Biography

Betsy's practice focuses on all aspects of corporate, antitrust, and health care law. She has extensive transactional experience in mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, venture capital financing, contract negotiations including domestic and international licensing agreements, franchise agreements representing both franchisors and franchisees, business tax planning, commercial lending, and equipment leasing. She has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and health care antitrust counseling and investigations. She represents for-profit and nonprofit corporations, hospitals, clinics, and physician groups before the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general. She advises clients on matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Chinese tariffs, and Iranian sanctions.

Betsy was selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as a Top Woman of Law. Prior to joining Verrill, she was selected by Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun to serve as the Governor's Executive Counsel and was also appointed by Senators Inouye and McCain to a committee to draft amendments to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law  (J.D.)
    • Law Review
  • Kenyon College  (B.A., cum laude)
    • With Distinction

Public Service

  • Plan International USA, Board of Directors and Governing Board Chair (2012-present)
  • WaterFire Providence, Chair Emeritus (2015-present); Board Chairperson (2012-2015)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island

Memberships

  • American Bar Association: Section of Antitrust Law, Corporate Counseling Committee, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, Pricing Conduct Committee; Section of Business Law; Section of Health Law; Forum on Franchising
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association

Honors

  • Recognized as one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2014 Top Women of Law
  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Corporate/M&A
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Corporate Law in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Business/Corporate, Health Care and Antitrust Litigation

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

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

2020 Estate Planning Update

SECURE ACT What you need to know : The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act went into effect on January 1, 2020. The most significant provisions of the SECURE Act involve...

Matter

T&D Utility Ownership of Generation

Verrill represented Emera in a lengthy case addressing the extent to which the Maine Restructuring Act prevents affiliates of a Maine T&D utility from acquiring ownership of generation facilities. In 2011, Emera sought approval...

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...

Event

Northeastern University RISE Expo

Verrill is sponsoring Northeastern University's RISE Expo on April 9, 2020. Our attorneys, Rob Hover, Dean Phelps, Lin Hymel, Beverly Hjorth, and John Powell, will attend and judge student's work, as well as interview...

Blog

Supreme Court – Updates for 2020

We are barely two months into the new year and already there are significant updates to the 2020 Supreme Court Preview included in our December 2019 Client Advisory (available here ). Below are updates...

Publication/Podcast

Two Proposed Rules Aim to Increase Organ Donation in the U.S.

News

Verrill-law.com Earns Gold in the 2020 AVA Digital Awards Competition

Blog

SECURE Act: Change to RMD Trigger Age Should Trigger Your Attention Now

As summarized in our January 7 Client Advisory , the SECURE Act includes many changes that affect the design and administration of retirement plans. One of those changes is the increase to the trigger...

Matter

Maine's First Private Natural Gas Pipeline

Assisted a large pulp mill secure legislation to authorize building a private natural gas pipeline that tapped into the Maritimes interstate pipeline to lower the mill's energy costs. To meet the client's schedule, we...

News

Verrill Again Honored for Commitment to Pro Bono Service

(February 19, 2020) – Verrill is honored to receive the 2020 Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) Firm Pro Bono Achievement Award, presented by VLP during the Maine State Bar Association Annual Business Meeting &...