Roger advises businesses and lending institutions in restructurings, creditors’ rights, bankruptcies, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial litigation.

He has extensive experience in representing secured creditors, debtors, trustees, creditors' committees, and other stakeholders in Chapter 11 cases. He has guided a number of companies through Chapter 11 reorganizations and has represented lenders in asserting rights in bankruptcy cases. He has represented businesses in the life sciences, technology, venture capital, health care, railroad, timber, manufacturing, retail, banking, insurance, and petroleum industries. He has successfully defended many businesses against preference and fraudulent transfer claims brought by bankruptcy trustees. While Roger has vast experience dealing with distressed situations, he also enjoys counselling businesses in matters not involving financial distress, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions.

Roger is a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and has spoken often on commercial law topics.



  • University of Maine School of Law  (J.D.)
    • Notes Editor, Maine Law Review
  • Bowdoin College  (A.B.)

Public Service

  • White Pine Community Church, active member (2010-present)
  • Falmouth High School Ski Boosters, board member (2018-Present)
  • Falmouth Youth Sports Coach (basketball, soccer, and running) (2010-2019)
  • Credit Abuse Resistance Program, instructor to high school students, (2015-present)
  • University of Maine School of Law Board of Visitors, member and chair (2014-2019)
  • Maine Bar Foundation, board member (2012-2017)
  • U.S. Dist. Court for D. of Me, Bankruptcy Rules Committee, member and chair for part (2012-2018)
  • Campaign for Justice, cabinet member (2011-2017)
  • Portland String Quartet, board member (2000-2002)
  • Northern Cumberland Memorial Hospital, trustee (1996-1999)
  • Naples Public Library, trustee (1995-1998)
  • Naples Planning Board, chair (1987-1988)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine


  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow, Maine State Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute


  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Listed in Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers in 2022
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2015, 2018, and 2021 Litigation - Bankruptcy "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2012 Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy in Portland, Maine
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, Bankruptcy: Business
  • Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for pro bono efforts (2014 & 2019)
  • Recipient of the Pro Bono Publico Award by Maine Bar Foundation and Volunteer Lawyers Project for most hours on completed pro bono cases by an attorney in 2009

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Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

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