Biography

Judge Nevas, a retired Senior United States District Court Judge and former U.S. Attorney, serves as an arbitrator and mediator in a broad range of commercial disputes.

During his years on the bench, Judge Nevas presided over a wide range of civil cases, both jury and non-jury. He also presided over numerous major criminal trials involving white collar offenses, organized crime, public corruption, and large-scale drug distribution rings.

Judge Nevas served as a member of the Board of Directors and then as President of the Federal Judges Association; a member of the Committee on Court Administration and Case Management of the United States Judicial Conference; and a member of the Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Immediately following the fatal explosion of the Kleen Energy natural gas facility in Middletown, Connecticut, on February 7, 2010, Governor M. Jodi Rell appointed Judge Nevas to chair a panel to investigate the cause of the explosion and make recommendations as to preventive measures. Judge Nevas worked with multiple state agencies, conducted several public meetings, and delivered a comprehensive report on the matter.

Judge Nevas and his wife reside in Westport, Connecticut.

Education

  • New York University School of Law  (LL.B.)
  • Syracuse University  (A.B.)

Public Service

  • Connecticut General Assembly, State Representative from Westport (1971-1977); served as Deputy House Majority and Deputy House Minority Leader
  • United States District Court Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut (1985-2009)
  • Chair of Distribution Committee of United Fund of Western Connecticut for victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Memberships

  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, Connecticut Bar Association

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

Domestic Discovery for Foreign Arbitrations? Now Three Circuits Say “No”

Well, that didn’t take long! Earlier this month I posted a short piece describing a two-to-two circuit split on the question of whether a foreign private arbitration panel is a “foreign or international tribunal&rdquo...

Blog

401(k) Plan Sponsors – Time to Focus on Compliance with the SECURE Act’s Eligibility and Vesting Rules for Long-Term, Part-Time Employees

As noted in our January 7, 2020 Client Advisory , the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the “SECURE Act”) requires 401(k) plans to allow certain long-term, part-time employees to...

Publication/Podcast

Zoom ADR: Best Practices for Virtually Every Virtual ADR Event

As the post-COVID-19 “new normal” comes into focus, it is unlikely that civil jury trials will happen in many jurisdictions until at least the spring of 2021. For family law matters, cases involving children...

Matter

Swift Current Energy

Verrill represents the 100-megawatt Three Rivers Solar Project in Hancock County, Maine. Verrill assists the project with real estate and environmental permitting work, including negotiation of a protocol to allow the project to proceed...

News

Honoring Judge Juan R. Torruella

In honor and memory of Judge Torruella, Boston Universtiy Law School published an article, Honoring Judge Juan R. Torruella. Attorney at Verrill and BU Law graduate, Anuj Khetarpal clerked for Judge Torruella and was...

Matter

Longroad Energy

Verrill represents Longroad Energy (“Longroad”) on its renewable energy work in Maine. Longroad is a Boston, MA-headquartered renewable energy company that develops and operates wind and solar energy projects throughout North America. Verrill has...

Event

NWCDN Workers' Compensation in a Post-COVID World

Join the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN) and the WorkersCompensation.com Center for a live virtual seminar. This year, due to COVID concerns, the organization has partnered with WorkersCompensation.com to bring you two virtual...

Event

2020 Life Sciences Venture Summit, Part Three

We are happy to be sponsoring Maine Center for Entrepreneurs' 2020 Life Sciences Venture Summit. Join for its third of three parts to hear from an impressive panel of entrepreneurs on what it takes...

News

Verrill Honors Robin Murphy with Annual Roger A. Putnam Community Service Award

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Blog

IRS announces 2021 plan limits

The IRS has announced adjusted benefit plan limits for 2021. These adjustments reflect inflation, and are important for administrators of employee retirement and health plans. The limit on 401(k) and 403(b) plan elective deferrals...