Biography

Jackie's practice includes all aspects of probate litigation, estate planning, probate administration, and trust administration. She has successfully litigated a variety of civil matters in federal, state, and probate courts. Besides probate matters, Jackie has been involved with education law and taxation matters.

Jackie is the Chair of the Private Clients Group, Chair of the Fiduciary Services Group, and Co-chair of the Probate Litigation Group. She is also a member of the firm's Higher Education Group, through which she spends her time counseling colleges on student affairs issues, including student disciplinary matters and compliance with applicable federal laws such as Title IX, FERPA, and the Clery Act. As noted in the Chambers 2019 High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law, where she received market acclaim for probate litigation, one interviewee stated, "Her reputation is fantastic," and "I was really grateful that she was involved because I found her influence to be practical and instructive."

Jackie serves as Chair of Verrill's Diversity Committee.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Boston College Law School  (J.D.)
  • Tufts University  (B.A.)
  • Phillips Exeter Academy

Public Service

  • Former Director, Falmouth Education Foundation
  • Former Corporator of the Greater Portland (Maine) Boys & Girls Club
  • Former Treasurer and Program Coordinator and former member of the Edward T. Gignoux Inn of Court
  • Former Special Assistant to the Cumberland County District Attorney in the "Lawyer on Loan" Program
  • Former Member of the Maine State Civil Service Appeals Board

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • Maine State Bar Association

Honors

  • Recognized in Chambers 2019 & 2020 High Net Worth Guide under Private Wealth Law
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2021, 2018, and 2016 Portland, Maine Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates

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Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Firm Highlights

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

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

Event

MAME's 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Please join us as we sponsor MAME’s 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament! Proceeds go to the MAME Scholarship Fund to help support students interested in entering the manufacturing and trade industry in Maine. At...

Publication/Podcast

Portland Maine Business Podcast with Tawny Alvarez

On this week's Portland Maine Business Podcast , a podcast with Shelby Turcotte of Shelby Trained, he interviews employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez who shares stories that contributed to shaping her as a...

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...

News

Advice from Former Portland Charter Commission

On June 23, Portland Phoenix published an article, "Those who have been there predict Portland Charter Commission faces steep learning curve," discussing the organizational meeting with Portland's newly elected Charter Commission. In the meeting...

Blog

This Week's Show: New Tools to Coach, Counsel, and Cheer

On Saturday, July 17, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Christopher Lee, the Chief Human Resources Officer for William & Mary, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David...

Blog

Massachusetts Now Requires Paid COVID-19 Leave for all Employees

Massachusetts now requires all employers, regardless of size, with Massachusetts employees to offer employees paid, job-protected leave for certain COVID-19-related reasons, including to get or recover from a COVID-19 vaccine. Massachusetts also has established...

Blog

Future of Non-Competes: Insights into Executive Order Promoting Competition in the American Economy

News

Maine's Evolving Economy and the Future of Remote Work

On June 8, Maine Public published "The Future of Remote Work: The Outlook for Maine Employers and Workers As Offices Re-Open," covering its Maine’s Evolving Economy series that focuses on the shifts in Maine’s...

Publication/Podcast

Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?

On June 10, employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez spoke with Maine Association of Nonprofits for its blog post "Help Desk FAQ: Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?" As MANP continues to receive questions from...

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