Biography

Phil's civil litigation practice focuses on aggressive and creative problem-solving in order to put his clients in the best possible position at alternative dispute resolution or trial.

He believes in the importance of setting forth a comprehensive strategy at the outset of litigation in order to intelligently steer a case to an attainable goal. He has experience managing and trying cases throughout New England, including on behalf of some of the region's largest ski areas. Phil's practice focuses on defense of product liability claims, including manufacturers of industrial machinery, farm and lawn products, and elevators and other lift products, as well as producers of consumer products. He also handles cases involving allegations of professional misconduct or negligence, premises liability, and other personal injury and commercial litigation.

Originally from Brattleboro, Vermont, Phil now resides in Falmouth, Maine, with his wife, two young daughters, and son. In his free time, Phil enjoys skiing, running, canoeing, reading history, playing and coaching baseball, and riding bikes with his children.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law  (J.D.)
    • Associate Editor of The Dickinson Law Review
  • Bowdoin College  (B.A., cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire

Memberships

  • Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Vermont State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • New Hampshire State Bar Association

Honors

  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

Firm Highlights

Blog

Five Employment Law Traps For CFOs Tasked with HR Oversight

Overseeing human resources -- a hat that many CFOs wear -- may mean having to make crucial decisions about hiring and policy, performance management and discipline, and employee terminations. Such decisions may affect HR...

Matter

Helping Non-Depository Trust Companies Do Business in Other States

Verrill has helped to form more non-depository trust companies in Maine than any other law firm. We have also helped our trust clients when they look to expand their business into other states. In...

News

Verrill Attorney Elected Secretary of National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network Executive Board

(November 13, 2019) – Verrill attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith was recently elected secretary of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN). Smith has been a member of the NWCDN since 2006, and was first...

Blog

DOL Proposes New Electronic Disclosure Rules for Retirement Plans

Publication/Podcast

Building a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace

Publication/Podcast

WEBINAR: Home Care Companies - Wage and Hour Differences/Electronic Visit Verification

For this webinar, Verrill's employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez and MassPay's HR Generalist Amanda Bridge discuss serious implications associated with wage and hour differences and electronic visit verification (EVV) for the home care...

News

Verrill Welcomes Patent Attorney Dean Phelps

(November 13, 2019) – Verrill is pleased to welcome patent attorney Dean Phelps to the firm’s Boston office. Dean is the fifth patent attorney to join Verrill in the past nine months as the...

Event

Maine Rural Water Association's 39th Annual Technical Conference and Tradeshow

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez and Jim Cohen will be presenting at the Maine Rural Water Association's 39th Annual Technical two-day conference on December 10-20, 2019. The event will focus on offering educational...

Blog

Identifying and Handling a Hostile Work Environment

Employee claims of “hostile work environments” continue to make news both in Maine and on a national level, putting potentially embarrassing and damaging workplace and employee interpersonal issues into the public eye. But when...

Matter

Establishment of Non-Depository Trust for National Company

Verrill served as special counsel to a national firm in the chartering and licensing of a Maine non-depository trust company as the client’s wholly-owned subsidiary. Non-depository trust companies are highly regulated, and the matter...