Experience

Attorney/Judicial Misconduct: Investigation and Removal of Clerk Magistrate

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court appointed us to investigate and, if appropriate, prosecute a Clerk-Magistrate for wrongdoing. After a six-day trial and appeal to the state supreme court, the court, for the first time in fifteen years, ordered the removal of a Clerk Magistrate from office. In re Powers, 465 Mass. 63 (2013).

Elections and Constitutional Law: Certification of Initiative Petition to Ban Casino Gambling

Verrill successfully represented ten Massachusetts citizens who challenged the Attorney General’s refusal to certify an initiative petition under the state constitution that would have banned casino gambling in Massachusetts. In a unanimous opinion, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court vacated the Attorney General’s decision and directed that the petition be placed on the ballot before voters. Abdow v. Attorney General, 468 Mass. 478 (2014).

Professional Regulation and Constitutional Law: First Amendment Challenge to State Law

We represented the Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy in defending against a First Amendment challenge to a state law that barred accountants who were not certified public accountants from describing themselves as “accountants,” with any modifier such as “expert” or “qualified,” or as “public accountants.” The Supreme Judicial Court upheld the constitutionality of the law in favor of our client. Volin v. Bd. Of Public Accountancy, 422 Mass. 75 (1996).

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Elections and Constitutional Law: Certification of Initiative Petition to Ban Casino Gambling

Verrill successfully represented ten Massachusetts citizens who challenged the Attorney General’s refusal to certify an initiative petition under the state constitution that would have banned casino gambling in Massachusetts. In a unanimous opinion, the...

News

35 Verrill Attorneys Named 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

(November 9, 2020) – The 2020 edition of New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars© has recognized a total of 35 Verrill attorneys for excellence in their individual areas of practice. Only the top...

Publication/Podcast

Make Your Own Law with Tom Bean

On March 2, attorney Tom Bean appeared on a Pod617 - The Boston Podcast Network episode, "Make Your Own Law with Tom Bean." He discusses what it takes to get a proposed law on...

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Attorney/Judicial Misconduct: Investigation and Removal of Clerk Magistrate

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court appointed us to investigate and, if appropriate, prosecute a Clerk-Magistrate for wrongdoing. After a six-day trial and appeal to the state supreme court, the court, for the first time...

News

Fighting for the Future of In-house Attorney-Client Privilege

To be able to conduct or oversee effective internal investigations, in-house counsel must be able to assure witnesses that their communications with investigators, documents evidencing those communications, and documents the investigators create, will be...

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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Professional Regulation and Constitutional Law: First Amendment Challenge to State Law

We represented the Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy in defending against a First Amendment challenge to a state law that barred accountants who were not certified public accountants from describing themselves as “accountants,” with...

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