Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law

Portland, ME        207.772.1941
Portsmouth, NH        603.433.3317
Manchester, NH        603.716.2895
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
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
First Circuit Court of Appeals
Passamaquoddy Tribal Court

MEMBERSHIPS

Defense Research Insititute

Cumberland County Bar Association
Member


Maine State Bar Association
Member




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

MEMBERSHIPS

Defense Research Insititute

Cumberland County Bar Association
Member


Maine State Bar Association
Member




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 two 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. 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, 2014-2017)
  • Best Laywers in America, Civil Rights Law 2016-2018
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent

  • Maine Association of Police - President's Recognition Award 2017

  • Maine Association of Police - Civilian Recognition Award 2004

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 two 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. 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, 2014-2017)
  • Best Laywers in America, Civil Rights Law 2016-2018
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent
  • Maine Association of Police - President's Recognition Award 2017
  • Maine Association of Police - Civilian Recognition Award 2004
NEWS

Thirty Nine Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Are Ranked in the 2017 New England Super Lawyers List
November 1, 2017

Adrianne Fouts and Edward Benjamin Obtain Victory for the Falmouth Police Department Before the First Circuit Court of Appeals in a Wrongful Arrest, Exceeive Force and Discrimination Case
July 10, 2017

Adrianne Fouts and Edward Benjamin Obtain Victory for the City of Portland Before the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Discrimination Case Brought by Caucasian Taxi Driver
May 3, 2017

Ed Benjamin and Kasia Park Obtain Summary Judgment for Town of Windham in Police Deadly Force Case
April 12, 2017


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


NEWS

Thirty Nine Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Are Ranked in the 2017 New England Super Lawyers List
November 1, 2017

Adrianne Fouts and Edward Benjamin Obtain Victory for the Falmouth Police Department Before the First Circuit Court of Appeals in a Wrongful Arrest, Exceeive Force and Discrimination Case
July 10, 2017

Adrianne Fouts and Edward Benjamin Obtain Victory for the City of Portland Before the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Discrimination Case Brought by Caucasian Taxi Driver
May 3, 2017

Ed Benjamin and Kasia Park Obtain Summary Judgment for Town of Windham in Police Deadly Force Case
April 12, 2017


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





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