Biography

Rob provides advice and representation to management on all aspects of the employment relationship. He works with clients engaged in construction, health care, manufacturing, transportation, utilities and other industries throughout the country. Rob has successfully handled matters related to union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, unfair labor practice charges, strikes and arbitration.

Rob routinely handles claims for wrongful discharge, discrimination, unpaid wages, breach of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and other disputes before judges, juries and administrative agencies, and has successfully represented clients at all levels of the state and federal court systems. Rob also regularly provides advice and assistance to clients on proper termination procedures, Family Medical Leave Act issues, labor relations, disability issues, stock option and employee benefit disputes, and other matters.

Rob has a particular focus on negotiating Project Labor Agreements for large-scale construction projects. Rob has also advised public and private entities concerning the lawful use of project labor agreements in the context of a state’s competitive bidding laws.

Relevant Experience

  • Provided management counseling and litigation representation to employers throughout the country.
  • Drafted and negotiated project labor agreements for construction projects throughout the country. Sample projects include pipelines, bridges, tunnels, highways, manufacturing facilities, marine terminals, water treatment facilities, nuclear waste treatment facilities, and environmental remediation sites.
  • Successfully represented employers before state administrative boards, EEOC and courts on issues involving sex discrimination, race, disability and age-related cases.
  • Successfully represented employers before the National Labor Relations Board on issues related to unfair labor practices, collective bargaining issues and organizing campaigns.
  • Frequent lecturer on issues of labor and employment law.

Services / Industries

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law  (J.D.)
  • Harvard University  (A.B.)

Public Service

  • Chair, Harvard College Schools and Scholarships Committee for Southern Maine (1996-present)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut

Memberships

  • Maine State Bar Association

Honors

  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Labor & Employment
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2017 Portland, Maine Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, and Employment Law - Management
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation: Defense and Workers' Compensation

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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. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Firm Highlights

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...

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...

Blog

EEOC Announces EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data Collection Will NOT 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

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. ...

Publication/Podcast

What Employers Need to Know about the New Noncompetition Law in Maine

On June 28, 2019, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed a bill into law that significantly limits an employer's use of noncompetition agreements; i.e., an agreement that prohibits an employee from working in the same...

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...

Blog

The Sharpie and Employment Litigation Documentation

Blog

What Maine Employers Need To Know About Changes In Personnel Practices Following This Legislative Session

On June 26, 8:00-9:30 AM, we are hosting 'What Maine Employers Need To Know About Changes In Personnel Practices Following This Legislative Session' in our Portland office. During this in-person seminar, Verrill Dana and...

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...