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

Blog

COVID-19 Alert: State of Maine and City of Portland Issue Orders to Close Non-essential Businesses

On Tuesday March 24, 2020, both the City of Portland and the State of Maine issued comprehensive new limitations on business establishments in order to further limit the spread of the coronavirus. Both actions...

Blog

BREAKING: Massachusetts and Connecticut Order Closure of Non-Essential Businesses

Massachusetts has joined an increasing number of states ordering the closure of non-essential businesses in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. On March 23, 2020, Governor Charles Baker signed COVID-19 Order No. 13...

Blog

To Test or Not to Test: Employer Considerations Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Blog

Employer Obligations under the Revised Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) in response to COVID-19. Among other provisions, the Act gives a broad group of employees the right...

Blog

Hiring During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What You Can Do

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, business—and hiring—must go on. As the EEOC continues to update its guidance regarding employment practices during the pandemic, here are common questions regarding how to implement legally-sound hiring practices...

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

COVID-19: Updated FAQs

Employers across the country are struggling with how to support their employees and their customers, and also to keep their business afloat, as the cry for social isolation to curb the spread of the...

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

Should Employers Recognize COVID-19 As A Work-Related Injury?

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...