Biography

As Managing Partner of the firm, K.C. brings a background representing businesses and a keen attention to detail to leading the firm.

K.C. has advised publicly held companies, family businesses, and nonprofit entities on matters of corporate governance and the efficient structuring of their operations. He has represented numerous businesses in raising venture capital and bank and other debt, including the representation of various parties in municipal and corporate bond transactions. K.C. has acted as securities counsel to a number of Maine publicly held corporations, for which he was involved in preparing periodic reports, registration statements, and proxy statements in accordance with SEC rules. K.C. has designed employee stock purchase, option, and incentive plans, has prepared related SEC filings, and has advised corporate executives and shareholders on their obligations under federal securities laws.

K.C. frequently has been engaged in complex mergers and acquisitions involving public and other companies. He has also been involved in tender offers, proxy contests, shareholder disputes, and other matters involving control of corporations.

K.C. is a former Chair of the Business Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association and was actively involved in revisions to Maine's current corporate and securities statutes. He is also a previous Chair of the International Practice Section of the Maine State Bar Association and has spoken frequently on issues involved in cross-border trade and investment in Maine and Canada.

K.C. is an avid cyclist and photographer.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Georgetown University  (J.D., magna cum laude)
    • Editor, Law and Policy in International Business
  • Yale University  (B.A., cum laude)
    • Honors in Economics

Public Service

  • Director, Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute (2013-present)
  • Director, New England Legal Foundation (2012-2017)
  • Director, Maine & Company (2009-present)
  • Secretary, MaineHealth Board of Trustees (2005-2013)
  • Director, United Way of Greater Portland (1998-2009; Chair, 2004-2006)
  • Member, Governor's Advisory Council on International Trade (1995)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Maine Justice Foundation
  • Maine State Bar Association Business Law Section (Chair, 2003-2004) and International Practice Section (Chair, 1990-1994)
  • American Bar Association, Business Law and International Law and Practice Sections
  • Drafting Committee, Maine Model Business Corporation Act (2001-2002)

Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2019 Portland, Maine Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2017 Portland, Maine Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2016 Portland, Maine Securities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2012 and 2020 Portland, Maine Securities Regulation Lawyer of the Year
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation

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Firm Highlights

Blog

Financial Institutions . . . In the News

Hundreds of business owners filing federal aid applications with lenders. ( Portland Press Herald 4.6.2020) Maine Securities Administrator Judith Shaw cautions to be careful of scammers. ( Central Maine 4.6.2020) New Dimensions Federal Credit...

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...

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...

News

Maine's 'Thoughtful' and 'Aggressive' Response to COVID-19

On Wednesday, April 8, the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce had its first ever virtual Eggs & Issues, moderated by Jim Cohen, volunteer board president of the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce and Verrill...

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...

Blog

Commercial Co-Ventures: What You Need to Know During a Pandemic

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...

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...

Publication/Podcast

Executive Order Temporarily Modifies Requirements for In-Person Notarization and Acknowledgement in Maine

On April 8, 2020, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed an Executive Order titled “An Order Temporarily Modifying Certain In-Person Notarization and Acknowledgement Requirements.” The purpose of this Order is to enable citizens to execute...

News

Available Take-Home Methadone Doses for Patients

Attorney Jim Cohen was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article, "Methadone restrictions relaxed during pandemic, but not for everyone." The article describes the recent relaxed federal restrictions for the drug, due to the...