Elliott Epstein, Esq.

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Elliott Epstein, Esq.

Elliott Epstein has been a Maine trial and appellate lawyer since 1978, handling a broad spectrum of cases involving business, intellectual property, professional malpractice, personal injury, real estate, employment, divorce, land use, professional licensing, probate, health care and mental health care, and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants. He has also acted as a mediator and arbitrator for the past 15 years. He holds the highest (“AV”) attorney peer rating from Martindale-Hubble. He is currently a candidate for Judge of Probate of Androscoggin County.

Mr. Epstein received his law degree from the Maine School of Law in 1978, a master’s degree from Imperial College of the University of London in 1971, and a bachelor’s degree from the Georgetown University Foreign Service School in 1969. He is admitted to practice in Maine and Massachusetts state courts and before the U.S. District Court for Maine and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Epstein is a past member of the editorial advisory committee of the Maine Bar Journal and has contributed numerous articles to that publication. He has been a frequent presenter at continuing legal education seminars and was formerly a member of the Civil Rules Advisory Committee to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He has been active in several civic and non-profit organizations in the Lewiston-Auburn area, including membership on the board of Museum L-A, which he founded in 1994.

Mr. Epstein writes “Rearview Mirror,” an award-winning column on current affairs for the Lewiston Sun Journal, and in 2010 he published the book “Lucifer’s Child,” which explores the causes and implications of a notorious 1984 child murder in central Maine. He formerly served on the Auburn School Committee and Planning Board Committee and is a musician, playing trumpet with the Auburn Community Concert Band and the Bates College Orchestra.

Securities Award Monthly Vol. 2010 No. 11

LaBay v. Ligor
(FINRA ID # 09-06801 issued 10/28/2010)

Elliott Epstein, Esq. of Pickus & Epstein, LLC.
Attorney for the Claimants

Award of $1,000,000.00

The Labays, a retiree and his daughter, lost over $2 million in two discretionay trading accounts being handled by the Respondent, Paul A. Ligor, Jr., during the period of May 2007 through February 2009. Ligor invested the bulk of these funds in small-cap stocks and options, incurring over 600,000.00 in margin loans in the process, despite warnings from Ligor’s supervisor at Integrity Brokerage Services, Inc., that the customers’ portfolio should be diversified and margin loans paid off. The stock market crash in late 2008 resulted in the loss of a substantial portion of the portfolio, due to a sharp drop in equity values and foreced margin-loan liquidations.

Vickie Bedore, Paralegal

Vickie was employed by the Firm in August of 2010. She has worked in the legal field since 1995 after completing a Paralegal Course through Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. Vickie has experience in various areas of the legal field including; medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, family law, estate planning, probate, criminal and product liability.

A native of Wiscasset, Maine, she has spent time traveling with her husband, a retired Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Prior to moving back to Maine in 2004, she spent eight years with a Kansas law firm as a trial specialist in personal injury and medical malpractice cases.

Her experience has taken her to Federal and State Courts in Oklahoma, Kansas and Maine, assisting in difficult litigation and trial preparation.

Vickie takes pride in working with clients assuring them that they are being represented at the most professional level.

She and her husband, Bob, have three children, Jennifer, Beau and Samantha, and three grandchildren, Myah, Eli, and Vera.

You may contact Vickie at vickie@pickusandepstein.com

Owen Pickus, D.O., Esq.

Owen Pickus, DO, Esq.

Owen Pickus, D.O., Esq.

Owen Pickus, M.D., Esq. was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated cum laude from Brooklyn College with honors in Psychology in 1971. He completed his graduate studies at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in 1974. He completed his internship and residency at Metropolitan Hospital, Philadelphia from 1974-1977 and completed a fellowship in internal medicine for hematology and oncology at Temple University in Philadelphia in 1979.

Dr. Pickus is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology. He is a professor of Medicine at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a member in the departments of internal medicine at Maine Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and Southern Maine Medical Center.

He received his J.D. in the summer of 2007 and was admitted to the bar in February 2008. His focus is on civil litigation involving medical malpractice, medical licensing and regulatory issues, product liability and personal injury.

In 2012 Dr. Pickus received the “Rising Star” recognition as a Plaintiff’s attorney in medical malpractice by Super Lawyers. Candidates for this achievement are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.