We are trial lawyers who have represented clients in complex business disputes in state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative tribunals, and alternative dispute resolution proceedings across the country. Our demonstrated ability and confidence to try cases are essential weapons in our arsenal, ready to be deployed when necessary to secure our clients' interests.

There are cases in which a trial is necessary, but we know an early case analysis and strategic plan can provide the opportunity for an early successful resolution, avoiding litigation altogether. We work with our clients to develop a comprehensive plan to manage risk effectively, budget costs, and achieve their goals. Our legal teams are skilled in technology essential to preserve and collect evidence, control discovery costs, and educate and persuade the fact finder. They include holders of certificates issued by the nationally recognized Georgetown E-Discovery Training Academy.

Examples of the business cases we have litigated include:

  • Closely held technology corporation in direct and derivative actions brought by preferred stockholders who alleged a violation of their redemption rights and self-dealing by the CEO
  • National food producer against a distributor claiming wrongful termination of an exclusive distributorship agreement
  • Shanghai-based computer chip manufacturer in claims of patent infringement brought by a patent "troll"
  • Title insurance company in a class action seeking to enjoin the defendants from using allegedly unauthorized title agents, causing commissions to be diverted from authorized agents
  • National waste management company and its executives against claims of theft of trade secrets and breaches of noncompetition agreements brought by its competitor
  • Commercial property owners against claims for rescission of a real estate transaction and breach of a multimillion-dollar design/build construction contract
  • State's largest health care administrator in a dispute relating to a joint venture to create a new commercial insurance product for employers throughout the state
  • Health care system in federal antitrust litigation, obtaining a dismissal before the commencement of discovery

The types of business and government regulatory disputes we have handled include:

  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy and creditor's rights
  • Civil, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
  • Complex contract
  • Consumer class actions
  • Corporate governance and fiduciary duty
  • Data privacy and security breach
  • Employment
  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), benefits, and pension litigation
  • False Claims Act/qui tam actions
  • Fraud and unfair/deceptive trade practices
  • Health care, including federal anti-kickback and Stark Law claims
  • Insurance
  • IP: copyright and trademark litigation
  • IP: patent litigation
  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) litigation
  • Securities litigation and regulatory proceedings
  • Shareholder litigation
  • Tax
  • Trade secret
  • Unfair competition
  • White collar crime and regulatory defense

Firm Highlights


Community Service

Portland Regional Chamber, Chair (2012-14) Trustee (2008-16; 2019- present) Portland Community Chamber of Commerce, President (2019- ) Trustee (2016-present) Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Trustee (2009 - present) Project Green Schools, Advisory Trustee (2017-present...


Paycheck Protection Program Focuses on Short-Term and Misses Long-Term Damages

On June 8, the Portland Press Herald published an article, "Revamped emergency loan program remains a short-term fix," discussing the Paycheck Protection Program's (PPP) extended deadlines and loosened restrictions, but lack of solutions to...


IRS Issues New Guidance on CARES Act Retirement Plan Distributions and Loans

The IRS recently issued Notice 2020-50 , which expands relief provided for retirement plan distributions and loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Distributions Under the CARES Act, a...


FDA Issues Guidance on IRB Review of Non-Emergency Individual Patient Expanded Access Requests for Investigational Drugs and Biological Products to Treat COVID-19

Prompted by a substantial increase in requests for individual patient access to investigational drugs and biologics to treat COVID-19, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued guidance on June 2, 2020 that outlines...


PPP: How is Maine Faring?

Originally enacted on March 27, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offers loan support and (potentially) loan forgiveness to qualifying small businesses – generally defined as those with not more than 500 employees. According to...


IRS Allows Tax-Advantaged Leave Donation to COVID-19 Relief Organizations

Under new guidance, the IRS will give favorable tax treatment to employees who donate leave to COVID-19 relief organizations. In IRS Notice 2020-46 , the agency announced that employees who donate paid leave for...


2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...


Verrill Welcomes Esteemed Corporate and Securities Attorney Edward Rosenthal

(June 10, 2020) – Verrill is pleased to welcome corporate and securities attorney Edward Rosenthal to the firm as a member of the Business Law Group. Rosenthal brings with him more than 40 years...


Political Service

Mayor, City of Portland (2005-2006) Portland City Council (2002-2008) Portland City Council Transportation Committee, Chair (2002-2005) Jetport Master Planning Committee, Chair (2005-2007) Greater Portland Transit District, Trustee (2002-2005) Narrow Gauge Rail Alignment Committee, Chair...


Financial Institutions . . . In the News

Town & Country Federal Credit Union to host virtual money conference ( Mainebiz 6.23.2020) Connected Credit Union and Winslow Community Federal Credit Union ’s merger is effective June 27 and will be known as...