Your culture defines your business and Tawny prides herself on assisting clients comply with the law, while simultaneously creating an amazing place to work.
Tawny centers her practice on the understanding that the employment landscape is ever-changing and that many organizations do not have the time or resources to keep abreast of all of these changes—from medical (and recreational) marijuana’s effect on drug testing, to the effect of social networking in the workplace and mobile devices’ effect on wage and hour issues. In this evolving landscape, Tawny recognizes that for companies to remain profitable and successful they must be proactive, not merely reactive, to these employment issues.
As many of these issues are swiftly evolving, Tawny prides herself on keeping current on their development and crafting cost-effective solutions for adapting. She sensibly recognizes that one size representation does not fit all and focuses her practice on providing creative, cost-effective, and individualized labor and employment counseling and representation to clients while maintaining the culture that they have worked so hard to construct. She has represented diverse clients in a broad range of industries from small family-owned businesses and non-profits to Fortune 100 companies across the country. In each situation, she recognizes that each company’s culture and employment needs are distinct and crafts her practice to providing solutions that take these individualized needs and cultures into account.
Tawny frequently advises clients and defends them in court and before administrative bodies throughout the Northeast with issues including:
- Wage and hour;
- Harassment/Discrimination/Retaliation (FMLA, ADA, FCA, FLSA, OSHA, USERRA, GINA, and ADEA);
- Unemployment compensation;
- Employment agreements (including breach of separation agreements and restrictive covenant agreements, such as non-competes and non-solicitation);
- Drug testing;
- Supervisor liability; and
- Social media and technology in the workplace
Her experience working with judges across the country at the trial and appellate levels provides her with a unique level of insight as to the ins-and-outs of state and federal litigation. Outside the adversarial setting she counsels clients on best practices to minimize potential litigation with current and former employees including preparation of separation agreements and drafting and revising policy handbooks.
Tawny serves as editor of Verrill's Labor & Employment Blog, Taking Care of HR Business, and regularly presents to employers, human resources professionals, and peers on trending issues, best practices, and industry-specific concerns. Tawny created the HR Law 101 Series to provide individuals that are new to Human Resources with guidance on best practices regarding issues that frequently develop.
Tawny also co-chairs the Firm’s Food & Beverage practice group. Using the same mindset—that one size does not fit all—she enjoys helping small and large companies in the food and beverage community stay in compliance with state and federal regulations, while simultaneously maintaining a culture that works for the organization. She represents retail and manufacturers producing wine, beer, ice cream, and other yummy specialties, as well as restaurants and bars throughout the Northeast.
Outside the office, Tawny enjoys: reading fiction; exploring art museums and the Maine coast; experiencing Portland’s myriad drinking, dining, and cultural options; travelling; and spending time playing with her daughter.
Services / Industries
- Pace University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)
- Thomas College (B.S., summa cum laude)
- Board of Directors, Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)
- Portland Museum of Art Contemporaries Steering Committee
- United Way Greater Portland Brick and Beam Society - Membership & Programming Committee
- New Hampshire
- Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Labor & Employment
- Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for Pro Bono efforts (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
- Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Employment & Labor
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- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of Iowa, Hon. Thad J. Collins
- Iowa Judicial Branch, District Court
Court and Other Admissions
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - District of New Hampshire
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit