Biography

Anya truly enjoys working with individuals and families, and brings her wealth of experience to bear on each unique situation. Anya focuses her practice in all aspects of estate planning, probate administration and trust administration, and counsels clients on tax planning, charitable giving and sophisticated wealth transfer strategies. She also is adept at planning for shared family real estate and business succession planning.

Before joining Verrill, Anya practiced in the area of trusts and estates in upstate New York. Prior to that, she clerked for two years at the New York State Court of Appeals in Albany. Anya also draws on her tax background, having worked as a corporate tax associate in the New York City office of a large international law firm after graduating from law school.

Anya resides in Portland with her husband, Brandon, her oldest son, twin boys, and daughter, as well as two large loving mutts and one very tolerant cat. Before having kids/zookeeping, Anya enjoyed oil painting, writing poetry, knitting, baking and running in her spare time.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law  (J.D., cum laude)
    • Order of the Coif
  • University of Texas at Austin  (B.A., magna cum laude)

Public Service

  • President, The Telling Room, Board of Directors (2021-present; Board member since 2017)

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Maine

Memberships

  • Trusts and Estates Section, New York State Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Maine Estate Planning Council

Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch under Trusts and Estates

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Clerkships

  • New York State Court of Appeals

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?

On June 10, employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez spoke with Maine Association of Nonprofits for its blog post "Help Desk FAQ: Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?" As MANP continues to receive questions from...

News

Advice from Former Portland Charter Commission

On June 23, Portland Phoenix published an article, "Those who have been there predict Portland Charter Commission faces steep learning curve," discussing the organizational meeting with Portland's newly elected Charter Commission. In the meeting...

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

Blog

Massachusetts Now Requires Paid COVID-19 Leave for all Employees

Massachusetts now requires all employers, regardless of size, with Massachusetts employees to offer employees paid, job-protected leave for certain COVID-19-related reasons, including to get or recover from a COVID-19 vaccine. Massachusetts also has established...

Event

MAME's 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Please join us as we sponsor MAME’s 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament! Proceeds go to the MAME Scholarship Fund to help support students interested in entering the manufacturing and trade industry in Maine. At...

Blog

Maine Legislature Adopts Major Revision to Its Net Energy Billing Program

On July 1, 2021, LD 936, An Act To Amend State Laws Relating to Net Energy Billing and the Procurement of Distributed Generation became law after Maine Governor Janet Mills allowed the legislatively enacted...

Matter

Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

Publication/Podcast

Portland Maine Business Podcast with Tawny Alvarez

On this week's Portland Maine Business Podcast , a podcast with Shelby Turcotte of Shelby Trained, he interviews employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez who shares stories that contributed to shaping her as a...

Blog

Future of Non-Competes: Insights into Executive Order Promoting Competition in the American Economy

News

Maine's Evolving Economy and the Future of Remote Work

On June 8, Maine Public published "The Future of Remote Work: The Outlook for Maine Employers and Workers As Offices Re-Open," covering its Maine’s Evolving Economy series that focuses on the shifts in Maine’s...

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