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


FDA Issues Guidance on IRB Review of Non-Emergency Individual Patient Expanded Access Requests for Investigational Drugs and Biological Products to Treat COVID-19

Prompted by a substantial increase in requests for individual patient access to investigational drugs and biologics to treat COVID-19, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued guidance on June 2, 2020 that outlines...


Financial Institutions . . . In the News

Town & Country Federal Credit Union to host virtual money conference ( Mainebiz 6.23.2020) Connected Credit Union and Winslow Community Federal Credit Union ’s merger is effective June 27 and will be known as...


Community Service

Portland Regional Chamber, Chair (2012-14) Trustee (2008-16; 2019- present) Portland Community Chamber of Commerce, President (2019- ) Trustee (2016-present) Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Trustee (2009 - present) Project Green Schools, Advisory Trustee (2017-present...


Verrill Welcomes Esteemed Corporate and Securities Attorney Edward Rosenthal

(June 10, 2020) – Verrill is pleased to welcome corporate and securities attorney Edward Rosenthal to the firm as a member of the Business Law Group. Rosenthal brings with him more than 40 years...


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...


Paycheck Protection Program Focuses on Short-Term and Misses Long-Term Damages

On June 8, the Portland Press Herald published an article, "Revamped emergency loan program remains a short-term fix," discussing the Paycheck Protection Program's (PPP) extended deadlines and loosened restrictions, but lack of solutions to...


IRS Issues New Guidance on CARES Act Retirement Plan Distributions and Loans

The IRS recently issued Notice 2020-50 , which expands relief provided for retirement plan distributions and loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Distributions Under the CARES Act, a...


Political Service

Mayor, City of Portland (2005-2006) Portland City Council (2002-2008) Portland City Council Transportation Committee, Chair (2002-2005) Jetport Master Planning Committee, Chair (2005-2007) Greater Portland Transit District, Trustee (2002-2005) Narrow Gauge Rail Alignment Committee, Chair...


PPP: How is Maine Faring?

Originally enacted on March 27, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offers loan support and (potentially) loan forgiveness to qualifying small businesses – generally defined as those with not more than 500 employees. According to...


IRS Allows Tax-Advantaged Leave Donation to COVID-19 Relief Organizations

Under new guidance, the IRS will give favorable tax treatment to employees who donate leave to COVID-19 relief organizations. In IRS Notice 2020-46 , the agency announced that employees who donate paid leave for...