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, including 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, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and courts on issues involving sex discrimination, race, disability, and age-related cases
  • Successfully represented employers before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on issues related to unfair labor practices, collective bargaining, 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
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Litigation - Labor and Employment "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, and Employment Law - Management in Portland, Maine
  • 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

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

This Week's Show: Become - The 5 Commitments of Purposeful Leadership

On Saturday, June 20, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Mark Hannum, Chief Research Officer of Linkage, Inc. and Author of Become: The 5 Commitments of Purposeful Leadership , for this segment...

Blog

OSHA Publishes Return-to-Work Guidance; Reminder to be Mindful of Employee Medical Record Retention

OSHA has published Guidance on Returning to Work to assist employers in understanding their obligations under OSHA as they continue the process of re-opening and returning employees to work. Employers should review this document...

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...

Blog

This Week's Show: Mass Biotech Boom

On Saturday, June 6, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Kevin O'Brien, CFP, Founder and President of Peak Financial Services and Author of Massachusetts Biotech Boom, for this segment of HR Power...

Blog

Support for the Black Lives Matter Movement: Implicit Bias Training (Part 4 of 12)

This is the fourth post in a 12-part series on how companies can show support for the black lives matter (BLM) movement by changing company policies and practices. This post focuses on implicit bias...

Publication/Podcast

Webinar Materials: COVID-19 and Maine Construction Contractors: A Roundtable Video Conference on Legal, Financial, and Tax Developments

On April 8, attorneys from Verrill's Construction Law and Employment & Labor Groups teamed up with accounting professionals from Albin Randall & Bennett and the Associated General Contractors of Maine to offer insights into...

News

Tech traps for companies: What employers need to know

New technologies continue to invade the workplace, from biometrics to artificial intelligence. With the benefits come legal concerns for employers. In the latest issue of Mainebiz , employment and labor attorneys Tawny Alvarez and...

Blog

This Week's Show: Trusting Technology

On Saturday, May 23, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Graham Binks, Author of Trusting Technology, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Graham discuss his book...

News

38 Verrill Attorneys, Across Four Offices, Recognized in 2020 Chambers & Partners Guide

(April 27, 2020) – Verrill has been rated as a Leading Firm in a total of ten categories and subcategories as evaluated by London-based Chambers & Partners , one of the world's most respected...