Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law

Portland, ME        207.772.1941
Portsmouth, NH        603.433.3317
Manchester, NH        603.716.2895
Lebanon, NH        603.448.2221
800.727.1941



EDWARD R. BENJAMIN, Jr.

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207.253.0599 Phone
207.772.3627 Fax

Email

84 Marginal Way, Suite 600
Portland, ME 04101-2480


Assistant: Susan Bagley




PRACTICE AREAS

Employment & Labor
Litigation
Civil Rights Litigation
Municipal Law

EDUCATION

University of Maine School of Law, J.D.

University of New Hampshire, B.A., cum laude


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Maine
First Circuit Court of Appeals
Passamaquoddy Tribal Court
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
U.S. Supreme Court

MEMBERSHIPS

Defense Research Insititute

Cumberland County Bar Association
Member


Maine State Bar Association
Member


Maine Bar Foundation
Fellow




PRACTICE AREAS

Employment & Labor
Litigation
Civil Rights Litigation
Municipal Law

EDUCATION

University of Maine School of Law, J.D.

University of New Hampshire, B.A., cum laude


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Maine
First Circuit Court of Appeals
Passamaquoddy Tribal Court
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
U.S. Supreme Court

MEMBERSHIPS

Defense Research Insititute

Cumberland County Bar Association
Member


Maine State Bar Association
Member


Maine Bar Foundation
Fellow




Edward Benjamin specializes in civil rights litigation, especially the defense of police officers sued under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. His practice also includes the defense of claims brought under other federal laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII (employment cases, including sexual harassment claims), and Title IX (claims against schools, including student sexual harassment and/or violence claims). For three decades, Ed has served as defense counsel to a municipal self-insured risk pool comprising more than four hundred Maine towns and cities. He has also been retained by county governments and the State of Maine to defend employees of those entities charged with civil rights violations.

Ed’s practice has made him one of the best known attorneys in Maine in the area of constitutional rights litigation. He defended the first case in the United States in which a plaintiff sought to apply the newly enacted Americans with Disabilities Act to the mistaken arrest of a disabled person as a suspected drunk driver. He has also successfully defended numerous federal suits alleging the unconstitutional use of deadly force by police. In May, 2019, Ed obtained a favorable federal court jury verdict in the defense of a police officer who used deadly force against a psychiatric patient inside a psychiatric facility.  It was the first police deadly force case to be tried to a jury verdict in Maine in more than 30 years. Ed has been instrumental in helping to shape the law under §1983 and the Maine Tort Claims Act in Maine’s state and federal courts. He also is an experienced appellate lawyer, having defended dozens of appeals before the Maine Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

In recognition of his experience and expertise in the area of municipal and civil rights law, Ed has appeared as a featured speaker at the annual meetings of both the Maine Town and City Manager’s Association and the Maine Chiefs of Police. He has been honored with the President's Recognition Award and the Civilian Recognition Award by the Maine Association of Police in recognition of his years spent defending police officers sued for actions taken in the performance of their duties. In addition, Ed has published numerous articles and has been a featured speaker at the Annual Convention of the Maine Municipal Association.


AWARDS

  • New England Super Lawyers, Civil Rights, State, Local & Municipal, Civil Litigation (2010, 2014-2018)
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent
  • Maine Association of Police - President's Recognition Award
  • Maine Association of Police - Civilian Recognition Award
  • Best Lawyers in America, Civil Rights Law 2016-2019
  • Best Lawyers in America, Municipal Law 2017-2019
Edward Benjamin specializes in civil rights litigation, especially the defense of police officers sued under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. His practice also includes the defense of claims brought under other federal laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII (employment cases, including sexual harassment claims), and Title IX (claims against schools, including student sexual harassment and/or violence claims). For three decades, Ed has served as defense counsel to a municipal self-insured risk pool comprising more than four hundred Maine towns and cities. He has also been retained by county governments and the State of Maine to defend employees of those entities charged with civil rights violations.

Ed’s practice has made him one of the best known attorneys in Maine in the area of constitutional rights litigation. He defended the first case in the United States in which a plaintiff sought to apply the newly enacted Americans with Disabilities Act to the mistaken arrest of a disabled person as a suspected drunk driver. He has also successfully defended numerous federal suits alleging the unconstitutional use of deadly force by police. In May, 2019, Ed obtained a favorable federal court jury verdict in the defense of a police officer who used deadly force against a psychiatric patient inside a psychiatric facility.  It was the first police deadly force case to be tried to a jury verdict in Maine in more than 30 years. Ed has been instrumental in helping to shape the law under §1983 and the Maine Tort Claims Act in Maine’s state and federal courts. He also is an experienced appellate lawyer, having defended dozens of appeals before the Maine Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

In recognition of his experience and expertise in the area of municipal and civil rights law, Ed has appeared as a featured speaker at the annual meetings of both the Maine Town and City Manager’s Association and the Maine Chiefs of Police. He has been honored with the President's Recognition Award and the Civilian Recognition Award by the Maine Association of Police in recognition of his years spent defending police officers sued for actions taken in the performance of their duties. In addition, Ed has published numerous articles and has been a featured speaker at the Annual Convention of the Maine Municipal Association.


AWARDS

  • New England Super Lawyers, Civil Rights, State, Local & Municipal, Civil Litigation (2010, 2014-2018)
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent
  • Maine Association of Police - President's Recognition Award
  • Maine Association of Police - Civilian Recognition Award
  • Best Lawyers in America, Civil Rights Law 2016-2019
  • Best Lawyers in America, Municipal Law 2017-2019
NEWS

Thirty Seven Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Are Recognized by Best Lawyers
August 21, 2019

Attorneys Kasia Park and Ed Benjamin Obtain Dismissal of Federal Lawsuit Brought By Parent of Student Who Drowned While on School Outing
July 29, 2019

Attorneys Kasia Park and Ed Benjamin Obtain Federal Jury Verdict in Favor of Police Officer Who Used Deadly Force Against Psychiatric Patient
May 30, 2019

Attorneys Kasia Park and Ed Benjamin Obtain Dismissal of Double Fatality Police Shooting Case
May 8, 2019


ARTICLES

Liability for Sidewalk Defects
January 15, 2015

PRESENTATIONS

New Chief’s and Sherriff’s Seminar at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy
April 24, 2018



    PRESENTATIONS

  • New Chief’s and Sherriff’s Seminar at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy
    April 24, 2018




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