Biography

Peter's practice has focused primarily in the areas of corporate, business, banking, and educational law. Peter is the firm's Senior Partner Emeritus and a member of the Business Law Group.

Peter served as General Counsel for Bowdoin College for four decades and has advised a broad variety of businesses, including publicly held corporations and non-profit corporations throughout the state of Maine.

Peter has been recognized as a leading attorney in Maine in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law through his inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 1983. He also contributed to the legal profession when he was Chair of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, of the Board of Overseers of the Bar and its Grievance Commission, and of the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Cornell Law School  (LL.B.)
  • Bowdoin College  (A.B.)

Public Service

  • Former Chair & Director, Maine Humanities Council
  • Former Trustee, Maine Community Foundation Fund
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection (1997-2005)
  • Chair, Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices (1997-2002)
  • Chair, Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar (1990-1992)
  • Chair, Grievance Commission, Board of Overseers of the Bar (1984-1988)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • Maine State, American, and Cumberland County Bar Associations
  • Fellow, Maine Justice Foundation

Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Corporate Law
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law
  • Listed in Who's Who in America
  • Bowdoin College Alumni Service Award (1999)

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Court and Other Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court

Firm Highlights

Event

Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting: Flexible Work Options

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez will be presenting at the Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting. This month's chapter meeting will focus on flexible work options. Tawny will discuss how policy impacts...

Blog

Commercial Co-Ventures: What You Need to Know During a Pandemic

Blog

Financial Institutions . . . In the News

Hundreds of business owners filing federal aid applications with lenders. ( Portland Press Herald 4.6.2020) Maine Securities Administrator Judith Shaw cautions to be careful of scammers. ( Central Maine 4.6.2020) New Dimensions Federal Credit...

News

Maine's 'Thoughtful' and 'Aggressive' Response to COVID-19

On Wednesday, April 8, the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce had its first ever virtual Eggs & Issues, moderated by Jim Cohen, volunteer board president of the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce and Verrill...

Matter

Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

News

Available Take-Home Methadone Doses for Patients

Attorney Jim Cohen was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article, "Methadone restrictions relaxed during pandemic, but not for everyone." The article describes the recent relaxed federal restrictions for the drug, due to the...

Matter

Management Inefficiency

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...

Publication/Podcast

Executive Order Temporarily Modifies Requirements for In-Person Notarization and Acknowledgement in Maine

On April 8, 2020, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed an Executive Order titled “An Order Temporarily Modifying Certain In-Person Notarization and Acknowledgement Requirements.” The purpose of this Order is to enable citizens to execute...

Publication/Podcast

Should Health Care Employers Prepare for COVID-19 As A Work-Related Injury?

While we know that everyone is being bombarded with COVID-19 recommendations, advice, news, and data, another important issue to manage in the workplace is the possibility of COVID-19 infection, if acquired at work and...