Biography

Keith assists clients by effectively resolving disputes, whether through settlement, mediation/arbitration, or litigation. He advocates for clients in all aspects of civil and regulatory litigation and appeals, and is practical and conscientious when guiding clients through the process of resolving a dispute in state or federal court.

Although Keith has experience in a wide variety of civil and regulatory matters, he focuses on business, real estate, land use, and fiduciary litigation, including Trust and Estate litigation and ERISA litigation. Keith also assists clients with administrative appeals and litigation with state and federal agencies.

Before joining Verrill, Keith served two years as a law clerk for the Honorable Alexander H. Sands of the Massachusetts Land Court, where he participated in the adjudication of numerous appeals of municipal board decisions related to Massachusetts land use permitting and litigation related to claims of right, title, or interest in real property. Keith served as a commissioner for five years on the City of Salem Conservation Commission, and now serves as Commissioner for the Town of Hamilton, where he is involved in hearing matters concerning the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act and Hamilton Conservation Bylaw.

During law school, Keith served as a law clerk for the Office of Administrative Law Judges for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., where he participated in the adjudication of administrative appeals of federal agency permit decisions and enforcement actions. Keith has also written and spoken on litigating standing in de novo land use appeals to the Massachusetts trial courts and on trial practice techniques.

Services/Industries

Education

  • New England School of Law  (J.D., magna cum laude)
    • Case & Note Editor, New England Law Review
  • State University of New York, Buffalo  (B.S.)

Public Service

  • Conservation Commission for the City of Salem, Massachusetts
  • Conservation Commission for the Town of Hamilton, Massachusetts
  • Member, Town of Hamilton Community Preservation Committee
  • Director, Hamilton Wenham Open Land Trust

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • Co-chair of the Wetlands, Waterway & Water Quality Committee, Environmental Law Section, Boston Bar Association (2010-2012)
  • Co-chair of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Pretrial Preparation Seminar

Honors

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers© under Business Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation and Construction Litigation: Business
  • Selected as an Up & Coming Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2011

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

Clerkships

  • Massachusetts Land Court, Hon. Alexander H. Sands

Firm Highlights

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...

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...

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...

News

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

Event

Annual Update Part 5: How to Deal with Difficult Employees

Join Verrill for its fifth session of the 2022 virtual Labor & Employment Annual Update Series. Verrill attorney Doug Currier will discuss the best practices to use when dealing with difficult employees. Workplaces are...

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

Procurement

We have assisted many owners, and contractors in design and construction contracting including: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Company on over a billion dollars in projects in Kendall Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts...

News

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

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