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Firm History

While the practice of law has certainly changed since our founding in 1862, the values upon which the firm was built — mutual respect and camaraderie; commitment to public service, the community, and the legal profession — remain at the heart of Verrill today.

Byron D. Verrill 1862
1862

Byron Decreny (B.D.) Verrill (b. 1835), a teacher from Oxford County, is admitted to the Maine Bar.

1867

B.D. Verrill moves his law practice to Portland, representing clients in civil cases, reorganizations, and banking law.

Thomas Brackett Reed Statue
1876

B.D. Verrill partners with Thomas Brackett Reed, although the partnership lasts only a year. With B.D.’s support, Reed goes on to serve in Congress, becoming Speaker of the House of Representatives.

1891

The firm hires its first woman, a stenographer named Miss Moore.

John F. Dana
1917

John Fessenden Dana, a trusts and estates attorney, joins the firm. His name is associated with the firm for the next 100+ years.

1958

Roger A. Putnam joins the firm. There are 13 partners at the time. Mr. Putnam still serves as Senior Counsel to the firm today.

Judith Coburn
1980

Judith M. Coburn becomes the firm's first female partner and goes on to become Maine's first female Managing Partner in 1992.

1987

To commemorate its 125th anniversary, the firm moves to new offices at One Portland Square. At the time, there are 51 attorneys; six are women.

Boston skyline
2004

A new Boston office expands the firm's ability to serve clients throughout and beyond New England. The Boston office continues to ascend the list of the Boston Business Journal's "Area's 100 Largest Law Firms."

2012

One hundred five attorneys and 85 staff members in five offices honor the firm's sesquicentennial with the 150 Project, a broad-reaching community service initiative in which donations of time, money, or property — in increments of 150 — are facilitated and recognized by attorneys and staff for causes ranging from combating hunger to improving the environment.

Map of US States
2013

The firm combines with Friedman Gaythwaite Wolf, a litigation and trial boutique law firm, deepening its trial experience and broadening its national client base.

2015

The Connecticut law firm Levett Rockwood joins Verrill Dana, expanding the firm's reach into southern New England and the New York City tristate area.

Verrill Logo
2019

The firm unveils its new brand and logo, reflecting an evolution of the brand and a renewed commitment to timeless values.

Firm Highlights

Matter

Aquaculture

Verrill represents both growers and coastal landowners regarding leasing and licensing of aquaculture enterprises.

Matter

Protection of Private Coastal Property Rights for Conservation of Intertidal Habitat

Verrill successfully represented coastal landowners in first-impression litigation against a Canadian seaweed harvesting company with global operations to determine who owns the sea plants that are growing on private intertidal property in Maine. In...

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Annual Employment Law Update: HR 2020 - Vision for the Future

Publication/Podcast

Is the New U.S.-China Agreement What Was Prescribed?

The trade relationship between China and the United States has been top of mind for businesses over the past year. In spring 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping denied the U.S. Government's request to end...

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AHLA Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Institute

In January, attorneys Kate Heffernan and Andrew Rusczek will be presenting at the American Health Lawyers Association's Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Institute conference in Arlington, VA. The conference is designed to address...

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Verrill Elects Four New Partners

(January 22, 2020) – Verrill is pleased to announce that four of the firm’s attorneys have been elected to partner: Kristin Doeberl, Kelly Donahue, Christopher Lockman, and Mathew Todaro. Kristin Doeberl , a family...

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First Circuit Acts on Appeal by South Portland Pipeline Company

On January 10, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit acted on the Portland Pipe Line Corporation’s (PPLC) appeal of the district court order upholding a South Portland zoning ordinance that...

News

Michael K. Fee to Lead Verrill’s Health Care and Life Sciences Defense Practice

(January 22, 2020) – Verrill is pleased to welcome Michael K. Fee to the firm’s Boston office as a Partner in its nationally recognized Health Care & Life Sciences Group and as the leader...

Event

Annual Employment Law Update: HR 2020 Vision for the Future

Publication/Podcast

More Proposed Changes to CCPA Geared to Health Care and Life Sciences Industries

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) took effect on January 1, 2020. Days later on January 8, 2020, the California Senate Health Committee unanimously approved Senate bill A.B. 713 (the “Bill”) to...