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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 ascend the list of 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 where donations of time, money, or property - in increments of 150 - were 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 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

Alert: Government Contractors and Employers of 100 or More Employees Must File New EEOC Report by September 30, 2019

EEO-1 Component 2 Report Due by September 30, 2019 All employers that are required to submit an EEO-1 federal report -- employers of 100 or more or federal government contractors and first-tier subcontractors with...

Event

7th Annual Maine Natural Gas Conference

News

61 Verrill Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers, 12 as Lawyers of the Year

(September 3, 2019) – More than 60 Verrill attorneys were once again recognized as “Best Lawyers” by Best Lawyers® 2020 . In addition, 12 attorneys from the firm were named “Lawyer of the Year,&rdquo...

Publication/Podcast

CMS Cracking Down on Health Care Fraud and Abuse

To increase provider and supplier transparency and accountability, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently issued a final rule (“Final Rule”) with comment period that allows CMS greater ability to prevent fraud...

News

Verrill Adds to Growing Intellectual Property Practice

(September 11) – Verrill is pleased to welcome patent attorneys Lin Hymel and Beverly Hjorth to the firm’s Boston office. The newest members of Verrill’s rapidly growing Intellectual Property practice, Hymel and Hjorth round...

Event

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...

Matter

Employment Litigation: Discrimination and Harassment

Representation of a private equity owned medical group against claims of discrimination and harassment brought before the state Commission of Human Rights and Opportunities.

Blog

EEOC Announces EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data Collection Will NOT Be Renewed

Yesterday, September 11, 2019, the EEOC announced that it will not seek to renew collection of EEO-1 Component 2 Data for 2019, 2020, and 2021.  This does not impact employer’s current EEO-1 obligations to...

Matter

Employment Litigation: Wage and Hour

Representation of a national security solutions company against claims of discrimination and wage and hour violations.

Blog

The Sharpie and Employment Litigation Documentation