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 multifaceted practice and his creative, analytical approach to complex legal issues are natural extensions 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 the 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.


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 12 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, who chairs Verrill's Wellness Committee, completed the Trek Across Maine to raise funds for the American Lung Association (ALA) 2015-2019. He also completed the Cycle the Seacoast ride to raise funds for the American Lung Association 2016-2019, and the Cycle for Life ride 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 ride and Trek Across Maine in 2018 and 2019. Jonathan is also an Eagle Scout.



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

Public Service

  • New England Bar Association, Board of Directors (2018-present)
  • Member, Pro Bono Committee, Maine Justice Action Group
  • 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


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


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

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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


Real Estate and Mortgage Law: Sufficiency of Mortgagee’s Notice of Right to Cure to Borrower

Verrill filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Maine Association of Mortgage Professionals in a case involving an issue of first impression under Maine law regarding the sufficiency of a statutory notice of...


Distilled Spirits Permittees: What You Need to Know About Producing Hand Sanitizer


Taxation: Charges for Interstate and International Telecommunications Services Are Not Part of Sale Price

During an audit, Maine Revenue Services assessed a service provider tax on property tax recovery charges and carrier cost recovery charges that our client, a telecommunications company, charged its customers on calls that originated...


BABLO Issues Guidance on Reopening


What will COVID-19 Liability Litigation Look Like for Consumer Facing Businesses?

The short answer is, no one knows right now because the issues arising from COVID-19 are extraordinarily rare and distinguishable from more typical claims against retail, restaurants, and similar consumer facing businesses. For example...


Elections and Constitutional Law: Constitutionality of Ranked Choice Voting

Verrill Dana represented the League of Women Voters in two proceedings before the Maine Supreme Court relating to the constitutionality of Maine’s voter-approved ranked choice voting law. The first proceeding, Opinion of the Justices...


Hand Sanitizer Relief for Distilled Spirits Extension


Taxation and Constitutional Law: Amicus Brief to U.S. Supreme Court regarding Sales Taxation by States

Verrill represented the National Auctioneers Association as amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court case South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc . The case presented the issue of whether states could require out-of-state sellers to...


Taxation and Abatement: Double Taxation Is Error in Assessment, Not Error in Valuation

Verrill assisted the Maine State Chamber of Commerce with drafting its amicus brief in a case in which two Maine towns refused Emera Maine’s request for a tax abatement. The Town of Eddington and...


Juggling the Costs of Reopening and Litigation: Try Mediation

State governments are creating paths to restart their economies. Businesses desperately want to start generating income and put the COVID-19 crisis behind them. Companies and their management are closely studying the guidelines issued by...