Verrill's team of health care litigators has a wealth of experience representing health care institutions and practitioners in a range of disputes, including licensing board complaints, medical negligence claims, reimbursement and compliance reviews, False Claims Act (FCA) matters, and health care fraud investigations, as well as extensive experience advising them in the mitigation of risk. This broad range of advocacy experience, paired with the firm's Health Care & Life Sciences Group's deep knowledge, provides clients in this highly-regulated industry with comprehensive services through every phase of litigation.

We have handled a wide range of health care litigation matters, including the following:

Licensing Board Complaints

  • Provided defense of providers in complaints to, and investigations by, professional licensing boards involving allegations as to competence, ethics violations, impairment, and violations of regulatory laws

Medical Negligence Claims

  • Provided defense of health care providers in thousands of claims in several jurisdictions, trying approximately 100 medical negligence claims to verdict, involving virtually every specialty, including anesthesiology, cardiology, emergency medicine, obstetrics, oncology, neonatology, nephrology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, among others

Reimbursement and Compliance Reviews

  • Obtained millions of dollars in Medicare reimbursement payments through the complex administrative hearing and judicial review process
  • Successfully defended hospitals and health care providers in administrative and court actions based on government claims of overpayment or billing irregularities

Risk Management

  • Advise hospitals and health systems regarding protection of peer review and quality assurance processes
  • Conduct analysis of The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) regulatory requirements
  • Served as counsel regarding application of Health Care Quality Improvement Act, including National Practitioner Data Bank reporting
  • Assessed of risk reduction strategies in use of electronic health records
  • Advise hospitals regarding reporting, responding to subpoenas, and public relations issues involving drug diversion in emergency departments

White Collar Defense

  • Facilitate investigation of allegations of research misconduct pursuant to the Office of Research Integrity's requirements
  • Respond to government investigations

Firm Highlights


PPP Forgivable Loan Program: How to Do the Math

(Originally published 4/2/2020, revised 4/3/2020) Thousands of articles are circulating about the new Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES Act signed into law on March 27. Having a general idea about how this Program...


Should Health Care Employers Prepare for COVID-19 As A Work-Related Injury?

While we know that everyone is being bombarded with COVID-19 recommendations, advice, news, and data, another important issue to manage in the workplace is the possibility of COVID-19 infection, if acquired at work and...


Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...


Verrill’s Jim Cohen to Moderate Portland Chamber’s “Eggs & Issues” Discussion with Key State Officials regarding COVID-19

On Wednesday April 8, Verrill attorney and Portland Community Chamber of Commerce president James Cohen will moderate the Portland Chamber’s first-ever “virtual” Eggs & Issues on the subject of Maine’s response to the COVID-19...


Help! My Sweepstakes is Caught in a Pandemic


Enforcement Issues with SJC Ruling for the Rockweed Industry

Environmental attorney Gordon Smith was quoted in the Machias Valley News Observer article, "One year after SJC ruling, enforcement issues plague rockweed industry," discussing the Ross v. Acadian Seaplant's decision in Maine. Questions about...


Verrill Signs Pledge in Support of Advancing Diversity & Inclusion in Connecticut Legal Community

(March 10, 2020) – Verrill has officially joined the Connecticut Bar Association in its ongoing commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the region’s legal community by signing “The Connecticut Legal Community’s Diversity &...


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...


Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting: Flexible Work Options

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez will be presenting at the Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting. This month's chapter meeting will focus on flexible work options. Tawny will discuss how policy impacts...


Management Inefficiency

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...