Brian is a litigation lawyer focusing on real estate-related litigation, including land use, environmental, title and title insurance claims and disputes. Brian advises institutional, commercial and individual clients on a wide variety of litigation issues and represents them in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts.

Brian joined Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster in 1979 after serving as trial counsel in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General Corps. Before that, he clerked for the Honorable John E. Fenton, Jr. of the Trial Court. In 2022, Rackemann combined with Verrill Dana LLP.

Brian has frequently lectured on litigation matters for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Foundation, American Land Title Association, Real Estate Bar Association and National Business Institute. He has published written materials on a variety of complex litigation and real estate topics.

Outside of the office, Brian enjoys traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.



  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Golden Gate University  (M.P.A.)
  • College of the Holy Cross

Public Service

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Trial Evidence, Suffolk University Law School (1995-2010)
  • Advisory Committee Chairman, Massachusetts Trial Court
  • Member, Zoning Board of Appeals, Town of Milton (1995-2015)
  • Trustee, Vineyard Open Land Foundation (Brian’s practice has involved a number of cases on Martha’s Vineyard)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts


  • Selected as the The Best Lawyers in America© “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Real Estate in Boston, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2020
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2004-2021

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Court and Other Admissions

  • U. S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U. S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U. S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Firm Highlights


Hospitals Win 340B Medicare Rate Cut Suit, But When, How, and How Much They Will Recoup Remains Unclear

In a recent unanimous decision, the Supreme Court found that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”), part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), erred when it significantly reduced...


Advised Fortune 500 Company on Group Health and Welfare Benefit Plans

We were engaged by a Fortune 500 manufacturing company to provide legal and compliance services regarding its group health and welfare benefit plans. During the course of our representation, we have advised the company...


Implications of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act Webinar

Join Verrill's Robert Laplaca who will be presenting this webinar on understanding what risks confront gambling businesses operating on the internet. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed in 2006, but its implications...


Elections and Constitutional Law: Successfully Challenged Certification of Initiative Petition

In a victory for consumers and the ride-hailing public, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently barred the Secretary of State from placing on the November ballot initiative petitions proposed by companies such as Uber...


Health Plans: PCORI Fee Is Due August 1, 2022

What is the PCORI Fee? The Affordable Care Act created a non-profit corporation, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (“PCORI”), to conduct research to help individuals, providers, and policymakers make better healthcare choices by advancing...


Four Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Chambers & Partners for Energy and Environmental Law in Maine

Verrill attorneys Juliet T. Browne, James I. Cohen, Gordon R. Smith, and Mathew J. Todaro were recently recognized for energy and environmental law in Maine in the 2022 Chambers & Partners Guide . Chambers...


Verrill Partner Robert Ruesch Elected to American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law’s Governing Committee


Annual Update Part 6: Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion - Top Legal Challenges and Best Practices for Your Company

Join Verrill for its sixth session of the 2022 virtual Labor & Employment Annual Update Series. Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez will discuss steps that employers are taking to embrace diversity in their hiring practices...


New DOJ Task Force Announced Will Impact Health Care Providers & Prescribers in Northern New England

Major enforcement news was released today, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, for medical professionals and anyone working in or around the health care space in Maine , New Hampshire , and Vermont . The United...


Verrill Elects Longtime Partner Scott Anderson as New Managing Partner

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