Biography

Overview of practice and “all that jazz”

Jonathan’s law practice is composed of beverage law, insurance coverage and litigation, commercial litigation, complex family law and appeals. His multi-faceted practice and his creative, analytical approach to complex legal issues are a natural extension of his training as a classical and jazz musician and as a photographer. This background enables him to work intuitively with simultaneously moving and sometimes dissonant parts. Whether the circumstances require application of tried and true methods or on-the-spot improvisation, he always looks for the best light for our clients.

Beverage Law

Jonathan has experience working with both new and established New England breweries. His beverage law practice focuses on risk management from start-up through growth, regulatory advice, and litigation before administrative tribunals and trial courts. Jonathan spoke on risk management at the 2017 New England Brew Summit and the 2018 Craft Brewers Conference, hosted by the Brewers Association. He has also been a panelist on the impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act on breweries for the University of Southern Maine's QC2 Lab and at the 2019 New England Brew Summit. Jonathan regularly pushes out content for the craft beer community in the form of blogs, podcasts and articles, which can be accessed on the firm’s beverage blog, Lawyers on Tap.

Insurance Coverage

Jonathan’s insurance coverage and litigation practice includes all facets of insurance coverage and bad faith matters. In his more than 25 years of first and third party insurance coverage work, Jonathan has analyzed and litigated a broad spectrum of policy types, provisions and claims. From the smallest first party property claim to complex, third-party coverage litigation involving 60 underlying lawsuits, Jonathan has breadth and depth of experience in this area.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Jonathan's experience in complex commercial litigation includes representation of clients in a wide array of matters including breach of purchase and sale agreements, complex licensing agreements, trade secrets, interference with contract, palming off, breach of fiduciary duty and business valuation and profits. Among Jonathan's strengths in this area are his ability to analyze complicated financial damages calculations and his understanding of business valuation. He is co-editor of the fifth edition of The Comprehensive Guide to Economic Damages, published by Business Valuation Resources.

Family Law

Although not an obvious relationship, Jonathan’s experience in complex commercial litigation was the background that led him to practicing family law. His understanding of business valuation and related commercial issues is a natural fit for family law cases involving closely held companies or significant marital and non-marital assets. In addition, Jonathan is dedicated to pro bono family law work for people of limited means.

Appellate

Jonathan has argued appeals before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to the briefs for the appeals that he has argued, Jonathan has written numerous briefs, including amicus curiae briefs in the United States Supreme Court and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Up Close and Personal

Jonathan resides in South Portland, Maine, with his three-legged lab mix, Kirby. His photography has been exhibited in both solo and group shows in Maine and New York; in 2009 he was one of twelve New England photographers selected to present their work at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. Jonathan played trumpet in various ensembles in and around Maine until retiring from that avocation in 2007.

Jonathan completed the 180-mile Trek Across Maine to raise funds for the American Lung Association (ALA) in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. He also completed the 50-mile Cycle the Seacoast to raise funds for the American Lung Association in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and the Cycle for Life in Rhode Island to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2019. In 2017, Jonathan organized the Verrill Velocilawyers, Verrill's team for the Trek Across Maine. The team also participated in both the Cycle the Seacoast and Trek Across Maine in 2018 and 2019. Jonathan is also an Eagle Scout.

Services / Industries

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law  (J.D., magna cum laude)
  • Ithaca College  (B.A.)

Public Service

  • Member, Maine Justice Action Group Pro Bono Committee
  • Maine State Bar Association Board of Governors (2015-2016, 2019-present)
  • Ithaca College Alumni Admissions Representative
  • Board Member, Maine Academy for Modern Music (2014-2015)
  • Board of Trustees, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (2007-2013)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Director, Board of New England Bar Association
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Cumberland County Bar Association

Honors

  • Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for pro bono efforts (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 & 2017)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Litigation - Insurance

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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
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

Verrill Voices: Interviews with the 2019 Mainebiz Business Leaders of the Year

Each year, Mainebiz recognizes the business leaders in Maine whose vision is making a difference in their companies, for their employees and customers, and in their communities. In 2019, Mainebiz honored five such business...

News

61 Verrill Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers, 12 as Lawyers of the Year

(September 3, 2019) – More than 60 Verrill attorneys were once again recognized as “Best Lawyers” by Best Lawyers® 2020 . In addition, 12 attorneys from the firm were named “Lawyer of the Year,&rdquo...

Blog

Government Shutdown Impacts Breweries

Planning to brew something that needs a formula approval or a COLA approval? Have a new facility in the works? If so, you might want to reconfigure your schedule because the government shutdown has...

Blog

Times are Changing: Verrill Dana Hosts Full-Day Conference, 2019 Annual Employment Law Update

After a year full of changes for employers paired with a new governor in Maine, Verrill Dana will reflect on recent legal developments in labor and employment law and what the new year might...

Blog

The TTB is Watching – Beverage Community Asked to Self-Report Violations

Blog

Join Us at The 2019 New England Craft Brew Summit

Join us this Friday, March 1, at the 2019 New England Craft Brew Summit at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, Maine. The premier regional, craft beer industry business-to-business conference will be...

Blog

Changing Policies and Practices? Don’t Just Question if it’s Legal, Question the PR Consequences