Biography

Roger, a former Senior Partner, serves as the firm's Special Counsel on ethics matters. Roger has been with Verrill since 1958. His active practice focused on general litigation, public utilities, and legal ethics. He served as an Assistant Attorney General of the state of Maine from 1951 to 1958.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Boston University School of Law  (LL.B.)

Public Service

  • Director, Development Committee, Cleaves Law Library; President (1999-2000)
  • Member, Board of Visitors of the University of Maine School of Law
  • Fellow, Maine Justice Foundation
  • Fellow, Maine State Bar Association
  • Fellow, American Bar Association
  • Former Secretary-Treasurer, Gignoux Inn of Court
  • Former Member, Maine Justice Action Group
  • Former Director and Treasurer, Maine Bar Foundation
  • Former President, Maine Equal Justice Project
  • Former Chair, Judicial Ethics Committee of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • Member, Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Portland Senior Lawyers Association
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Boston University Law School Alumni Association

Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient, Howard H. Dana Jr. Award (2004)
  • Muskie Access to Justice Award, The Muskie Fund for Legal Service (2008)

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Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 1952
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1956
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1974

Firm Highlights

Blog

Verrill Attorney Gordon Smith Comments on Lawsuit Claiming Ownership of Maine Coastal Property

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...

Blog

Prop 65: Will the “Short-Form” be Short Lived?

Enacted as part of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, Proposition 65 (“Prop 65”) requires businesses with ten or more employees that sell products in the state of California to...

Matter

Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

Event

Global Virtual Legal Project Management Summit

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...

News

Verrill Welcomes Jeffrey A. Smagula, Experienced Health Care and Life Sciences Attorney, Former Health Plan Compliance Executive

(May 12, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to welcome Jeffrey A. Smagula to the firm’s Boston office as Counsel in its nationally recognized Health Care & Life Sciences Group. Jeff Smagula brings to Verrill...

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

News

Verrill Partner to Lead Firm’s Energy, Telecommunications, and Natural Resources Group

(May 14, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to announce that Jim Cohen has been appointed chair of the firm’s Energy, Telecommunications, and Natural Resources Group. Cohen, a former Mayor of Portland, is a long-time...

Publication/Podcast

Portland Maine Business Podcast with Tawny Alvarez

On this week's Portland Maine Business Podcast , a podcast with Shelby Turcotte of Shelby Trained, he interviews employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez who shares stories that contributed to shaping her as a...

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