Magazine names ‘super lawyers’

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 23, 2010, at 10:59 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two local attorneys have been named “super lawyers” by a New England magazine.

Samuel W. Lanham Jr. and Brett D. Baber of Lanham Blackwell were named two of the top attorneys in Maine in 2010 by New England Super Lawyers, according to a press release.

Only 5 percent of the lawyers in the state have been named “super lawyers” by the publication.

Seventeen Bangor-based attorneys are listed on the publication’s website.

Lanham has been named a super lawyer previously.

This is the first time Baber has been named by the magazine.

The selections for Super Lawyers magazine are made by Law & Politics, a division of Key Professional Media Inc. of Minneapolis.

Each year, the firm undertakes a rigorous multiphase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by Law & Politics’ attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area and a good standing and disciplinary check.

Lanham, 58, of Bangor has represented clients in Maine and throughout the United States with pharmaceutical and medical device claims involving Avandia, FenPhen diet drugs, the Ortho Evra birth control patch, Vioxx, Trasylol, Fleet Phospho-soda, Zimmer and Stryker hip prostheses, Guidant defibrillators, and Medtronic Sprint Fidelis heart leads.

He is serving on the national plaintiffs’ steering committee for the Avandia product liability class action lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline in Philadelphia.

Lanham also serves on a similar committee in the pending lawsuit over fraudulent advertising of “light” cigarettes filed against Philip Morris.

Lanham is a member of the American Association for Justice, where he serves on the national Board of Governors. He is past president of Maine Trial Lawyers Association and Penobscot County Bar Association.

In addition, Lanham served for a decade on the international board of directors for Up with People and for 15 years on the board of the Bangor Halfway House. He is president of the board of directors for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.

Baber, 51, of Veazie has been actively assisting the plaintiffs’ steering committees in document discovery in the Avandia drug litigation and a class action lawsuit over price fixing of a computer memory chip. In Maine, Baber represents injured individuals in personal injury actions and plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases.

He is a past president of the Maine State Bar Association and served on the organization’s board of governors for 10 years.

He has written numerous articles for the Maine Bar Journal. Last year, he was awarded the Lewis Vafiades Award for his efforts to establish a legal aid clinic in Bangor.

Baber is serving a two-year term as Grand Knight of the Bangor Area Knights of Columbus. He also is the public address announcer for the University of Maine football and women’s basketball games.

http://bangordailynews.com/2010/11/23/business/magazine-names-lsquosuper-lawyersrsquo/ printed on August 21, 2014