Biography

Ray's experience as in-house counsel to a major supermarket chain gave him the perspective shared by many of his clients, allowing him to offer the practical guidance that clients look for in making business decisions. As a member of the firm's Real Estate Group, Ray focuses his practice on all aspects of commercial development, including site acquisition and leasing, governmental licensing and permitting, construction, and financing.

Ray has worked on transactions involving marine terminal facilities, vessel financing, and other marine-related matters. His work has also included the acquisition and development of supermarket, shopping center, medical, housing, and other projects, as well as divestiture, site acquisition, and development work for electrical utility and telecommunications clients. Ray has provided real estate and zoning advice in the build-out and reconfiguration of hundreds of telecommunications sites in every part of Maine, including the development of towers, and of rooftop and stealth installations.

Timberlands

Ray has represented clients in the timber and forest products industry in a wide variety of matters including purchases and sales involving hundreds of thousands of acres, complex partitions and land trades, agreements relating to the exploration and extraction of mineral rights, and the negotiation of management, harvesting, wood supply, and other operational contracts.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Boston College Law School  (J.D., summa cum laude)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editor, Boston College Law Review
  • Georgetown University  (B.S., magna cum laude)

Public Service

  • Vice Chair, The Greater Portland—Russian Sister City Committee (1997-present)
  • Commander, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Maine

Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Real Estate: Timberlands/Conservation
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Real Estate Law
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Real Estate: Business, Land Use/Zoning and International

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?

On June 10, employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez spoke with Maine Association of Nonprofits for its blog post "Help Desk FAQ: Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?" As MANP continues to receive questions from...

News

Maine's Evolving Economy and the Future of Remote Work

On June 8, Maine Public published "The Future of Remote Work: The Outlook for Maine Employers and Workers As Offices Re-Open," covering its Maine’s Evolving Economy series that focuses on the shifts in Maine’s...

News

32 Verrill Attorneys, Across Three Offices, Recognized in 2021 Chambers & Partners Guide

(May 27, 2021) – Verrill has been rated as a Leading Firm in a total of 11 categories and subcategories as evaluated by London-based Chambers & Partners, one of the world's most respected legal...

Publication/Podcast

Portland Maine Business Podcast with Tawny Alvarez

On this week's Portland Maine Business Podcast , a podcast with Shelby Turcotte of Shelby Trained, he interviews employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez who shares stories that contributed to shaping her as a...

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

Event

Relay for Justice Virtual 5K to Benefit Campaign for Justice

The Maine State Bar Association New Lawyers Section (NLS) is hosting the Relay for Justice, a Virtual 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Campaign for Justice. The race will take place June 25-27th and will...

Matter

Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

Blog

Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Forms

As many readers know, on May 28, 2021, An Act Providing for Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave was passed. The Act creates a fund for the Commonwealth to reimburse eligible employers who provide...

Blog

OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare Settings

Earlier today (June 10, 2021), OSHA issued COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) Subpart U applicable to healthcare settings. While OSHA has indicated that future guidance may be provided for other industries, today’s guidance is...

Event

IFOB “How-To”: Diversity and Inclusion Program

Join the Institute for Family-Owned Business for a program, "'How-To': Diversity and Inclusion Program," on June 24 at 8:30AM. Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez will be presenting “Covering and Why it is Effecting...

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