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

Matter

Aquaculture

Verrill represents both growers and coastal landowners regarding leasing and licensing of aquaculture enterprises.

Matter

Protection of Private Coastal Property Rights for Conservation of Intertidal Habitat

Verrill successfully represented coastal landowners in first-impression litigation against a Canadian seaweed harvesting company with global operations to determine who owns the sea plants that are growing on private intertidal property in Maine. In...

News

Michael K. Fee to Lead Verrill’s Health Care and Life Sciences Defense Practice

(January 22, 2020) – Verrill is pleased to welcome Michael K. Fee to the firm’s Boston office as a Partner in its nationally recognized Health Care & Life Sciences Group and as the leader...

Publication/Podcast

Is the New U.S.-China Agreement What Was Prescribed?

The trade relationship between China and the United States has been top of mind for businesses over the past year. In spring 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping denied the U.S. Government's request to end...

Event

Annual Employment Law Update: HR 2020 Vision for the Future

News

Verrill Elects Four New Partners

(January 22, 2020) – Verrill is pleased to announce that four of the firm’s attorneys have been elected to partner: Kristin Doeberl, Kelly Donahue, Christopher Lockman, and Mathew Todaro. Kristin Doeberl , a family...

Publication/Podcast

More Proposed Changes to CCPA Geared to Health Care and Life Sciences Industries

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) took effect on January 1, 2020. Days later on January 8, 2020, the California Senate Health Committee unanimously approved Senate bill A.B. 713 (the “Bill”) to...

Event

AHLA Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Institute

In January, attorneys Kate Heffernan and Andrew Rusczek will be presenting at the American Health Lawyers Association's Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Institute conference in Arlington, VA. The conference is designed to address...

Blog

First Circuit Acts on Appeal by South Portland Pipeline Company

On January 10, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit acted on the Portland Pipe Line Corporation’s (PPLC) appeal of the district court order upholding a South Portland zoning ordinance that...

Blog

Annual Employment Law Update: HR 2020 - Vision for the Future