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 multinational 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; 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 have 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-1s and H-1s 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, American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Section of Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association
  • Section of Litigation, American Bar Association
  • 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© for 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

Blog

Limiting Harassment Claims When Returning to IRL Engagement

It is April 2022 and after 2 years of pandemic-related in-person meeting restrictions (also known as meeting In Real Life (IRL)), we are seeing increases in employers permitting work-related travel. That, coupled with requirements...

Blog

HR 2116 and What You Need to Know About Hairstyle Discrimination

On March 18, the United States House of Representatives passed HR 2116 by a vote of 235-to-189. The Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act (a/k/a CROWN Act) , would restrict...

Blog

2021 LexisNexis “Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis”

I just read a wonderful resource for anyone who has dealings with any aspect of workers’ compensation law. “Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis”, the 2021 LexisNexis volume co-authored by Thomas A. Robinson and National...

Blog

News of Supreme Court Leak is a Good Reminder to Revisit Confidentiality Policies

If you have been on social media today (or yesterday) or picked up a newspaper or listened to the radio or watched television—really if you have consumed news in any format, you likely are...

Blog

“Mug-shots”: Are Employees’ risky beverage containers a cause for concern?

Prior to (and more so during) the pandemic, many individuals who found themselves working from home were limited in ways to express their uniqueness, their personalities, the things that made them, well, them. It...

Blog

Supreme Leak: Religion at Work

Over the last year, our society has navigated COVID-19 and rules concerning vaccination and masking. As a society and on this blog, we have discussed regularly the role religious freedoms play in the work...

Blog

Supreme Leak: NLRA Rights

For blog followers, you likely saw last week’s post reminding you to revisit your confidentiality policies in the wake of the leaking of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health...

Publication/Podcast

Labor & Employment Annual Update: Tips and Trends for 2021 and 2022

Blog

More Madness: Catch Up With NCAA Happenings

While there’s no denying March Madness brings the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) considerable attention, the Association has been the subject of significant press over the last year for several hot-button employment-related issues. First...

News

32 Verrill Attorneys Named 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

(November 22, 2021) – The 2021 edition of New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars© has recognized a total of 32 Verrill attorneys for excellence in their individual areas of practice. Only the top...

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