About Us

Diversity & Inclusion

"We will recognize the talents of each individual and recognize that all of our employees have the potential to contribute to the success of the firm." – from Verrill's Core Values

To us, diversity and inclusion are not only about race and gender; they are about creating a workplace that welcomes all generations, ethnicities, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, physical abilities, values, family statuses, backgrounds, and experiences. We want our law firm to be a place where the best and brightest can build a career. We know that by fostering a respectful and inclusive environment, we build a stronger firm.

"We will foster teamwork, loyalty, collegiality, trust, and mutual respect in our workplace." – from Verrill's Core Values

Recognizing the strengths of each employee is one of our Core Values. Our Total Quality (TQ) Program created a forum for all members of the Verrill team to voice their ideas to make the firm a better place to work. We understand that empowering everyone who works here to contribute to our business fosters an inclusive environment.

Here is concrete evidence of our commitment to diversity:

  • Verrill established a Diversity Task Force with the goal of making our firm a leader not only for our legal excellence, but also for our inclusive workplace that supports all our attorneys and staff.
  • Verrill is a member of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance.
  • Verrill is a founder of the Racial Justice Fund launched by the Maine Justice Foundation.
  • Verrill is one of the initial signers of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce "Standing in Solidarity Against Racial and Social Injustice" commitment pledge.
  • Verrill joined the Connecticut Bar Association in its ongoing commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the region’s legal community by signing “The Connecticut Legal Community’s Diversity & Inclusion Pledge.”
  • Verrill was the first law firm in Maine to elect a woman Managing Partner, in 1992.
  • According to Law360, Verrill ranks among the top U.S. law firms for our percentage of female partners, surpassing the national average for female partners.
  • Verrill has been recognized among Law360's "Ceiling Smashers."
  • Verrill has ranked in the top 10 in the nation in the National Law Journal's "NLJ 500 Women's Scorecard" based on a combination of our total percentage of female attorneys and our total percentage of female partners.
  • We survey our attorneys and staff to ensure that we are taking steps that include and value them.
  • Our attorneys are active in organizations that broaden professional opportunities for underrepresented members of the legal profession, including the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, and the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts.
  • We recruit from law schools with diverse student populations and diversity pledges that mirror our own.

We are firmly committed to continuing to build a more diverse and inclusive firm for our future.


For Our Clients

We understand that now more than ever our clients are looking to re-energize their efforts to make their workplaces more inclusive and to attract a more diverse workforce. Here are some resources we have created to help employers in their own commitment to diversity.

Firm Highlights

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...

News

Michael K. Fee to Lead Verrill’s Nationally-Recognized Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Amidst Recent Changes

(August 31, 2020) – Verrill is pleased to announce Michael K. Fee as the new leader of Verrill’s nationally-recognized Health Care & Life Sciences Group. The Group has a long history of representing a...

Publication/Podcast

Zoom ADR: Best Practices for Virtually Every Virtual ADR Event

As the post-COVID-19 “new normal” comes into focus, it is unlikely that civil jury trials will happen in many jurisdictions until at least the spring of 2021. For family law matters, cases involving children...

Event

2020 Life Sciences Venture Summit, Part One

We are happy to be sponsoring Maine Center for Entrepreneurs' 2020 Life Sciences Venture Summit. Join for its first of three parts to hear about new tech transfer and commercialization assets in Maine. Never...

News

Verrill Partner Recognized as a Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyer

(August 25, 2020) – Verrill partner Roger A. Clement, Jr. was recognized in the inaugural 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers for excellence in his practice. Lawdragon introduced the first edition...

Matter

2017 Emera Distribution Rate Case

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...

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...

Blog

Allocation of Medical Loss Ratio Rebates and Premium Refunds

One consequence of the current COVID-19 crisis for group health plans has been the significant reduction in employee preventive care and elective medical procedures as people shelter in place and socially distance. When group...

Publication/Podcast

Domestic Discovery for Foreign Arbitrations? Location, Location, Location!

International transactions can generate international disputes. A party to a lawsuit in one country may believe that a non-party in another country has information that could be put to good use in the case...

Event

Employee Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Restrictions: Traps for the Unwary

On Tuesday, October 6, employment and labor attorneys Tawny Alvarez and Scott Connolly will be presenting with The Middlesex Corporation Vice President and General Counsel Joshua Wernig for Verrill and ACC Northeast's program, Employee...