Verrill Dana, LLP

Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading practice with a comprehensive team of experienced attorneys, well versed in traditional labor law and employment work. Offers particular strength in workers' compensation and union negotiations, as well as wage and hour and discrimination matters. Enjoys a fine reputation for its work in the healthcare sector and also highly regarded for its work with clients in manufacturing, transportation and retail. Fields a renowned team of employment litigators with substantial courtroom experience.Notable expertise in handling employee benefit disputes, including ERISA issues and 401(k) plans.

Strengths A client says: "I have a great impression of the whole team. Their strength is that we can call and get incredibly awesome help when we need it; we know the team members so we can ask for any of them and know we will be in good hands. They are incredibly responsive and capable."

Another says: "The Verrill Dana team is very professional and well versed in the ERISA benefit law space. They handle ad hoc requests very quickly and are very thorough, and they also provide us with advice related to benefit law changes which is very helpful in managing the risk associated with employee benefit plans."

According to a source, "they are professional and knowledgeable. The team knows our business and provides us excellent support year after year. This firm is one of the best, I particularly like the personal care and regard for us and our business."

Work highlights Represented Maine Drilling & Blasting in breach of contact matters including non-solicitation, noncompete and trade secret claims.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Currier regularly litigates for management on a range of labor and employment issues. He also counsels clients on best practice, one of whom says he "provides clear, prompt, practical advice." Another client comments: "Doug Currier knows the Maine legal landscape in employment law matters and is a great sounding board."

Eric Altholz is well versed in a broad spectrum of employee benefit and executive compensation matters. A commentator says: "We have had an extremely good experience with him and are very satisfied with the services he has provided. His primary strengths are his thorough responses to our questions and his accessibility at all times for a quick response to our questions." Another source comments: "He has one of the top practices in New England. He provided some of the largest organizations, huge institutional clients, with experience and value."

Gregg Ginn is a highly respected veteran of the employee benefits and compensation sphere. He maintains an active practice counseling employers on compliance matters relating to pension, healthcare and deferred benefits plans.

Kenneth Ginder is an employee benefits and compensation attorney who is noted for being "extremely knowledgeable about the laws and regulation, quick to respond and proactive." Other sources laud his "extensive, relevant experience in dealing with group defined benefit pension plans," and his ability to "explain things to the right audience in the right way," "clarify responsibilities and different options," and "provide good insight and recommendations to our organization."

Lisa Boehm is an experienced employee benefits and compensation attorney who focuses her practice on 401(k) plans, IRS correction programs and ERISA issues. Sources name her as "a subject matter expert" and report that her work is "always accurate and timely."

Richard Moon handles discrimination defense on behalf of a range of financial, healthcare and retail employers, and traditional labor matters for a variety of multinational manufacturers. He has impressive trial experience across 27 states. A commentator deems him a "no-nonsense lawyer with a great deal of employment law experience and extensive experience with the local legal community's judges, mediators and lawyers."

Robert Brooks has particular expertise in traditional labor matters such as NLRA and union issues. According to a client, "Rob is knowledgeable, supportive and has a great sense of humor, which is helpful when dealing with difficult cases." Another notes: "Robert Brooks stands out. He is a nationally recognized attorney dealing with employment issues at the high corporate board level. When people have issues, the one-on-one manner that he has is great."

Employee benefits and executive compensation group chair Suzanne Meeker is a market leader in ERISA, retirement plan and compensation matters. An interviewee comments: "Suzanne Meeker is proactive in helping us stay up to date with legal changes to ERISA that impact our plans. Suzanne is our go-to person with any benefit plans-related legal questions."

Tawny Alvarez is an up-and-coming partner, and a "great lawyer," according to a peer. She represents clients before courts and administrators in relation to whistle-blower, harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims, among other matters. A client reports that she is "easy to work with, scarily intelligent and a really good listener, learner and consolidator of information" who is "very responsive to our needs and a pleasure to work with."