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Verrill Trial Attorneys Once Again Recognized as “Local Litigation Stars” in Benchmark Litigation 2021 Edition

January 14, 2021

(January 14, 2021)– Eight Verrill attorneys have again been recognized for their litigation skills in Benchmark Litigation’s 2021 edition. In addition to the firm’s eight individual rankings, both Karen Frink Wolf and Martha C. Gaythwaite were recently named to Benchmark Litigation’s national list of “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by the publication. Benchmark Litigation prides itself as the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, and is the only publication to focus exclusively on U.S. litigation. Their rankings are based on months of research that includes extensive interviewing of litigators and their clients.

Benchmark Litigation ranked Verrill as a “Highly Recommended Firm” in Maine and as “Recommended” in Connecticut.

Scott D. Anderson has been recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” for Energy, Environmental, and Technology and Telecommunications in Maine. Anderson assists clients with litigation involving environmental and land use laws and permitting, including state and federal regulation of telecommunications facilities and hydropower assets. He also litigates cases involving complex property disputes, including boundary disagreements, nuisance actions, partition cases, and other litigation concerning real property rights. His practice also includes litigation against governmental entities on topics ranging from permitting to elections law and health care reimbursement. His work includes proceedings before administrative agencies and practice before both trial and appellate courts.

Charles P. Bacall has been recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” for Intellectual Property in Maine. Bacall has a wealth of experience in the fields of trademark and copyright law. He assists businesses, including many brand owners with international trademark portfolios, with the selection, screening, registration, licensing, and enforcement of marks and other work products. Due to his familiarity with both intellectual property and business law, he often serves in an outside general counsel role to companies that rely on intellectual property for their competitive advantage. Bacall’s practice goes beyond the basics of registering and protecting intellectual property assets; he also advises clients as they develop and implement new intellectual property, helping them avoid or resolve unintentional conflicts.

Karen Frink Wolf has been recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” for General Commercial, Professional Liability, and Securities in Maine. She was also recently recognized as one of Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the country for the eighth consecutive year. Wolf, Chair of the firm’s Professional Liability & Licensure Group, has tried more than 100 civil jury trials to verdict. She is go to litigation counsel for physicians, hospitals, and health care professionals, and for pharmaceutical companies in drug and device litigation. In addition to those in the health care industry, she represents accountants, attorneys, and other business professionals at trial and before licensing and ethics boards. Wolf also maintains a high-stakes domestic relations practice and is in high demand as a mediator and arbitrator.

Martha C. Gaythwaite has been recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” for Aviation, Environmental, Mass Tort, Product Liability and Recall, and Shipping in Maine. She was also recently recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s national ranking, “Top 250 Women in Litigation,” for the seventh consecutive year. Gaythwaite, Chair of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Group, has tried more than 150 civil jury trial cases to verdict. Gaythwaite defends catastrophic personal injury cases throughout the United States, as well as complex commercial business litigation and products liability cases arising from aviation, agricultural, and workplace accidents. She also has a dedicated interest in environmental law, which began when she worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before becoming a lawyer.

A. Robert Ruesch has been recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” for Construction, Professional Liability, Real Estate, and Trade and Customs in Maine. Ruesch is Chair of the firm's Construction Law Group. He maintains an active practice in state and federal courts throughout New England. Ruesch has particular skill in complex contract, business, and insurance disputes. He also focuses on construction, design, and surety law where he counsels his clients through all aspects of the construction process, including contract negotiation, procurement, bid protests, claims management and avoidance as well as trials, arbitration, and mediation.

Timothy R. Shannon has been recognized as a “Future Star.” Shannon maintains a national patent litigation practice in a variety of high-tech fields, including software, telecommunications, and LED lighting, as well as various life-science technologies ranging from stem cells to genetic therapies. His complaint-to-trial experience includes courts across the country, from Massachusetts to Texas, as well as representing clients at the PTO (IPR proceedings) and the ITC. His experience also includes both operating companies and troll/NPE’s in a wide range of high-value intellectual property disputes.

Frank J. Silvestri Jr. has been recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” for General Commercial and Securities in Connecticut. An integral member of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Group, Frank represents clients in business disputes. He has litigated partnership and corporate controversies including breach of fiduciary duty, corporate governance, and securities claims; unfair trade practice, business tort, and antitrust claims; health care matters; and real property claims.

Rachel M. Wertheimer has been recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” for Appellate and General Commercial in Maine. Wertheimer is a trial and appellate attorney representing businesses of all stripes in resolving their complex, bet-the-company commercial disputes. She also has significant experience representing companies and individuals in administrative proceedings and appeals, white collar criminal matters, government investigations, and antitrust disputes. Since joining Verrill in 2012, she has represented some of the region’s most significant businesses in their most complex disputes.

Firm Highlights

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Patent Litigation: LED Lighting

Defended national lighting manufacturer against competitor with patents relating to LED lighting and driver design. Briefed Markman . Also filed successful IPR petitions against asserted patents (each petition instituted on all challenged claims). Case...

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Patent Litigation: Telecommunications

Defended regional telecommunications provider against non-practicing entity with patents related to modem design and operation. Developed exhaustion argument based on prior licensing activity. Also successfully opposed non-practicing entity’s motion to consolidate cases under Multi-District...

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Patent Litigation: Software

Defended semiconductor designer in patent dispute involving patents related to user authentication systems. Briefed and argued Markman . Case settled shortly thereafter on favorable terms.

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Patent Litigation: Software

Defended integrated design environment (“IDE”) producer in patent dispute involving patents related to user authentication systems. Briefed and argued Markman . Case settled shortly thereafter on favorable terms.

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65 Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2022, Including Eight Named Lawyers of the Year

(August 31, 2021) – 65 Verrill attorneys were recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers® 2022 , including 8 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year,” a distinguished recognition for only a single lawyer in...

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Patent Litigation: Telecommunications

Defended national telecommunications provider in patent dispute involving patents related to standard-essential DSL technology. Developed unenforceability defense as well as defense based on patent troll’s failure to offer fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory royalty rate...

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Trademark Litigation: Consumer Goods

Represented three defendants against trademark owner in long-running dispute. Successfully briefed early motion to dismiss on all non-trademark claims against the defendants. First-chaired trial of trademark claims leading to a successful decision invaliding all...

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Patent Litigation: Electronic Health Records

Defended electronic health record (“EHR”) software producer in patent dispute involving a non-practicing entity and patents related to database design and operation. Filed an early motion to dismiss based upon subject matter eligibility under...

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Patent Litigation: LED Lighting

Represented national lighting manufacturer in Section 337 investigation before the International Trade Commission. Developed early invalidity position, which resulted in early (and favorable) settlement prior to summary determination.

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Patent Litigation: LED Lighting

Defended national lighting manufacturer against non-practicing entity on patents relating to TLED design. Developed early non-infringement positions which resulted in early (and favorable) settlement.

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