Biography

Eric maintains a diverse employee benefit and executive compensation practice with a keen focus on retirement plans, executive compensation, deferred compensation, and fiduciary compliance. Eric has deep experience in issues that affect employers in the health care industry, higher education, and other tax-exempt employers. Eric works extensively with boards of directors and compensation committees in the establishment of executive compensation programs and the development of sound fiduciary governance and compliance policies and practices. 

Eric is an editor and a regular contributor to the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group blog. 

Eric also maintains an active corporate practice in the health care industry, serving as general counsel to private medical groups and advising medical practices on corporate matters, physician compensation, and medical group integration transactions.

Eric has served in leadership positions on a number of non-profit boards in Portland. He is particularly proud of his work on the restoration of Portland Observatory (1807), which achieved National Historic Landmark status. Eric recently served as President of Portland Public Library. To recharge, Eric enjoys time aboard his restored lobster boat in Casco Bay, or travelling to New York City, to reconnect with his urban roots.  

Services / Industries

Education

  • University of Chicago  (J.D.)
  • Columbia University  (B.A.)

Public Service

  • Portland Public Library, Trustee (2005 - 2016); President (2012 - 2015) 
  • Portland Ballet, Trustee (2004 - 2011); President (2007 - 2009) 
  • Greater Portland Landmarks, Trustee (1992-98), Advisory Trustee (1999-present)
  • Portland Observatory Restoration Trust, President (1997- 2001) 

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • Maine State Bar Association (Tax and Health Law Sections) 
  • American Health Lawyers Association 
  • Maine Employee Benefits Council

Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell 
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2019 Portland, Maine Business Organizations (Including LLCs and Partnerships) Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2017 Portland, Maine Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2015 & 2020 Portland, Maine Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year 
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Health Care Law, and Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Employee Benefits and Health Care

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Firm Highlights

Blog

Plan Sponsors: You Should Have a Model QDRO

ERISA Section 206(d)(3)(G)(ii) requires sponsors of qualified retirement plans to maintain written procedures for the administration of qualified domestic relations orders (“QDROs”), and the plan administrator has an obligation to ensure that a domestic...

Blog

Revenue Procedure 2019-19: Enhancements to EPCRS are Great News for Plan Sponsors

Newly published  Revenue Procedure 2019-19  modifies and supersedes prior IRS guidance regarding the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) to allow plan sponsors to self-correct an expanded number of problems that may affect retirement...

Blog

Who is a Highly Compensated Employee?

Identifying an employer’s highly compensated employees is crucial to the administration of qualified retirement plans, as well as 403(b) plans that provide employer contributions.  This post provides an overview of the rules for determining...

Blog

UPDATED: Summer Break - Massachusetts Employers Get Extension on Paid Family and Medical Leave Implementation

UPDATE:  The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave announced that along with the start of contributions being delayed from July 1, 2019 to October 1, 2019, the following aspects of the program are...

Publication/Podcast

Verrill Voices: Live Interviews from the 2019 Annual Employment Law Update

This podcast, recorded live at Verrill Dana’s Annual Employment Law Update, not only dives into important topics for HR professionals and business leaders presented at the event, but also features live interviews conducted by...

Blog

Handling Missing Participants under Code Section 409A

Deferred compensation payments are due to one of your former executives, but the former executive is nowhere to be found. You know that the IRS has strict timing rules for payments subject to Code...

Blog

403(b) Plans Must Comply with the “Once In, Always In” Rule This Year

Tax-exempt employers whose 403(b) plans have failed to comply with the “once in, always in” eligibility rule in the past should be well on their way to compliance by now.   IRS Notice 2018-95  granted...

Publication/Podcast

December 2018 Client Advisory

Click here to view as a PDF . This Client Advisory highlights important developments in the law governing employee benefit plans and executive compensation over the past year.  It offers insight into what these...

Blog

Recap of Change to Retirement Plan Rollover Rules for Plan Loan Offsets

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“2017 Tax Act”) includes a provision that changed the rollover rules for certain plan loan offset distributions and that may not be well known to retirement...

Publication/Podcast

Verrill Voices: Interviews with the 2019 Mainebiz Business Leaders of the Year

Each year, Mainebiz recognizes the business leaders in Maine whose vision is making a difference in their companies, for their employees and customers, and in their communities. In 2019, Mainebiz honored five such business...