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

News

Enforcement Issues with SJC Ruling for the Rockweed Industry

Environmental attorney Gordon Smith was quoted in the Machias Valley News Observer article, "One year after SJC ruling, enforcement issues plague rockweed industry," discussing the Ross v. Acadian Seaplant's decision in Maine. Questions about...

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...

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...

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...

Blog

Paying Health Insurance Premiums for Furloughed or Laid Off Employees

Employers of all sizes in nearly every industry have had to lay off or furlough employees in an attempt to deal with the massive business disruptions caused by the spread of COVID-19. Facing this...

Publication/Podcast

Massachusetts Legislation, Regulations, and Programs Regarding COVID-19 Emergency

On March 24 th , the Governor filed legislation to make temporary changes to Massachusetts’ laws and regulations covering a wide range of public and private enterprises to remain in effect during the Covid-19...

News

Verrill Signs Pledge in Support of Advancing Diversity & Inclusion in Connecticut Legal Community

(March 10, 2020) – Verrill has officially joined the Connecticut Bar Association in its ongoing commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the region’s legal community by signing “The Connecticut Legal Community’s Diversity &...

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...

Publication/Podcast

Congress Passes the Paycheck Protection Program

On March 27, the United States Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES” Act). The Act contains many provisions affecting broad swaths of the U.S. economy. The purpose of...

Blog

COVID-19: Federal Bank Regulators Scramble to Issue Waivers and Guidance

As state, federal, and local governments impose ever-greater limitations on business activities and mobility in order to lessen the spread of the coronavirus, the strain on the US economy has grown exponentially. Over the...