Verrill’s Appellate Group provides clients with sophisticated legal counsel, bringing special insight to matters that come before appellate courts and administrative appellate bodies. The group’s attorneys understand that success on appeal requires mastery of complex facts and legal arguments, as well as skill in the art of crafting a compelling appellate narrative. Verrill attorneys identify their clients’ strongest claims on appeal and present them with clarity through written and oral advocacy.

Advocating for clients across a wide range of industries and areas of law, the attorneys have a breadth and depth of appellate experience that ranges from intellectual and real property rights, taxation, and professional malpractice and licensing to probate and administrative actions and bet-the-company commercial disputes. Collectively, Verrill’s appellate attorneys have represented clients in hundreds of appeals, working closely with the firm’s Litigation & Trial Group and drawing upon extensive industry and practice experience from throughout the firm.

Verrill’s appellate attorneys appear before the following courts and administrative appellate bodies:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the First Circuit, Second Circuit, D.C. Circuit, and Federal Circuit
  • Connecticut Supreme Court and Appellate Court
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court (Law Court)
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court
  • State agency administrative appellate boards
  • Municipal boards of appeal

Firm Highlights


Taxation and Constitutional Law: Amicus Brief to U.S. Supreme Court regarding Sales Taxation by States

Verrill represented the National Auctioneers Association as amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court case South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc . The case presented the issue of whether states could require out-of-state sellers to...


Appellate Practice: Coastal Property Rights in Kennebunkport

We represented coastal landowners in a high-profile appeal before the Maine Supreme Court, in which the Town of Kennebunkport claimed ownership of Goose Rocks Beach against numerous homeowners whose deeds described property down to...


Environmental & Land Use Law: Protection of Private Coastal Property Rights for Conservation of Intertidal Habitat

Verrill successfully represented coastal landowners in first-impression litigation against a Canadian seaweed harvesting company with global operations to determine who owns the sea plants that are growing on private intertidal property in Maine. In...


International and Constitutional Law: Representation of Government of Mexico Seeking Parens Patriae Standing

Verrill attorneys represented the Government of Mexico in this high-profile appeal involving civil rights claims by over 1,000 Mexican migrant workers at an egg production farm in Maine. Mexico sought parens patriae status, specifically...


Healthcare: Discoverability of Confidential Health Records

Verrill Dana filed two amicus briefs on behalf of the Maine Hospital Association and Maine Medical Association regarding the scope of permissible discovery of third party medical records in medical malpractice cases. The issue...


Elections and Constitutional Law: Certification of Initiative Petition to Ban Casino Gambling

Verrill successfully represented ten Massachusetts citizens who challenged the Attorney General’s refusal to certify an initiative petition under the state constitution that would have banned casino gambling in Massachusetts. In a unanimous opinion, the...


Healthcare and Employment Law: Doctor’s Claims of Age Discrimination and Failure to Accommodate Mental Health Issues

Verrill Dana represented Penobscot Community Healthcare in an appeal to the Maine Supreme Court arising from an age discrimination complaint by one of its doctors. After the trial court granted summary judgment in favor...


Elections and Constitutional Law: Constitutionality of Ranked Choice Voting

Verrill Dana represented the League of Women Voters in two proceedings before the Maine Supreme Court relating to the constitutionality of Maine’s voter-approved ranked choice voting law. The first proceeding, Opinion of the Justices...


Professional Regulation and Constitutional Law: First Amendment Challenge to State Law

We represented the Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy in defending against a First Amendment challenge to a state law that barred accountants who were not certified public accountants from describing themselves as “accountants,” with...


Real Estate and Mortgage Law: Sufficiency of Mortgagee’s Notice of Right to Cure to Borrower

Verrill filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Maine Association of Mortgage Professionals in a case involving an issue of first impression under Maine law regarding the sufficiency of a statutory notice of...

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