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

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...

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...

Blog

DOL Cybersecurity Guidance

This post provides a high-level summary of the Department of Labor’s cybersecurity guidance issued in April and identifies actions retirement plan sponsors and other plan fiduciaries should consider taking now in light of the...

News

32 Verrill Attorneys, Across Three Offices, Recognized in 2021 Chambers & Partners Guide

(May 27, 2021) – Verrill has been rated as a Leading Firm in a total of 11 categories and subcategories as evaluated by London-based Chambers & Partners, one of the world's most respected legal...

Event

Relay for Justice Virtual 5K to Benefit Campaign for Justice

The Maine State Bar Association New Lawyers Section (NLS) is hosting the Relay for Justice, a Virtual 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Campaign for Justice. The race will take place June 25-27th and will...

Blog

The Raffle: A Calvin to the Sweepstakes Hobbes

Every six-year-old boy, at some time in his short life, comes up with the idea of running a raffle as an ingenious way of earning some easy money. It is then left to his...

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

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

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...

Event

IFOB “How-To”: Diversity, Disability, and Inclusion Program

Join the Institute for Family-Owned Business for a program, "'How-To': Diversity and Inclusion Program," on June 24 at 8:30AM. Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez will be presenting “Covering and Why it is Effecting...

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...

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