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

Geoff Why to Moderate "The Future is Now: 5G Wireless Networks"

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...

Publication/Podcast

House Democrats Propose Estate and Gift Tax Law Changes: Important Estate Planning Implications

Please note: this alert was updated on September 30, 2021. What you need to know : On September 13, 2021, the House Ways and Means Committee released its proposed tax plan to fund President...

Publication/Podcast

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 2021 Summer Client Advisory

Click here to view as a PDF. This Client Advisory summarizes developments in the law governing employee benefit plans prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We explain what these developments mean for plan sponsors and...

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

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

Event

Maine State Chamber of Commerce: The Future is Now: 5G Wireless Networks

On October 26, Verrill telecommunications attorney Geoffrey Why will be moderating the virtual event, “The Future is Now: 5G Wireless Networks,” hosted by The Maine State Chamber of Commerce. The Wireless Summit will explore...

News

Jim Cohen Comments on Toxic Local Politics

News

Portland Charter Commission Delves Into Balance Of Power Between Elected Mayor and City Manager

On Thursday, October 14, 2021, The Portland Press Herald reported that Portland’s charter commission has begun discussing the topic of balancing the power between the elected mayor and the city manager. Currently under the...

Blog

Myth Buster: Employers, Vaccine Information, and HIPAA

Event

Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association Annual HR/Labor Forum

Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association will be virtually hosting their Annual HR/ Labor Forum on October 26th from 9:00AM to 11:15AM. Human Resources professionals in the Healthcare field face an ever-evolving labor and employment...

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