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

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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...

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...

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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...

Publication/Podcast

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

Blog

Maine PUC Issues Report Analyzing the Costs and Benefits of “Public Power” in Maine

Last week, the Maine PUC submitted to the Maine Legislature its Report , authored by London Economics International (LEI), on the costs and benefits of requiring the State of Maine to take over Central...

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 &...

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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...

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

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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...

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...