Biography

Ben helps his clients reach their full potential. Whether helping out in his parents' flower shop in California or building retail stores in New York, Ben knows firsthand that the best product in the world means nothing unless you have the right people to make it and sell it. In any competitive market, a company's success depends on its ability to build multidisciplinary teams. Companies that fall back on outdated assumptions risk being surpassed by those that recognize the potential of a diverse workforce.

When it comes to providing legal services, Ben puts these principles into practice. Whether it's a Norwegian company looking for a foothold in the U.S. or an entrepreneur working in her basement to perfect seaweed harvesting techniques, the client benefits from Ben's well-rounded approach to problem-solving.

Mindful of his pre-law experiences, Ben took to his legal studies with a unique sense of perspective. With the help of his professors at Vanderbilt University Law School, Ben crafted a course of study designed to explore specific business challenges from a legal perspective. The result of this intensive study was a series of articles discussing novel approaches to business problems that combined proven business principles with highly sophisticated legal tactics. Many of those articles have been published in leading trade publications and form the basis of Ben's practice.

Whether addressing a jury or a group of concerned business owners, Ben loves speaking about the law. He is as comfortable in a courtroom as he is in a boardroom. His passion for good ideas pervades every case he argues, and every article he writes.

When not at work, Ben can be found on the water racing sailboats or cruising around in his vintage 1959 Lyman Sleeper. Yes, he restored it himself (ask him to show you a picture).

Services/Industries

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School  (J.D.)
  • University of New Hampshire  (B.A., summa cum laude)

Public Service

  • Member, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project's Pro Bono Panel

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • Board Member, Maine Marine Trade Association
  • Board of Advisors, University of New England North
  • Shipping and Logistics Working Group, Arctic Economic Counsel

Honors

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Transportation/Maritime, Employment Litigation: Defense and Business Litigation

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

Firm Highlights

Blog

This Week's Show: Small Acts of Leadership

On Saturday, August 22, Tawny interviewed G. Shawn Hunter, President and Founder of Mindscaling, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Shawn and Tawny discuss his new book, Small Acts of...

Blog

Action Item & FAQ: New Maine Paid Leave Rules Address Business Concerns

On January 1, 2021, LD 369, An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave takes effect for Maine employers. Passed by the Legislature in 2019, Maine employers have been patiently waiting for clarification as to the...

Blog

This Week's Show: Purposeful Leadership

On Saturday, September 12, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Jennifer McCollum, CEO of Linkage, Inc. , for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Jennifer discuss purposeful...

Publication/Podcast

COVID-19: Updated FAQs

Employers across the country are struggling with how to support their employees and their customers, and also to keep their business afloat, as the cry for social isolation to curb the spread of the...

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Should You Adjust Your Plans Based on the New PPP Forgiveness Guidance?

Your inbox is likely flooded with news about the forgiveness guidance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) that came in the form of instructions on how to fill out the application. These instructions provided...

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School is Back in Session, But Are Employees? Navigating the FFCRA in the Midst of Schools Reopening

Publication/Podcast

Webinar Materials: PPP Forgiveness: Answers to Your Most-Pressing Questions

On June 4, attorneys Greg Fryer and Ben Ford represented Verrill's COVID-19 Response Team and virtually presented with the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness guidelines and...

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Congress Passes the Paycheck Protection Program

On March 27, the United States Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES” Act). The Act contains many provisions affecting broad swaths of the U.S. economy. The purpose of...

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PPP Loan Forgiveness: Further Guidance on the Math

NOTE: You may have seen Verrill’s earlier introduction to the complexities of Paycheck Protection Program math . T he article below provides an even deeper look into the loan forgiveness portion of that math...

Blog

This Week's Show: Why Diversity and Inclusion Programs Fail

On Saturday, September 19, Tawny interviewed Asker Saeed, Principal of Saeed Consulting LLC, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Asker and Tawny discuss why diversity and inclusion programs fail...