Biography

Liz applies her passion for problem-solving and her strong background in legal research to assist clients in navigating the ever-changing employment law landscape.

A regular contributor to Verrill's Taking Care of HR Business blog, Liz handles a variety of employment matters including working with businesses of all sizes to ensure that their policies are in compliance with the latest legal updates and are working effectively for the organization in practice. Liz also advocates for clients facing claims before state and federal courts, the Maine Human Rights Commission, and the Maine Workers' Compensation Board.

During law school, Liz served as a Bernstein Fellow at the Maine District Court and a judicial extern to the Honorable Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. After law school, Liz clerked for the Honorable Andrew M. Mead of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, where she gained invaluable insight into the litigation process from a judicial perspective.

Liz lives in South Portland with her husband. When she's not at the office, Liz enjoys experimenting with new recipes, running, and exploring Maine's hiking trails and beaches.

Services/Industries

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law  (J.D., summa cum laude)
    • Technical Editor, Maine Law Review
    • Teaching Assistant, Legal Writing Department
    • Faculty Significant Achievement Award
    • Pro Bono Publico Award
  • University of Maine  (B.A., summa cum laude)
    • With Highest Honors

Public Service

  • Member, NLS Representative, Maine State Bar Association Board of Governors
  • Chair, Maine State Bar Association New Lawyers Section (2021)
  • Active Member, Junior League of Portland, ME

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch under Labor and Employment Law – Management

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Clerkships

  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Court and Other Admissions

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

Firm Highlights

Blog

Limiting Harassment Claims When Returning to IRL Engagement

It is April 2022 and after 2 years of pandemic-related in-person meeting restrictions (also known as meeting In Real Life (IRL)), we are seeing increases in employers permitting work-related travel. That, coupled with requirements...

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“Mug-shots”: Are Employees’ risky beverage containers a cause for concern?

Prior to (and more so during) the pandemic, many individuals who found themselves working from home were limited in ways to express their uniqueness, their personalities, the things that made them, well, them. It...

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2021 LexisNexis “Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis”

I just read a wonderful resource for anyone who has dealings with any aspect of workers’ compensation law. “Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis”, the 2021 LexisNexis volume co-authored by Thomas A. Robinson and National...

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News of Supreme Court Leak is a Good Reminder to Revisit Confidentiality Policies

If you have been on social media today (or yesterday) or picked up a newspaper or listened to the radio or watched television—really if you have consumed news in any format, you likely are...

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How to Break Up With An Employee: 10 Tips for Avoiding Claims and Liability

As with other types of relationships, breaking up with an employee is seldom easy. And employee terminations result in more lawsuits than any other employment action. Employers should keep the following 10 tips in...

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More Madness: Catch Up With NCAA Happenings

While there’s no denying March Madness brings the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) considerable attention, the Association has been the subject of significant press over the last year for several hot-button employment-related issues. First...

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Supreme Leak: Religion at Work

Over the last year, our society has navigated COVID-19 and rules concerning vaccination and masking. As a society and on this blog, we have discussed regularly the role religious freedoms play in the work...

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HR 2116 and What You Need to Know About Hairstyle Discrimination

On March 18, the United States House of Representatives passed HR 2116 by a vote of 235-to-189. The Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act (a/k/a CROWN Act) , would restrict...

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Supreme Leak: NLRA Rights

For blog followers, you likely saw last week’s post reminding you to revisit your confidentiality policies in the wake of the leaking of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health...

News

Verrill Attorney Elizabeth T. Johnston Elected as New Lawyers Section Representative of Maine State Bar Association (MSBA) Board of Governors

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