Verrill's white collar defense team includes former federal and state prosecutors who have the perspective that comes only from having been on the other side. We pride ourselves in being savvy and creative in solving client problems, and recognize that the greatest victories come from avoiding charges altogether. We are also veteran trial lawyers, ready to mount an aggressive defense where successful resolution can be achieved only in the courtroom. We represent executives, individuals, and companies in all aspects of federal and state criminal and regulatory proceedings, including grand jury investigations, government enforcement actions, and licensing proceedings. Much of our work also includes internal investigations.

Where corporate wrongdoing has been alleged, from either the inside or the outside, we aim to protect the company with minimal business disruption. We draw upon colleagues in the firm with breadth and depth of knowledge in areas of tax law, securities law, immigration law, health care law, environmental law, employment & labor law, and business law.

In the context of the health care industry, government enforcement has both a civil and a criminal face — with investigations often beginning as apparently benign financial billing or audits by Medicare contractors or the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and ending in federal criminal proceedings under the federal False Claims Act or federal anti-kickback laws (among others) prosecuted by the Department of Justice. Our Health Care & Life Sciences Group has broad experience with such civil audits and works closely with the white collar group whenever the possibility of criminal liability or civil money penalties arises.

Firm Highlights


Maine PUC Issues Report Analyzing the Costs and Benefits of “Public Power” in Maine

Last week, the Maine PUC submitted to the Maine Legislature its Report , authored by London Economics International (LEI), on the costs and benefits of requiring the State of Maine to take over Central...


Verrill Again Honored for Commitment to Pro Bono Service

(February 19, 2020) – Verrill is honored to receive the 2020 Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) Firm Pro Bono Achievement Award, presented by VLP during the Maine State Bar Association Annual Business Meeting &...


2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...


Supreme Court – Updates for 2020

We are barely two months into the new year and already there are significant updates to the 2020 Supreme Court Preview included in our December 2019 Client Advisory (available here ). Below are updates...


Two Proposed Rules Aim to Increase Organ Donation in the U.S.


T&D Utility Ownership of Generation

Verrill represented Emera in a lengthy case addressing the extent to which the Maine Restructuring Act prevents affiliates of a Maine T&D utility from acquiring ownership of generation facilities. In 2011, Emera sought approval...

News Earns Gold in the 2020 AVA Digital Awards Competition


2020 Estate Planning Update

SECURE ACT What you need to know : The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act went into effect on January 1, 2020. The most significant provisions of the SECURE Act involve...


Maine's First Private Natural Gas Pipeline

Assisted a large pulp mill secure legislation to authorize building a private natural gas pipeline that tapped into the Maritimes interstate pipeline to lower the mill's energy costs. To meet the client's schedule, we...


Northeastern University RISE Expo

Verrill is sponsoring Northeastern University's RISE Expo on April 9, 2020. Our attorneys, Rob Hover, Dean Phelps, Lin Hymel, Beverly Hjorth, and John Powell, will attend and judge student's work, as well as interview...