Biography

Will enjoys a good challenge. Whether it involves taking up Telemark skiing as a 40-something or pressing a novel legal theory, his approach is simple: a can-do attitude, creative thinking, good old-fashioned hard work, and, most importantly, keep it fun. (Yes, even Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement can be fun.)

Although most people's eyes glaze over at the mere mention of Medicare and Medicaid regulations, Will has a strange infatuation with ensuring that his health care industry clients are correctly reimbursed for the important services they provide. He enjoys appearing before the Medicare Provider Reimbursement Review Board (as well as state Medicaid agency hearing officers) and relishes the opportunity to poke holes in governmental overpayment determinations. He speaks fluent Medicare and Medicaid, including the unique dialects of DSH, TEFRA, CAH, GME, SCH, MDH, Bad Debts, and TPL. Will's approach has helped his clients obtain well over $100 million of additional Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement (and has saved his clients tens of millions more defending against overpayment claims).

A frustrated author at heart, Will believes that a compelling story lies beneath even the most complex litigation, and success often depends upon teasing out a simple message and sharing it through well-prepared witnesses, strong supporting data, and crisp writing.

Outside the office, Will enjoys creating a dynamic and supportive community by volunteering time with nonprofit agencies, boards, and committees. In 2012, Will helped to create the WinterKids' Downhill 24, a 24-hour team alpine ski race that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to help children lead healthy lives.

Will is passionate about his family, travel, food, and winter. A die-hard "Sugarloafer" (ask him), Will has not yet given up on his dream of appearing in a Warren Miller ski movie.

Services/Industries

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law  (J.D., magna cum laude)
  • University of Oklahoma  (B.A.)

Public Service

  • Board of Directors, WinterKids (June 2011-present)
  • Advisory Council, The Center for Grieving Children (2011-present)
  • Board of Directors, The Center for Grieving Children (2003-2009)
  • Adjunct Professor, Health Care Law, University of Maine School of Law (2006-2008)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • Maine State Bar Association, Co-chair, Health Law Section (2001-2003)
  • American Health Lawyers' Association
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Maine Hospital Association and Maine Medical Association Confidentiality Law Work Group (1998-1999)
  • Maine Hospital Association HIPAA Work Group (2001)

Honors

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Health Care Law since 2006, and Litigation - Health Care since 2018

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Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Firm Highlights

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...

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

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

Event

Global Virtual Legal Project Management Summit

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Blog

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

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