64 Verrill Dana Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers, 8 as Lawyers of the Year

August 16, 2016 Press Releases

(August 16, 2016) More than 60 Verrill Dana attorneys were once again recognized by Best Lawyers® 2017. In addition, eight attorneys from the firm were named "Lawyer of the Year," a distinguished recognition for only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area.

The complete list of ranked Verrill Dana attorneys by office:

Augusta, Maine Office

Michael V. Saxl (Government Relations Practice)

Boston, Mass. Office

Andrew P. Rusczek (Health Care Law)
Elizabeth Murdock Myers (Corporate Law)
Gary A. Rosenberg (Health Care Law)
Gene Dahmen (Family Law)
Jeffrey L. Heidt (Health Care Law)
Mark A. Borreliz (Health Care Law)
Michael L. Fay (Trusts and Estates)
Paul W. Shaw (Health Care Law)
Regina M. Hurley (Family Law)
Thomas O. Bean (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Bankruptcy)

Portland, Maine Office

A. Robert Ruesch (Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction)
Anthony M. Calcagni (Real Estate Law)
Charles P. Bacall (Corporate Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law)
*Lawyer of the Year: Copyright Law
Charles R. Oestreicher (Real Estate Law)
Christopher J. W. Coggeshall (Real Estate Law)
Christopher R. Smith (Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
David E. Warren (Business Organizations, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law)
*Lawyer of the Year: Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law
David L. Galgay, Jr. (Real Estate Law)
David S. Abramson (Family Law, Sports Law)
Douglas P. Currier (Employment Law – Management, Immigration Law, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
Elizabeth Connellan Smith (Workers' Compensation Law – Employers)
Eric D. Altholz (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law,Health Care Law)
*Lawyer of the Year: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Erik Peters (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
Gordon R. Smith (Environmental Law)
Gregg H. Ginn (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Gregory S. Fryer (Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation)
Harold J. Friedman (Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
*Lawyer of the Year: Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Jacqueline W. Rider (Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates)
James C. Palmer (Real Estate Law)
James G. Goggin (Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent)
James I. Cohen (Administrative / Regulatory Law, Government Relations Practice)
John P. Giffune (Construction Law, Litigation – Construction)
Jonathan M. Dunitz (Litigation – Insurance)
Juliet T. Browne (Energy Law, Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Environmental, Natural Resources Law)
Karen F. Wolf (Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants)
Karen K. Hartford (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)
Keith C. Jones (Corporate Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
*Lawyer of the Year: Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Kelly L. Baetz (Land Use and Zoning Law)
Kenneth F. Ginder (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)
Kimberly S. Couch (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)
Kurt E. Klebe (Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Non-Profit / Charities Law, Trusts and Estates)
Lisa S. Boehm (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)
Mark K. Googins (Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
Martha C. Gaythwaite (Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
Mary McQuillen (Trusts and Estates)
Michael J. Donlan (Litigation – Real Estate)
Nora R. Healy (Administrative / Regulatory Law)
Peter B. Webster (Corporate Law)
Raymond A. Pelletier (Real Estate Law)
Richard G. Moon (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
Robert C. Brooks (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Workers' Compensation Law – Employers, Litigation – Labor and Employment)
*Lawyer of the Year: Litigation – Labor and Employment
Roger A. Clement, Jr. (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy)
Scott D. Anderson (Administrative / Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Environmental)
Susan E. Bryant (Securities Regulation)
*Lawyer of the Year: Securities Regulation
Suzanne E. Meeker (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)
Thomas C. Newman (Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Copyright Law, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Patent Law, Trademark Law)
*Lawyer of the Year: Litigation – Intellectual Property
Timothy R. Shannon (Litigation – Patent)
William C. Knowles (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
William H. Stiles (Health Care Law)
William S. Harwood (Administrative / Regulatory Law, Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law)

Westport, Conn. Office

Frank J. Silvestri, Jr. (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Securities)
Karen A. Mignone (Environmental Law)
Patricia D. Weitzman (Litigation – Health Care)

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