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

Matter

Management Inefficiency

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...

Publication/Podcast

Executive Order Temporarily Modifies Requirements for In-Person Notarization and Acknowledgement in Maine

On April 8, 2020, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed an Executive Order titled “An Order Temporarily Modifying Certain In-Person Notarization and Acknowledgement Requirements.” The purpose of this Order is to enable citizens to execute...

Publication/Podcast

Should Health Care Employers Prepare for COVID-19 As A Work-Related Injury?

While we know that everyone is being bombarded with COVID-19 recommendations, advice, news, and data, another important issue to manage in the workplace is the possibility of COVID-19 infection, if acquired at work and...

Matter

Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...

News

Maine's 'Thoughtful' and 'Aggressive' Response to COVID-19

On Wednesday, April 8, the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce had its first ever virtual Eggs & Issues, moderated by Jim Cohen, volunteer board president of the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce and Verrill...

Blog

Commercial Co-Ventures: What You Need to Know During a Pandemic

Blog

Financial Institutions . . . In the News

Hundreds of business owners filing federal aid applications with lenders. ( Portland Press Herald 4.6.2020) Maine Securities Administrator Judith Shaw cautions to be careful of scammers. ( Central Maine 4.6.2020) New Dimensions Federal Credit...

News

Available Take-Home Methadone Doses for Patients

Attorney Jim Cohen was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article, "Methadone restrictions relaxed during pandemic, but not for everyone." The article describes the recent relaxed federal restrictions for the drug, due to the...

Event

Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting: Flexible Work Options

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez will be presenting at the Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting. This month's chapter meeting will focus on flexible work options. Tawny will discuss how policy impacts...

Event

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...