injury, and maritime law teams.
KRZ has consistently had an active presence on the statewide MTLA Board, including current MTLA President Lauri Boxer-Macomber, and past presidents John Kelly, R. Terrance Duddy, and John McArdle. The MTLA’s mission includes preserving the civil justice system, ensuring the right to trial by jury, advocating for victims who deserve redress for injury, and promoting excellence in trial advocacy and of the legal profession.
Maine Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) President and KRZ Attorney Lauri Boxer-Macomber was recently published in the Bangor Daily News, advocating for more comprehensive legal aid funding. Read more here.