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


Financial Institutions . . . In the News

The July 2020 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report was released. ( DS News 8.27.2020) Federal Chairman Jerome Powell shows a plan to bolster the economy for the long-term. ( The Hill 8.26.2020) A May report...


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...


Allocation of Medical Loss Ratio Rebates and Premium Refunds

One consequence of the current COVID-19 crisis for group health plans has been the significant reduction in employee preventive care and elective medical procedures as people shelter in place and socially distance. When group...


Domestic Discovery for Foreign Arbitrations? Location, Location, Location!

International transactions can generate international disputes. A party to a lawsuit in one country may believe that a non-party in another country has information that could be put to good use in the case...


2017 Emera Distribution Rate Case

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...


Action Item & FAQ: New Maine Paid Leave Rules Address Business Concerns

On January 1, 2021, LD 369, An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave takes effect for Maine employers. Passed by the Legislature in 2019, Maine employers have been patiently waiting for clarification as to the...


Employee Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Restrictions: Traps for the Unwary

On Tuesday, October 6, employment and labor attorneys Tawny Alvarez and Scott Connolly will be presenting with The Middlesex Corporation Vice President and General Counsel Joshua Wernig for Verrill and ACC Northeast's program, Employee...


Zoom ADR: Best Practices for Virtually Every Virtual ADR Event

As the post-COVID-19 “new normal” comes into focus, it is unlikely that civil jury trials will happen in many jurisdictions until at least the spring of 2021. For family law matters, cases involving children...


Michael K. Fee to Lead Verrill’s Nationally-Recognized Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Amidst Recent Changes

(August 31, 2020) – Verrill is pleased to announce Michael K. Fee as the new leader of Verrill’s nationally-recognized Health Care & Life Sciences Group. The Group has a long history of representing a...


Verrill Partner Recognized as a Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyer

(August 25, 2020) – Verrill partner Roger A. Clement, Jr. was recognized in the inaugural 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers for excellence in his practice. Lawdragon introduced the first edition...