Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman Included in 2020 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

KRZ is included in the 2020 rankings of “Best Law Firms” released annually by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®.  Firms included in the 2020 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 1999), 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 2020 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and client votes received on record. Almost 16,000 lawyers provided more than 1,229,000 law firm assessments, and more than 12,000 clients participated providing 107,000 evaluations.


KRZ Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2019 New England Super Lawyers

Chuck Remmel has been selected as a Super Lawyer honoree in the area of Business Litigation and Lauri Boxer-Macomber has been selected as a Super Lawyer honoree in the area of General Personal Injury. Each year, no more than 5% of lawyers in New England are selected as Super Lawyers.

Additionally, Stephen Koerting has been recognized as a Rising Star honoree in the areas of Transportation/Maritime. 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.

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.

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit

U. Charles Remmel, II Honored by the Maine State Bar Association

The Maine State Bar Association recently awarded Chuck Remmel its Lifetime Membership Award, an award given to attorneys who have practiced in Maine for fifty years or more.  Congratulations, Chuck!  Thank you for the many ways you have served and continue to serve the Maine bar, KRZ clients, and our firm.  We are proud do be practicing alongside you.

KRZ Bicycle and Pedestrian Law Practice Update: New Maine Law on Dog Owner/Keeper Duties

Maine recently enacted 7 MRSA §3955:  An Act Regarding Actions of the Owner or Keeper of a Dog That Assaults a
Person and Causes an Injury That Requires Medical Attention.  The new law details the legal obligations of owners and keepers of dogs that injure bicyclists, pedestrians and others.   Among other things, the law requires owners and keepers to contact law enforcement following a dog versus person attack, incident, or collision that results in a victim needing medical attention.  In addition, the law requires owners and keepers to help secure medical assistance for victims, contain their dogs, and provide contact and other information to injured persons or their representatives at the scene of an attack, incident or collision.  The new  law also makes it a Class D crime for people to disregard these new legal responsibilities.

Several months ago, KRZ Attorney Boxer-Macomber’s testimony to the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety on the proposed bill was quoted in this story in the  Lewiston Sun Journal.  Attorney Boxer-Macomber underscored that the proposed law, with amendments, would offer “valuable protections for users of public parks, multi-use trails and roadways” because it would help ensure the necessary information is available to victims and official agencies.   Several of the suggestions made by Attorney Boxer-Macomber in her testimony appear to have been taken into account by the Legislature and included in the final version of the law.

KRZ Client Awarded $1.8M

On May 17, 2019, Tim Norton and Jen Archer obtained an award of over $1.8 million for their client in a hotly contested arbitration claim related to a “Take or Pay” commodity contract. After a lengthy discovery phase and a three day trial, the arbitrator rejected the opposing party’s substantial claims and awarded $1,870,099.45 to KRZ’s client.

Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman Welcomes Jason Rice

KRZ welcomes Attorney Jason Rice  to the firm’s civil litigation group.

Jason is a seasoned litigator. Before joining KRZ, Jason was in-house counsel for one of the country’s major insurance companies.  In that capacity, he handled thousands of lawsuits in a wide range of legal forums, including in court, arbitration and mediation.

We look forward to working with Jason to serve our current and new clients.

KRZ Attorneys Featured on Notable Maine Jury Verdict Panels

KRZ attorneys have been on the Maine Trial Lawyers Association’s Notable Maine Verdicts Panel two years in a row.  In 2018, Jennifer Archer and Timothy Norton spoke about the $5.9 million jury verdict for their clients in a business dispute. In 2019, Lauri Boxer-Macomber spoke about a significant jury verdict she obtained for her client in a soft tissue injury case.

Attorney Boxer-Macomber Keynote Speaker at the Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club’s Annual Meeting

Attorney Lauri Boxer-Macomber was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club‘s 2019 Annual Meeting and Dinner.  Lauri spoke on Maine bike law, her involvement in the Bike Law Network, safe positioning, right hooks, safe passing, insurance, e-bikes, and cycling advocacy efforts.  She was joined  by speakers from Merrymeeting Wheelers, the Portland Gear Hub, and Six Rivers NEMBA.

The  Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the encouragement of bicycle riding in the midcoast Maine region.  The club has members from Bath, Brunswick, Topsham and surrounding communities and celebrates a wide range of riders and types of riding.  Among the MWBC’s impressive leadership efforts has been their partnership with snowmobile clubs this winter to keep trails groomed and accesible to snowmobilers and fat bikers alike.  In addition, the group has consistently led the Ride of Silence in Brunswick each May.