Verrill Dana Welcomes Two New Attorneys

October 25, 2017 Press Releases

(October 25, 2017) – Verrill Dana welcomes attorneys Hale H. Melnick and Alexander N. Porter as associates in the firm's Portland, Maine office. Both previously served as summer associates at Verrill Dana.

Melnick earned his law degree from the Boston College Law School, cum laude, where he served as Articles Editor of the Environmental Affairs Law Review. In this role, he published two law review articles focusing on judicial interpretation of federal environmental regulation and guidance documents. During law school, Melnick also served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Paul J. Barbadoro of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, and later as a judicial extern to the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He also competed in the Boston College Law School moot court competition. Prior to law school, he worked for a non-profit organization in Boulder, Colorado, which serves to protect and conserve outdoor recreation areas throughout the country. In addition, he has volunteered for a number of organizations that provide legal aid to immigrants, and has worked on many statewide and national political campaigns in New Hampshire and Colorado. He received his bachelor's degree from Colorado College.

Porter, a former Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Angus S. King, Jr. (I-ME), also earned his law degree from the Boston College Law School, magna cum laude. As Senator King's primary advisor on transportation and infrastructure issues, he prepared the Senator for speeches on the Senate floor, corresponded with senior Administration officials, and became well-versed on transportation funding mechanisms. During law school, Porter served as an Articles Editor on the Boston College Law Review and participated in Boston College's Community Enterprise Clinic. In addition, he was an active participant in Boston College Law School's student government, serving as its President during his third year. Previously, he worked as a judicial intern for United States District Court Judge Jon. D. Levy of the District of Maine. Porter received his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, cum laude, where he received the Richard E. Morgan Prize for Excellence in the Study of the Constitution.

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