Verrill assists businesses and individuals in Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut in resolving complex real estate matters, including disputes over the validity and priority of fee ownership interests, easements, liens, and other real property interests. The Real Estate Litigation Group includes experienced litigation as well as transactional attorneys. Collaborating with clients to achieve their goals in a cost-effective manner, our attorneys search for creative solutions to resolve claims without court intervention. If litigation proves necessary, the group's seasoned litigators can draw not only on their own experience, but also on the in-depth knowledge of the firm's transactional attorneys to ensure mastery of the real property and title insurance issues in dispute. Our work includes trial and appellate practice before state and federal courts, arbitration, and mediation. Our real estate litigation experience includes:

  • Eminent domain/condemnation issues and claims
  • Mortgages, attachments, mechanics liens, and other liens
  • Easement, boundary, and title disputes
  • Title slander cases
  • Title irregularities and defects
  • Easement and access disputes
  • Quiet title actions
  • Restrictive covenant disputes
  • Adverse possession, prescriptive easements, encroachment, and trespass claims
  • Option agreement claims
  • Right of first refusal claims
  • Purchase & Sale (P&S) agreement disputes
  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Trespass to timber claims
  • Registered land cases
  • Partition actions
  • Waterfront rights cases
  • Tax takings
  • Insurance coverage and other policyholder claims
  • Surface water diversion
  • Title insurance policy subrogation claims
  • Land use/zoning disputes

The Real Estate Litigation Group also works closely with, and leverages the resources of, many other attorneys at Verrill to further advocate for our real estate clients. The firm's attorneys have experience in areas of law such as environmental, land use, corporate, public utilities, banking, commercial, tax, bankruptcy, estate planning, probate litigation, and general litigation.

Firm Highlights


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: FINAL.pdf...


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...


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 &...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...