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.



  • 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


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


  • 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


Verrill Again Honored for Commitment to Pro Bono Service

(February 19, 2020) – Verrill is honored to receive the 2020 Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) Firm Pro Bono Achievement Award, presented by VLP during the Maine State Bar Association Annual Business Meeting &...


Maine Solar Boom: Over 1.5GW of Distributed Solar Capacity in the Queue


SECURE Act: Change to RMD Trigger Age Should Trigger Your Attention Now

As summarized in our January 7 Client Advisory , the SECURE Act includes many changes that affect the design and administration of retirement plans. One of those changes is the increase to the trigger...


2020 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

On Thursday, January 30, members from Verrill's Employment & Labor group, as well as some from the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation group, conducted a full-day seminar full of employment law related topics that...

News Earns Gold in the 2020 AVA Digital Awards Competition


Power Purchase Agreements

Represented a New York wind developer in proceedings in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island to obtain regulatory approval of power purchase agreements with utilities in those three states pursuant to their tristate clean energy...


Two Proposed Rules Aim to Increase Organ Donation in the U.S.


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...


Northeastern University RISE Expo

Verrill is sponsoring Northeastern University's RISE Expo on April 9, 2020. Our attorneys, Rob Hover, Dean Phelps, Lin Hymel, Beverly Hjorth, and John Powell, will attend and judge student's work, as well as interview...


Change of Control of Emera Maine

Verrill represented Emera Maine, and its affiliates Chester SVC Partnership and Maine Electric Power Company (the “Utilities”), before the Maine PUC with respect to the Utilities’ request for Commission approval of the change of...