Biography

Jackie's practice includes all aspects of probate litigation, estate planning, probate administration, and trust administration. Jackie has more than 28 years of experience successfully litigating a variety of civil matters in federal, state, and probate courts.

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 and advises 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 2021 High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law where Jackie received market acclaim for probate litigation, one interviewee stated, “She works really hard to understand all the facts and circumstances in complex cases with an eye towards getting to an ultimate resolution that works for everyone. She is really good at cutting through all of the rigmarole and getting to a place where everyone is happy." In the Chambers 2019 High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law, another 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 also serves as Chair of Verrill's Diversity & Inclusion 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 2021, 2020, & 2019 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

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

Court and Other Admissions

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

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

Federal Trademark Registration - Part 2

Matter

Procurement

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News

Verrill Appoints Karen Hartford as Firm’s New Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair

Blog

Supreme Leak: Religion at Work

Over the last year, our society has navigated COVID-19 and rules concerning vaccination and masking. As a society and on this blog, we have discussed regularly the role religious freedoms play in the work...

Matter

Recovery From Surety and Professional Liability Carrier for Defective Turbine and Biomass Energy Facility Components

Our client developed a biomass fired cogeneration power facility to sell power back to the grid and to support its sawmill operations. As part of this project, it entered into a $13+ million contract...

Publication/Podcast

New Rules for Apprentices on Energy Projects Come with Uncertainty for Contractors and Developers

On January 1, 2021, a new law went into effect setting benchmarks for use of apprentices on energy generation facility construction projects. Enacted in 2019, the law was part of “An Act to Establish...

Blog

DOL Signals Heightened Enforcement of Non-Quantitative Treatment Limitation Requirements

Introduction . When the U.S. Department of Labor issued its biennial 2022 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (“MHPAEA”) Report to Congress earlier this year, it outlined significant noncompliance by health plans. (Full...

Blog

Supreme Leak: NLRA Rights

For blog followers, you likely saw last week’s post reminding you to revisit your confidentiality policies in the wake of the leaking of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health...

News

Two Verrill Attorneys Appointed to the Connecticut Bar Association’s Pandemic Recovery and the Future of Court Technology Task Force

Publication/Podcast

What's Notable In DOJ's 1st Cyber-Fraud Initiative Settlement

Verrill attorneys David G. Lazarus , Michael K. Fee , and Jeffrey Smagula recently wrote the article "What's Notable In DOJ's 1st Cyber-Fraud Initiative Settlement" published in Law360 . The article reviews the U.S...

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