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

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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

News

Nearly 80 Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2021, Including a Dozen Named Lawyers of the Year

(August 24, 2020) – Nearly 80 Verrill attorneys were recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers® 2021 , including 12 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year,” a distinguished recognition for only a single lawyer...

Blog

Flu Season is Coming, but Can I Require My Employees to Vaccinate?

Blog

What Employers Need to Know About The Families First Coronavirus Response Act - An Animation

Navigating the ins and outs of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) can be difficult for employers. This animation seeks to illustrate some of the most important takeaways. Transcript: Hi, I'm Tawny, a...

Blog

This Week's Show: Personal Branding and Staying Relevant During COVID-19

On Saturday, October 3, Tawny interviewed Nancy Marshall, Founder and CEO of The PR Maven, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Nancy and Tawny discuss personal branding and staying relevant...

Blog

Getting Ready for Election Day: Employee Voting

Blog

This Week's Show: 75+ Team Building Activities for Remote Teams

On Saturday, September 26, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Christopher Littlefield, TedX Speaker and Founder of Beyond Thank You , for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David...

Blog

This Week's Show: Why Diversity and Inclusion Programs Fail

On Saturday, September 19, Tawny interviewed Asker Saeed, Principal of Saeed Consulting LLC, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Asker and Tawny discuss why diversity and inclusion programs fail...

Blog

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...

Blog

This Week's Show: Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

On Saturday, October 17, Tawny interviewed Benjamin Ford, Partner in Verrill's Employment & Labor Group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Ben and Tawny discuss combating race and sex stereotyping...

Publication/Podcast

2020 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

On Thursday, January 30, members from Verrill's Employment & Labor group, as well as some from the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation group, conducted a full-day seminar full of employment law related topics that...