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Verrill Dana’s Litigation & Trial Group Achieves Highest Distinction in Maine

July 12, 2019 Press Releases

(July 12, 2019) – Verrill Dana has been distinguished as a leading firm in Maine in the field of Litigation: General Commercial by London-based Chambers & Partners (Chambers), one of the world’s most respected legal research and publishing firms. Verrill Dana is one of only two Maine firms recognized as Band 1 in this practice area, the highest distinction that Chambers bestows in a particular field.

Each year, Chambers conducts thousands of in-depth interviews with clients in order to assess the reputations and expertise of business lawyers across the United States in various practice areas. The firm was assessed on its technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, and commitment, among others.

Verrill Dana’s Litigation & Trial Group offers unparalleled hands-on experience in actual trials, having tried more than 600 jury and non-jury cases, in addition to several hundred arbitrations, and thousands of mediations and administrative proceedings. The firm’s litigators have a deep and broad range of experience litigating high-profile and complex cases across industries and matters.

In addition to the firm’s recognition in the field of Litigation: General Commercial in Maine, Verrill Dana was acknowledged as a Leading Firm in six other main categories and four other subcategories. Nearly 32% of the firm’s attorneys were individually recognized in the Guide, including Litigation & Trial team members Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, A. Robert Ruesch, Frank J. Silvestri Jr., and Karen Frink Wolf.

Firm Highlights

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Jury verdict awarding our client in excess of $900,000+ in U.S. District Court on behalf of a wrongfully terminated general contractor

Our client was the prime contractor for construction of a new clay lined landfill in rural Vermont. The Owner terminated the contractor shortly before substantial completion and filed suit for completion costs. We countersued...

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Defense of Contractor - Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Claims

This case concerned the construction of a marine boat dock on an island in Boston Harbor. The Plaintiff claimed entitlement to unpaid wages and enhanced wages under the federal prevailing wage statute known as...

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Successful Design and Construction Defects Claims for Large Hospital Client

We are successfully pursued claims in federal court seeking recovery of damages arising from defects in the design and construction of a $170 million addition to a Maine hospital complex. The case involved building...

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Contractor’s Prevails at Trial on Breach of Contract Claims and Gets Legal Fees Awarded

Our contractor/real estate developer client was sued in New Hampshire state court by the owner for breach of a of a $2 million design/build contract. Our client also asserted a counterclaim for breach of...

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Verrill Trial Lawyers Again Ranked Among the Nation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation

(September 30, 2019) –Verrill attorneys Martha C. Gaythwaite and Karen Frink Wolf were once again named two of the nation’s “ Top 250 Women in Litigation ” by Benchmark Litigation . Benchmark Litigation is...

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Age Discrimination Case in the Health Care Industry

Verrill Dana’s Litigation Team successfully represented a healthcare institution in an age discrimination case brought by a former doctor. The case wound its way from Federal Court, to Maine Superior Court to the Maine...

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Goose Rocks Beach Litigation

We represent coastal landowners in an appeal pending before the Maine Supreme Court, in which we are challenging a lower court ruling that title to Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport is held by the...

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Successful Defense of Claims for Delays, Owner Interference and Extra Work

The Jackson Laboratory, a global leader in genetic research, retained us to assist it with claims arising from construction of its $70 million state-of the art vivarium facility including late completion by its construction...