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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 to 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 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 it 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 climb up the Boston Business Journal's "Area's 100 Largest Law Firms."

2012

105 attorneys and 85 staff members in five offices honor the firm's sesquicentennial with the "150 Project," a broad-reaching community service initiative.

Map of US States
2013

The firm combines with Friedman Gaythwaite Wolf, a litigation and trial boutique law firm, deepening the firm's 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 tri-state area.

Verrill Logo
2019

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

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

What Maine Employers Need To Know About Changes In Personnel Practices Following This Legislative Session

In late June, labor and employment attorney Tawny Alvarez and Division Leader Paul Carelis of MassPay partnered to deliver a discussion on the latest laws and regulations that were enacted during Maine's most recent...

Event

Maine Association of Realtors Annual Convention: Developing Opportunities: How You Can Take Advantage of the New Opportunity Zones

On October 8, business law attorneys, Regina Flaherty, Mark Googins, and Cheryl Johnson will be presenting at the Maine Commercial Association of Realtors' Annual Convention, "Developing Opportunities: How You Can Take Advantage of the...

Publication/Podcast

Massachusetts Budget Update: Commonwealth Now Waiting on Governor Baker

On July 22, 2019, the Massachusetts House of Representatives (“House”) and Senate Conference Committee (“Conference Committee”) released the Commonwealth’s $43.1 billion fiscal year 2020 budget bill (“ H. 4000 ”). It passed the House...

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...

News

Same Values, New Look: Verrill Dana Announces New Brand and Website

(August 20, 2019) – Verrill Dana, LLP is pleased to announce the launch of the firm’s new website, verrill-law.com, in tandem with a rebrand which includes a new logo. The firm will now go...

Blog

Maine Public Utilities Commission Approves Weaver Wind Power Contract

On July 12, 2019, the Maine Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved a long-term contract for the purchase of power from Weaver Wind, a 72.6 MW wind power project in Hancock County Maine. The expected...

Event

HCCA 2019 Boston Regional Conference

On September 6, health care attorney Andrew Rusczek will be presenting at the HCCA 2019 Boston Regional Conference in Boston, MA. He will be presenting with Jigar Kadakia, Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer...

Matter

Champion of Wind Energy Projects

Matter

Online Education Services Provider Acquisition

News

Verrill Ranked A Top Law Firm for Women by The National Law Journal for Third Consecutive Year

(July 30, 2019) – After the recent recognition from Law360 as one of the top law firms in the country for female partners, Verrill Dana has again been recognized as one of the top...