Biography

Since he began practicing law more than 30 years ago with Verrill, Doug has earned high regard in the region for his litigation skills and proactive counsel to management on employment issues such as discrimination suits and traditional labor law issues like collective bargaining agreements, union grievances, and elections.

Doug represents companies in diverse industries such as health care, higher education, manufacturing, professional services, banking and finance, and agriculture. His clients are equally comfortable talking to him about strategies to improve their businesses as they are seeking his advice in moments of crisis. Doug can always be depended upon to provide clients with practical recommendations on the best way to achieve their business goals.

In the employment arena, Doug works with clients to develop workplace strategies that achieve objectives and navigate an intelligent path through complex personnel issues while maintaining compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and other relevant laws. He advises on issues ranging from drug testing, whistleblowers, and workplace investigations to compensation and exit strategies, succession planning, and class actions. He has also served as a mediator for employment-related disputes.

Representative employment matters include:

  • Negotiating and drafting employment and other business contracts including restrictive covenant, professional services, consulting, and other services agreements
  • Counseling on human resources, personnel relations, business regulation, and legal compliance
  • Representing employers in state and federal court litigation on virtually every aspect of employment law including breach of contract, promissory estoppel, employment discrimination, unpaid wages, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations, and non-competition covenants in addition to immigration matters
  • Successfully representing employers before the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and other state administrative agencies
  • Defending property owners, operators of housing projects, and landlords against state and federal (HUD) housing discrimination claims

Doug is also litigation counsel for businesses facing legal challenges arising from traditional labor issues such as union campaigns, labor arbitrations, wrongful discharge, OSHA citations, and discrimination claims.

His representative labor matters include:

  • Designing and coordinating an extensive mandated self-audit in response to the federal Department of Labor's wage and hour investigation of one of Maine's largest employers
  • Implementing mass layoffs and plant closings in compliance with the WARN Act, Maine's Severance Pay Act, and other applicable laws
  • Representing one of Maine's largest agricultural employers in connection with a Department of Labor investigation, as well as FLSA class actions
  • Successfully negotiating a concession contract allowing for the sale of a business necessary to avoid a plant closure
  • Responding to a comprehensive I-9 audit initiated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for a large corporation involving proposed fines exceeding $250,000

Doug is especially proud of his six years serving on Verrill's Executive Board, including three years as Board Chair. During that time he spearheaded the firm's expansion while maintaining the core values that drew him to Verrill in the first place.

When not practicing law, Doug actively pursues outdoor passions, usually in the mountains or in or on the water. His most recent life adventure: kite-boarding off the coast of Maine or wherever else he can find a lot of wind.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Ohio State University College of Law  (J.D., With Honors)
  • Middlebury College  (B.A., cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • Maine State Bar Association: Business Law and Labor Law Section
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

Honors

  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Labor & Employment
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Employment Law - Management, Immigration Law, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation: Defense and Immigration: Business

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

Firm Highlights

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

Overtime Update to Have Wide Reaching Effect on Employers

Blog

Tip: Administrative Assistants Only Rarely Are Exempt From Overtime Pay

Blog

EEOC Announces EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data Collection WON'T Be Renewed

Yesterday, September 11, 2019, the EEOC announced that it will not seek to renew collection of EEO-1 Component 2 Data for 2019, 2020, and 2021. This does not impact employer's current EEO-1 obligations to...

Blog

The Sharpie and Employment Litigation Documentation

Blog

Compromise Reached in Maine Workers’ Compensation Reform

Governor Mills has signed into law amendments to the existing Workers' Compensation Act that are the product of a bipartisan effort to avoid a series of proposed legislation that would have had the very...

Publication/Podcast

2019 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

On Thursday, January 31, members from Verrill Dana's Labor and Employment group, as well as some from the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation group, conducted a full-day seminar full of employment law related topics...

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...

News

61 Verrill Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers, 12 as Lawyers of the Year

(September 3, 2019) – More than 60 Verrill attorneys were once again recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers® 2020 . In addition, 12 attorneys from the firm were named "Lawyer of the Year,"...

Blog

Maine’s New Paid Leave Law: Employer Confusion

On May 28, 2019, Governor Mills signed into law the nation's first ever paid leave law requiring leave for any reason. The statute itself is uniquely brief, giving the impression that it is straightforward...