Kenneth Lehman ’78 was recently named a “Lawyer of the Year” by the Best Lawyers in America list for 2017. He has been consistently recognized by the publication since 2001 for his excellence as a health care attorney and since 2009 for his work in administrative law.
Lehman, an attorney and shareholder at Bernstein Shur, chairs the firm’s health care group. He has practiced health care law for over three decades and was formerly the Maine Assistant Attorney General. The firm called him “a zealous advocate for physicians, nurses, dentists and other health care providers.”
In his spare time, Lehman teaches seminars on ethics and health care law issues at hospitals and to professional associations for health care providers. For 20 years, from 1991-2011, he was an adjunct instructor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he taught medical jurisprudence and other seminars. He was previously named Lawyer of the Year in 2011, 2014 and 2016, for administrative law, health law, and administrative/regulatory law, respectively.
The Best Lawyers in America is a peer-reviewed list published in almost 70 countries around the world. The lists are compiled by conducting confidential surveys. The methodology, in place for over three decades, is meant to capture “as accurately as possible the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues,” according to the Best Lawyers website. After lawyers are nominated, they endure a rigorous peer review from current “best lawyers.” Then, the organization calculates and analyzes the feedback from the reviews before a final eligibility check. Once a lawyer is included on the list, positive votes and feedback in subsequent years must be maintained or exceeded in order to remain on the list.
At Hamilton, Lehman majored in history and was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity as well as Hillel. He earned his J.D. from the University Virginia in 1981.