Biography

Richard’s clients seek his trusted advice on health care reform, class action wage and hour claims, employee benefits, discrimination claims and union-related issues. He has more than 40 years of experience in labor and employment law.

Richard's practice involves extensive representation and defense of discrimination claims against financial and service sector companies, as well as health care and national retail chains. He has also represented multi-national manufacturing operations in the aerospace, rubber, paper and textile industries on traditional labor matters. He has counseled a wide variety of employers from grocery chains to health care facilities, on union avoidance issues. In 2006, he successfully persuaded the NLRB to clarify rules regarding decertification during existing contracts. On behalf of companies, he has also conducted litigation before the NLRB on critical union access and card check issues. He has appeared in the courts or state agencies in 27 states representing corporate defendants.

Since 1991, Richard has also been recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on representing companies in compliance audits for H-1B non-immigrant aliens conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor and he negotiated the first consent decree with the Department. He has represented corporations in a variety of industries including several international computer consulting and software design companies in more than 30 audits in 17 states. His counsel and guidance in defense of companies in audits has saved clients tens of millions of dollars in potential fines and assessments. Richard has also been involved in the design of L-1 transfer programs and the payment systems related to L-1's and H-1's for both short-term and long-term inter-company transfers.

Richard’s accomplishments have been recognized both nationally and internationally. He has been selected as one of the country’s 40 best lawyers advising on and litigating civil rights cases on behalf of management in a nationwide survey conducted by The National Law Journal. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for labor and employment law for more than 30 years and for the past eight years has been ranked as one of the top labor and employment lawyers in Maine by Chambers & Partners. Richard has written more than 150 articles concerning all aspects of labor and employment law and has lectured throughout the United States. He has taught litigation and trial tactics to more than 5,300 attorneys.

Richard has long had a passion for equestrian sports. Presently, he and his wife compete throughout the Eastern United States in combined training events, involving competition in dressage, stadium jumping and cross country jumping.

Services / Industries

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School  (J.D.)
  • Dartmouth College  (A.B.)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • New York
  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • Fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • ABA, Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • ABA, Section of Litigation
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Fellow, Maine Justice Foundation

Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Labor & Employment
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment & Labor and Immigration: Business

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
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

Government Contractors & Employers of 100+ Employees Must File New EEOC Report by September 30, 2019

EEO-1 Component 2 Report Due by September 30, 2019 All employers that are required to submit an EEO-1 federal report -- employers of 100 or more or federal government contractors and first-tier subcontractors with...

Blog

EEOC Announces EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data Collection WON'T Be Renewed

Yesterday, September 11, 2019, the EEOC announced that it will not seek to renew collection of EEO-1 Component 2 Data for 2019, 2020, and 2021.  This does not impact employer’s current EEO-1 obligations to...

Blog

Our Most Recent Episodes in our HR Law 101 Podcast Miniseries: Understanding the HR Basics

Whether you’re the founder of a startup, new to HR, or are looking for a refresher on some of the basics, this podcast miniseries will provide you with the building blocks necessary to successfully...

Blog

Compromise Reached in Maine Workers’ Compensation Reform

Governor Mills has signed into law amendments to the existing Workers’ Compensation Act that are the product of a bipartisan effort to avoid a series of proposed legislation that would have had the very...

Publication/Podcast

2019 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

On Thursday, January 31, members from Verrill Dana's Labor and Employment group, as well as some from the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation group, conducted a full-day seminar full of employment law related topics...

News

61 Verrill Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers, 12 as Lawyers of the Year

(September 3, 2019) – More than 60 Verrill attorneys were once again recognized as “Best Lawyers” by Best Lawyers® 2020 . In addition, 12 attorneys from the firm were named “Lawyer of the Year,&rdquo...

Publication/Podcast

Maine’s New Paid Leave Law: Employer Confusion

On May 28, 2019, Governor Mills signed into law the nation’s first ever paid leave law requiring leave for any reason.  The statute itself is uniquely brief, giving the impression that it is straightforward...

Blog

Summer Break - Massachusetts Employers Get Extension on Paid Family and Medical Leave Implementation

Those closely following the timeline for  implementation of  Massachusetts’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave, are aware that on July 1, 2019, employers were  required to begin to make payroll deductions for the paid leave. ...

Blog

Maine’s New Paid Leave Law: Employer Confusion

On May 28, 2019, Governor Mills signed into law the nation’s first ever paid leave law requiring leave for any reason.  The statute itself is uniquely brief, giving the impression that it is straightforward...

Blog

The Sharpie and Employment Litigation Documentation