Biography

As Chair of Verrill's Litigation and Trial Group, Martha leads a team of more than 40 attorneys, paralegals, and staff. An accomplished trial attorney committed to success on behalf of her clients, Martha is an ardent supporter of the civil jury system.

Martha has spent the bulk of her professional career representing clients before juries. At last count, Martha had tried more than 150 civil jury trial cases to verdict. Over the years, Martha has handled a wide variety of complex commercial matters throughout the country, including product liability cases arising from aviation, agricultural and workplace accidents, and medical devices.

In addition to handling jury trials, Martha has decades of experience handling non-jury and administrative matters. Although the focus of her trial work has involved product liability and commercial litigation, Martha has developed a dedicated interest in environmental law, which started when she worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before becoming a lawyer.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School  (J.D., cum laude)
    • Member, Suffolk University Law Review
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst  (B.A., cum laude)

Public Service

  • Lawyer's Fund for Client Protection, Trustee and Secretary (2011-2014); Trustee (2017-Present)
  • Grievance Commission Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar (2007-2009); Panel Chair (2009-2012)
  • Fee Arbitration Commission, Panel Member (1997-2011); Panel Chair (2001-2003)
  • Board Member, My Place Teen Center (2014-Present)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Florida
  • Connecticut

Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC)
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates

Honors

  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Litigation: General Commercial
  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named a Local Litigation Star for Aviation, Environmental, Mass Tort/Product Liability, Product Liability, and Shipping & Maritime by Benchmark Litigation
  • Named as one of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation" by Benchmark Litigation (2014-2019)
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2021 Litigation – Insurance "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2018 Product Liability Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Health Care, Litigation – Insurance, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, and Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants in Portland, Maine
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Personal Injury - Products: Defense, Professional Liability: Defense, Personal Injury - General: Defense
  • Katahdin Counsel Recognition for pro bono efforts

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

Clerkships

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Hon. George Carr
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Hon. Thomas G. Wilson
  • Massachusetts Superior Court, Middlesex County, Hon. James J. Nixon

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Firm Highlights

News

38 Verrill Attorneys, Across Four Offices, Recognized in 2020 Chambers & Partners Guide

(April 27, 2020) – Verrill has been rated as a Leading Firm in a total of ten categories and subcategories as evaluated by London-based Chambers & Partners , one of the world's most respected...

Matter

Utilities and Arbitration Law: Affirmance of Arbitration Award to Paper Mill regarding Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity

Verrill successfully represented a large paper mill in an arbitration proceeding involving a dispute over the operation of our client’s private natural gas pipeline. Verrill received a favorable decision from the arbitrator, including recovery...

News

As the Economy Reopens, Businesses Must be Aware of Possible Lawsuits

On May 11, the Bangor Daily News published an article, "Lawsuits may be next battleground for businesses as pandemic economy reopens," where legal experts give insight on the lawsuits to come as businesses begin...

News

Nearly 80 Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2021, Including a Dozen Named Lawyers of the Year

(August 24, 2020) – Nearly 80 Verrill attorneys were recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers® 2021 , including 12 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year,” a distinguished recognition for only a single lawyer...

Matter

Attorney/Judicial Misconduct: Defense against Legal Malpractice Claim

In Brooks v. Lemieux , 2017 ME 55, Maine’s Law Court upheld the award of summary judgment in favor of Verrill Dana’s client in a legal malpractice case arising from the dismissal by the...

Matter

Arbitration of Gas Pipeline Dispute

Represented Woodland Pulp in securing a favorable arbitration award after a lengthy and contentious arbitration proceeding resolving a dispute between Woodland Pulp and a tenant over shared use and "balancing" of a private natural...