Getting good legal advice is a tough challenge for investor-backed startup companies. The entrepreneurs who run emerging companies have limited time and funds to devote to legal issues. Yet the legal problems faced by startups are often thorny and complex. A wrong move at the early stages can impose huge future costs, and might even threaten the viability of the business.

Our Business Law Group has served as a trusted advisor to countless startup companies over the years. Working with innovative entrepreneurs is a challenging part of our practice, but one that we value highly. Our firm is well-respected in several relevant specialties: corporate, securities, tax, patent, trademark, employment, executive compensation, and real estate, to name a few. We also offer the two qualities most in demand for young companies: judgment and experience.

We recognize that emerging companies are often cash-strapped and that the complexity of issues facing a startup company might exceed its presently available funding. We pride ourselves on maintaining flexibility. We are willing to work with companies to propose alternative fee arrangements that balance the company's needs and resources.

Firm Highlights

Matter

2017 Emera Distribution Rate Case

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...

Event

IP & Business Transactional Strategies as Life Science Companies Plan Their U.S. Market Entry

Business law attorney Eugene Ho and IP attorney Beverly Hjorth will be presenting for ACTION Innovation Network members for its webinar series, discussing what life science companies should be thinking about when considering entry...

News

Verrill’s Wide-Ranging Private Wealth Law Practice Recognized in 2020 Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide

(July 20, 2020) – Verrill attorneys Michael Fay, Kurt Klebe, Mary McQuillen, and Jacqueline Rider were recognized in the Chambers High Net Worth 2020 Guide , Chambers and Partners' fifth edition of the publication...

Publication/Podcast

PPP: How is Maine Faring?

Originally enacted on March 27, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offers loan support and (potentially) loan forgiveness to qualifying small businesses – generally defined as those with not more than 500 employees. According to...

Matter

Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...

Blog

Verrill Helps State’s Largest Solar Project Obtain Principal Environmental Permit

News

After the EPA Inspector Leaves

On July 17, environmental attorney Mat Todaro appeared on an episode of Amplify Your Process Safety, a process safety and risk management podcast. Co-host Rob Bartlett and Mat discuss EPA inspections, what to expect...

Blog

Verrill Helps State’s Largest Solar Project Obtain Principal Environmental Permit

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. For more...

Publication/Podcast

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Invalidated: Does Your Company Have a Plan B?

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems (Case C-311/18...