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 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 continuous work to build a more diverse and inclusive firm for our future.

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

WEBINAR: Home Care Companies - Wage and Hour Differences/Electronic Visit Verification

For this webinar, Verrill's employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez and MassPay's HR Generalist Amanda Bridge discuss serious implications associated with wage and hour differences and electronic visit verification (EVV) for the home care...

Blog

Five Employment Law Traps For CFOs Tasked with HR Oversight

Overseeing human resources -- a hat that many CFOs wear -- may mean having to make crucial decisions about hiring and policy, performance management and discipline, and employee terminations. Such decisions may affect HR...

Blog

DOL Proposes New Electronic Disclosure Rules for Retirement Plans

Matter

Helping Non-Depository Trust Companies Do Business in Other States

Verrill has helped to form more non-depository trust companies in Maine than any other law firm. We have also helped our trust clients when they look to expand their business into other states. In...

Event

Maine Rural Water Association's 39th Annual Technical Conference and Tradeshow

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez and Jim Cohen will be presenting at the Maine Rural Water Association's 39th Annual Technical two-day conference on December 10-20, 2019. The event will focus on offering educational...

News

Verrill Attorney Elected Secretary of National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network Executive Board

(November 13, 2019) – Verrill attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith was recently elected secretary of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN). Smith has been a member of the NWCDN since 2006, and was first...

News

Verrill Welcomes Patent Attorney Dean Phelps

(November 13, 2019) – Verrill is pleased to welcome patent attorney Dean Phelps to the firm’s Boston office. Dean is the fifth patent attorney to join Verrill in the past nine months as the...

Blog

Identifying and Handling a Hostile Work Environment

Employee claims of “hostile work environments” continue to make news both in Maine and on a national level, putting potentially embarrassing and damaging workplace and employee interpersonal issues into the public eye. But when...

Matter

Establishment of Non-Depository Trust for National Company

Verrill served as special counsel to a national firm in the chartering and licensing of a Maine non-depository trust company as the client’s wholly-owned subsidiary. Non-depository trust companies are highly regulated, and the matter...

Publication/Podcast

Building a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace