Biography

Roger advises business enterprises and tax-exempt organizations involved in joint ventures, restructurings, bankruptcies, sale transactions, and litigation.

He has extensive experience in representing secured creditors, debtors, trustees, creditors' committees, and landlords in Chapter 11 cases. He has also represented enterprises in the life sciences, technology, venture capital, health care, transportation (rail and road), timber, manufacturing, retail, banking, and insurance industries. Roger is an effective counselor to healthy organizations and fiduciaries (such as trustees and directors) by drawing on his experience in distress situations.

Roger is a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, and is a frequent speaker on commercial law.

Services/Industries

Education

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

Public Service

  • Volunteer High School Instructor, Credit Abuse Resistance Program (2015-present)
  • Chair, University of Maine School of Law Board of Visitors (2014-present)
  • Board Member, Maine Bar Foundation (2012-present)
  • Chair, District of Maine Bankruptcy Rules Committee (2012-present)
  • Board Member, University of Maine School of Law Board of Visitors (2012-present)
  • Campaign Cabinet Member, Campaign for Justice (2011-present)
  • Coach, Youth Basketball, Soccer, and Running, Falmouth, Maine
  • Chair, Stewardship Ministry of Foreside Community Church, Falmouth, Maine (2008-2010)
  • Board Member, Portland String Quartet (2000-2002)
  • Trustee, Northern Cumberland Memorial Hospital (1996-1999)
  • Trustee, Naples Public Library (1995-1998)
  • Chair, Naples Planning Board (1987-1988)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow, Maine State Bar Association
  • Maine Justice Foundation
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy

Honors

  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • 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
  • 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

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

Court and Other Admissions

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

Firm Highlights

Event

Understanding Your Fiduciary Responsibilities Under ERISA

Employers have long understood the importance of fiduciary compliance with respect to 401(k) plans and other retirement plans subject to ERISA, and most have sound processes and governance structures in place to ensure the...

News

Lawsuit Over Maine Beach Access

News Center Maine ran a news story, "Group files lawsuit over Maine public beach access," discussing that a group is suing property owners for beach access. The story explains that "Maine's tidal coastline is...

Blog

Understanding Your Fiduciary Responsibilities Under ERISA: A Webinar

Employers have long understood the importance of fiduciary compliance with respect to 401(k) plans and other retirement plans subject to ERISA, and most have sound processes and governance structures in place to ensure the...

Matter

Patent Litigation: Semiconductors

Represented semiconductor manufacturer in patent case against competitor in litigation in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, in which both sides asserted patents relating to power management and A-D converters; conducted Markman...

Event

Global Virtual Legal Project Management Summit

News

Beachfront Home Owners' Property Lines Present Challenges for Businesses

On April 22, Portland Press Herald published an article, "Lawsuit could settle debate over who owns Maine beaches between low- and high-tide lines," explaining that Maine's top court decided beachfront home owners own the...

Blog

Pension Plan Mortality Table Litigation – What’s Next?

The first major settlement of a lawsuit challenging the mortality assumptions used to calculate pension plan benefits was announced earlier this year. According to court filings in Cruz v. Raytheon Company , the settlement...

Matter

Patent Litigation: Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Represented small biotech company and two academic researchers against large pharmaceutical company in dispute over inventorship of several patents relating to mesenchymal stem cells and their uses, as well as defending against numerous state...

Publication/Podcast

Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct

Scott Connolly, partner in Verrill’s Employment & Labor Group, has authored the chapter “Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct” in MCLE’s book, Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts (4th Edition 2021). The...

Publication/Podcast

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Clarifies the Contours of the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine in Internal Investigations

In Attorney General v. Facebook, Inc. , No. SJC-12496 (March 24, 2021), [i] the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court clarified the scope of protection afforded by the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine to...

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