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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.

2021

The Firm is gifted the two volume Bouvier Law Dictionary, with title pages signed by none other than Byron Verrill in 1862, Harry Verrill in 1891, Robinson Verrill in 1919, and Eric Verrill in 1957.

Firm Highlights

Event

Maine State Chamber of Commerce: The Future is Now: 5G Wireless Networks

On October 26, Verrill telecommunications attorney Geoffrey Why will be moderating the virtual event, “The Future is Now: 5G Wireless Networks,” hosted by The Maine State Chamber of Commerce. The Wireless Summit will explore...

News

Jim Cohen Comments on Toxic Local Politics

Event

Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association Annual HR/Labor Forum

Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association will be virtually hosting their Annual HR/ Labor Forum on October 26th from 9:00AM to 11:15AM. Human Resources professionals in the Healthcare field face an ever-evolving labor and employment...

News

Portland Charter Commission Delves Into Balance Of Power Between Elected Mayor and City Manager

On Thursday, October 14, 2021, The Portland Press Herald reported that Portland’s charter commission has begun discussing the topic of balancing the power between the elected mayor and the city manager. Currently under the...

Publication/Podcast

House Democrats Propose Estate and Gift Tax Law Changes: Important Estate Planning Implications

Please note: this alert was updated on September 30, 2021. What you need to know : On September 13, 2021, the House Ways and Means Committee released its proposed tax plan to fund President...

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

Blog

Geoff Why to Moderate "The Future is Now: 5G Wireless Networks"

Publication/Podcast

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 2021 Summer Client Advisory

Click here to view as a PDF. This Client Advisory summarizes developments in the law governing employee benefit plans prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We explain what these developments mean for plan sponsors and...

Blog

Myth Buster: Employers, Vaccine Information, and HIPAA

Matter

Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

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