Verrill Dana, LLP

Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Experienced group of knowledgeable litigators who have deep expertise in medical malpractice and insurance coverage cases. Also singled out for their strength in complex business, IP, contract, product liability and construction-related disputes. Routinely called upon by healthcare systems to advise on alternative dispute resolution and litigation reduction techniques.

Strengths One client says the team is "well rounded, very knowledgeable and works well together."

Work highlights Represented Varney Insurance Agency against claims for breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation following a fire that destroyed a pellet mill.

Notable practitioners

Robert Ruesch
regularly handles construction litigation, including contract disputes and claims management. Clients describe him as "thorough, detailed and very accessible," with one interviewee commending his "good practical judgment."

Karen Frink Wolf
is "an excellent trial lawyer" who is "very effective in the courtroom," say sources. She serves as chair of the professional liability group at Verrill Dana and is particularly focused on medical malpractice defense. Her clients include charitable foundations, healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies.

Martha Gaythwaite
chairs the firm's litigation and trial group and is noted for her handling of complex commercial litigation. Her areas of strength include professional liability claims, contract disputes, and theft of intellectual property cases, as well as personal injury suits. Sources describe her as "fearless, very good in the courtroom" and "a gifted trial lawyer."