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

This Week's Show: Maintaining Mental Health at Work

On Saturday, November 21, Tawny interviewed Lindy Graham, LCSW and Founder of Wellspace Maine, and Celine Frueh, Human Resources Director of Allagash Brewing Co., for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode...

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The COVID Vaccine: HR Policy Development Playbook

In March 2021, we worked with MP HR & Payroll Solutions who created an eBook as a resource for employers, "The COVID Vaccine: HR Policy Development Playbook," that assists employers on what to do...

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“Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct,” a chapter in MCLE’s Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts

Scott Connolly , partner in Verrill’s Employment & Labor Group, has authored the chapter “Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct” in MCLE’s book, Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts (4th Edition 2021...

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This Week's Show: Why Location Matters in DEI Initiatives

On Saturday, February 6, Tawny interviewed James Dinkle, Executive Director of Kennebec Regional Development Authority, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Tawny and Jim discuss why location matters in DEI...

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This Week's Show: Everything Owners Need to Know About Boards

On Saturday, February 13, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Colleen McCracken Strategic Business Advisor of Everything Owners Need to Know About Boards , for this segment of HR Power Hour. For...

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NLRB General Counsel Says “Rat’s It”: Scabby the Rat Here to Stay

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This Week's Show: COVID 19 and Workers’ Compensation

On Saturday, January 16, Tawny interviewed Elizabeth Smith, Counsel in Verrill's Employment and Labor Group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Beth and Tawny discuss what COVID-19 means for workers'...

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COVID-19 Vaccination Policies: Top 4 Legal Concerns

There are many unresolved legal questions to consider when it comes to COVID vaccination employee policies. Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez and MP’s HR consulting team have compiled key advice for reducing legal...

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Are You Paying Attention to your Classifications?

DOL Scraps Trump-era Interpretative Letters and 60,000 U.K. Uber Drivers Entitled to Worker Benefits It has been a big day for changes on the worker classification front. In the last 24 hours, Britain’s highest...

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This Week's Show: Reset, Refuel, Renew

On Saturday, January 30, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Coleen Greco, Joyologist and Founder of Reset Refuel Renew , for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and...

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