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 Corporate/M&A: Bankruptcy
  • 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 and 2018 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

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Court and Other Admissions

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

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

Massachusetts Legislation, Regulations, and Programs Regarding COVID-19 Emergency

On March 24 th , the Governor filed legislation to make temporary changes to Massachusetts’ laws and regulations covering a wide range of public and private enterprises to remain in effect during the Covid-19...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

Matter

Management Inefficiency

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...

News

Verrill Signs Pledge in Support of Advancing Diversity & Inclusion in Connecticut Legal Community

(March 10, 2020) – Verrill has officially joined the Connecticut Bar Association in its ongoing commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the region’s legal community by signing “The Connecticut Legal Community’s Diversity &...

News

Enforcement Issues with SJC Ruling for the Rockweed Industry

Environmental attorney Gordon Smith was quoted in the Machias Valley News Observer article, "One year after SJC ruling, enforcement issues plague rockweed industry," discussing the Ross v. Acadian Seaplant's decision in Maine. Questions about...

Event

Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting: Flexible Work Options

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez will be presenting at the Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting. This month's chapter meeting will focus on flexible work options. Tawny will discuss how policy impacts...

Blog

COVID-19: Federal Bank Regulators Scramble to Issue Waivers and Guidance

As state, federal, and local governments impose ever-greater limitations on business activities and mobility in order to lessen the spread of the coronavirus, the strain on the US economy has grown exponentially. Over the...

Publication/Podcast

Congress Passes the Paycheck Protection Program

On March 27, the United States Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES” Act). The Act contains many provisions affecting broad swaths of the U.S. economy. The purpose of...

Blog

Paying Health Insurance Premiums for Furloughed or Laid Off Employees

Employers of all sizes in nearly every industry have had to lay off or furlough employees in an attempt to deal with the massive business disruptions caused by the spread of COVID-19. Facing this...

Matter

Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...