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

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...

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...

Blog

CARES Act Imposes Limits on Executive Pay over $425,000 for Businesses Seeking Financial Assistance

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the $2 trillion assistance package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was signed into law. The CARES Act provides a variety of...

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...

Publication/Podcast

PPP Forgivable Loan Program: An Update from the SBA

The SBA has published an interim final rule that describes the Paycheck Protection Program. This includes a useful explanation of various elements of the Program. The rule can be found online: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP--IFRN FINAL.pdf...

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 &...

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...

Blog

With CARES Act, Congress provides retirement plan relief and group health plan changes

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, includes a number of provisions that affect retirement plan sponsors and participants. These provisions are designed to provide...

Publication/Podcast

PPP Forgivable Loan Program: How to Do the Math

(Originally published 4/2/2020, revised 4/3/2020) Thousands of articles are circulating about the new Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES Act signed into law on March 27. Having a general idea about how this Program...

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...