Careers

Community

Service to the community and the legal profession is one of our core values. Verrill's staff and attorneys are deeply committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work. We are proud of our contributions of human and financial resources to support the important work of charitable and nonprofit organizations throughout New England.

Community Service Award

To honor the legacy of community service embodied by one of our most dedicated and longest-serving attorneys, the Roger A. Putnam Community Service Award was created. Throughout his legal career, Roger has been dedicated to ensuring access to justice for the most vulnerable and underrepresented in our communities. Each year since, Verrill has recognized exceptional service to the community by a staff member or attorney.

2014: Roger Putnam, Of Counsel (Portland)

2015: Mark Borreliz, Counsel (Boston)

2016: Bill Harwood, Partner (Portland)

2017: Rob Laplaca, Partner (Westport)

2018: Vanny Neov, Legal Assistant (Boston)

2019: William Knowles, Counsel (Portland)

Bill Knowles
We thank Bill for his commitment to the community, and in particular to the legal profession. Bill has been referred to as the 'real deal' and a 'champion' for providing legal services to the disadvantaged. We are honored to recognize him for his longstanding commitment to advancing justice in Maine and volunteering with various organizations throughout the community. He is truly an inspiration to all at the firm.
K.C. Jones, Managing Partner
2019 Roger A. Putnam Community Service Award Winner - William Knowles

Commitment to Support

Verrill and our staff and attorneys are committed to the communities in which we live and work. Here are just a few examples of how we demonstrate that commitment:

  • The Roger A. Putnam Fellowship Fund: A permanent endowment fund, established in honor of Verrill attorney Roger A. Putnam. The fund is held and administered by the University of Maine School of Law Foundation for the benefit of students participating in the school's clinical education program. The endowment supports an annual paid summer internship for a law student at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic.
  • The Volunteer Lawyers Project: Recognized by the Maine Bar Foundation and the Volunteer Lawyers Project for accepting the most volunteer cases, and for dedicating the most hours of any Maine law firm.
  • Campaign for Justice: Verrill attorneys donate thousands of dollars to the Campaign for Justice, an annual fundraising effort on behalf of six legal aid providers.
  • Service to Community Organizations: Verrill's attorneys serve as trustees or board members for more than 177 nonprofit organizations serving a wide range of community needs across New England.
  • Financial Support to Community Organizations: Through donations and sponsorships, Verrill attorneys and staff donate generously to local charities annually.
  • The 150 Project: In 2012, Verrill celebrated 150 years of client service. To honor this milestone, we launched The 150 Project, in which we facilitated and recognized the donations of time, money, or property — in increments of 150 — by attorneys and staff for causes ranging from combating hunger to improving the environment.
  • Pro Bono: Under the direction of our Pro Bono Coordinator, Verrill attorneys have been recognized as Katahdin Counsel by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court for working at least 50 pro bono hours in a year.

Verrill 2020: Our firm in 60 seconds from Verrill on Vimeo.

60.3

The percentage of Verrill attorneys providing pro bono service.

3,985

The number of hours donated to people in need of pro bono and legal aid.

2014

The year we launched the Roger Putnam Community Service Award, recognizing staff and attorneys who embody our firm's spirit of community service.

177

The number of organizations supported by Verrill attorneys through board and volunteer service.

Firm Highlights

Matter

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Workers' Compensation and Employers' Liability Committee

In the spring of 2021, employment and labor attorney Beth Smith published an article in the American Bar Association's The Brief publication. Entitled "Workers' Compensation and Employers' Liability Committee," Beth discusses how this committee...

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A Big Merci Beaucoup to Les Habitants

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James A. Durham, Verrill's New COO

On August 3, Law360 covered the hire of James A. Durham as Verrill's new chief operating officer in an article, "Longtime Law Firm Executive Becomes Verrill Dana's COO." Durham has significant experience as a...

Publication/Podcast

Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?

On June 10, employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez spoke with Maine Association of Nonprofits for its blog post "Help Desk FAQ: Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?" As MANP continues to receive questions from...

Event

2021 Employment Law Annual Update Series: Part Eight

Join us for the eighth part of our 2021 Employment Law Annual Update! The virtual series will continue through the year on the third Thursday of each month . This year, we are taking...

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MAME's 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Please join us as we sponsor MAME’s 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament! Proceeds go to the MAME Scholarship Fund to help support students interested in entering the manufacturing and trade industry in Maine. At...

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Copyright Litigation: Software

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