On March 2, 2022, KRZ Attorney Stephen Koerting presented at the Maine Harbor Masters Association’s 37th Annual Conference and Training at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. The Annual Conference is the exclusive statewide training for harbor masters, attended by harbor masters and deputies harbor masters from all corners of the State of Maine who are required by state law to attend a training course within a year of their appointment and complete at least 8 hours of continuing education every 3 years. The Annual Conference typically takes place over the course of three days and includes over a dozen sessions on various instructive topics including aquaculture training, ice breaking, coast guard reporting, evasive species, marine mammals, mooring assembly, water deaths, drowning, border protection, submerged lands, and dredging.
Attorney Koerting gave the first presentation of the Conference on law updates affecting harbor masters, leading a lively discussion on current events and legal topics including enforcement of COVID policies, effects on staffing, the recent influx of homebuyers from away, mooring fees and allocations to non-residents, shorefront moorings, municipal dock and mooring systems, removal of navigational hazards, injuries at municipal piers, and liability and immunity.
KRZ is pleased to congratulate Attorney Erik Peters for successfully completing the Association of Workplace Investigators’ Training Institute and receiving his AWI-CH designation. The AWI Institute is an accredited certificate program that teaches the core knowledge and skills necessary to successfully perform impartial workplace investigations.
We congratulate Erik on his hard work and achievement. If you have any questions about Erik’s workplace investigations or his employment law practice, please contact Erik directly.
KRZ is proud to announce that four attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2021 list of New England Super Lawyers. This year’s well-deserved Super Lawyers honorees are 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. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. 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.
Additionally, Attorneys Stephen Koerting and Shea Watson were recognized as Rising Stars. This marks the third consecutive year Attorney Koerting has been selected as a Rising Star honoree. Attorney Watson is already being recognized as a Rising Star honoree after just recently entering practice with KRZ in 2020. Rising Stars recognizes attorneys who are either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Each year, no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in New England are selected as Rising Stars.
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Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman is pleased to announce that Sanchita Mukherjee has joined the firm.
Sanchita is a recent graduate from the University of Maine School of Law where she earned a Certificate in Environmental and Oceans Law with Distinction. While in law school, Sanchita was the Roger Putnam Public Interest Fellow at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, served as an editor on the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, and was a competition-winner on the school’s Moot Court Team. She also chaired the Maine Association of Public Interest Law (MAPIL) and was a member of the Multi-Cultural Law Society. Sanchita completed an externship with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and an internship with the Office of the Federal Defender for the State of Maine. She was recognized as a Katahdin Law Student Honoree for her pro bono service and also received the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award.
Sanchita will bring strong advocacy and litigation skills to our firm and our clients. KRZ is honored that Sanchita has chosen to begin her legal career with the firm.
KRZ maritime law attorneys Stephen W. Koerting and Shea H. Watson were recently published in the American Bar Association’s Spring 2021 publication of TYL Magazine. TYL Magazine is a quarterly print magazine created, published, and distributed nationwide by the ABA to help young lawyers take command of their careers and develop their professional identities. The Spring 2021 publication of the TYL Magazine focuses on niche and less common practice areas across the country. In their article titled “Navigating the Practice of Maritime Law,” Attorney Koerting and Attorney Watson provide insight and guidance to young lawyers across the country about the subject and practice of admiralty and maritime law based on their experience as admiralty lawyers in Maine, New England, and beyond.
If you have a maritime law issue or question, contact Attorney Koerting, Attorney Watson, and KRZ’s team of maritime law attorneys today.
KRZ is honored to announce that the Maine Trial Lawyers Association recently elected Attorney Lauri Boxer-Macomber as president of its organization, placing her at the head of an executive committee that is, for the first time in its history, majority female.
“I am honored to take on this important leadership role with the MTLA during a time when the organization has made firm commitments to safeguarding access to justice during the pandemic and ensuring that diverse voices and experiences of Maine people are recognized, included and heard in our leadership, membership, and the Maine Bar,” Boxer-Macomber said, according to a news release from the association. “Our justice system improves, and we all benefit, when our three branches of government and the organizations working with them reflect the spectrum of experiences and perspectives in our society.”
The election took place at the association’s annual business meeting in March, and Boxer-Macomber, of Portland, will serve as president of the organization for the 2021-22 term. The association also elected Susan Faunce as president-elect, Jason Jabar of Yarmouth as treasurer, and Lisa Cohen Lunn of Bangor as secretary. Chris Lewis of Cumberland, who served as president during the 2020-2021 term, remains on the executive committee as past president.
With the recent announcement of the E-Bike Act and other exciting bicycle and pedestrian friendly legislation, it is more important than ever that bicyclists have insurance coverage in place that will protect them in the event of a crash, collision, loss, or other unfortunate event. KRZ Attorney Lauri Boxer-Macomber is featured in this People for Bikes article. In it, she shares the questions bicyclists should ask when shopping for e-bike insurance. Attorney Boxer-Macomber, who is an independent member of the National Bike Law Network, assisted with the drafting and passage of Maine’s e-bike legislation and is as excited as Congressman Panetta and Congressional Bike Caucus Chairman Earl Blumenauer about the potential e-bikes have to address climate change, traffic congestion, and other public health, environmental, and transportation problems.
On March 4, 2021, KRZ Admiralty Attorney Stephen Koerting instructed harbor masters from cities and towns across the State of Maine during the Maine Harbor Masters Association’s Annual Conference and Training. The Annual Conference is regularly hosted at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, but was conducted on Zoom due to COVID precautions. Annual training is a requirement for all harbor masters across the state upon appointment to their position and covers a variety of topics over several sessions including mooring systems, aquaculture, submerged lands, and laws impacting boats and the role of harbor masters. Attorney Koerting was the first presenter to the training’s attendees on the topic of State Harbor Master laws found in Title 38 of the Maine Revised Statutes, as well as inland water and vessel operation statutes found in Title 12.
Attorney Lauri Boxer-Macomber, head of KRZ’s bicycle and pedestrian law group, recently served as a panelist at the Maine State Bar Association’s presentation entitled, “2020-2021 Review of the Medical Legal Code of Cooperation: A Report of the Medical-Legal Committee.” An overview of the current Medical Legal Code of Cooperation was provided to attendees, and Lauri was one of several lawyers and physicians discussing best practices for navigating legal-medical issues that arise in the context of legal proceedings. Lauri will be speaking again on this topic at the Maine Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting on March 19, 2021.
KRZ is again included in the 2021 rankings of “Best Law Firms” released annually by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. Firms included in the 2021 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible for a ranking, a ﬁrm must ﬁrst have a lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes the top 5% of private practicing lawyers in the United States. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
KRZ is regionally ranked in six separate practice areas including: Admiralty & Maritime Law, Family Law, Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation, Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law, Real Estate Litigation and Real Estate Law.
Additionally, five KRZ attorneys are individually recognized by Best Lawyers® including: Barry Zimmerman (recognized since 1989), John N. Kelly (recognized since 2001), R. Terrance Duddy (recognized since 2006), Timothy H. Norton (recognized since 2008), and U. Charles Remmel, II (recognized since 2011).
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the ﬁeld, and review of additional information provided by law ﬁrms as part of the formal submission process. The 2021 rankings are based on feedback and evaluations from clients and 8.3 million evaluations of more than 110,000 individual leading lawyers.