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 High Net Worth Guide under Private Wealth Law
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 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

Blog

Help! My Sweepstakes is Caught in a Pandemic

Publication/Podcast

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...

Event

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...

Matter

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...

Blog

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...

Event

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...

News

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...

Publication/Podcast

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...

News

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 &...

Matter

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...