When Byron D. Verrill was admitted to the Maine Bar in 1862, he could not have envisioned the changes that would take place over the next 153 years. Verrill Dana, the law firm bearing his name, is one of New England’s oldest, with six offices and 140 attorneys covering more than 45 areas of industry and legal practice. Throughout its growth, Verrill Dana has used foresight, responsiveness to client needs, and a commitment to its founding principles to ensure longevity.
Verrill Dana has created a collaborative and collegial workplace where the best and brightest want to practice-one of the reasons they’ve drawn laterals from the best known firms in the country- and have been able to attract and retain an impressive number of female attorneys. In 2015, Verrill Dana ranked 11th in the nation for its percentage of female attorneys, who have a greater likelihood of reaching partnership than women in many other firms. “Nearly 35% of our partners are women,” said Managing Partner, K.C. Jones. “That is one of the highest percentages of any law firm.”
Verrill Dana’s attorneys work together to ensure the right attorney or team is handling each matter, whether advising an individual or managing the many moving parts of a complex project, transaction or litigation. The firm was recently recognized by M&A Advisor with an International Deal of the Year Award for an acquisition involving locations in eight states and three Canadian provinces, under an extreme timeline. The firm is proud to serve as counsel and project manager for large-scale infrastructure projects, like the Penobscot River Restoration Project, one of the largest and most creative river restoration projects in our nation’s history. Each client is matched with the exact right legal team to understand their goals achieve the most desirable outcome.
In Maine and across New England, Verrill Dana remains committed to its communities through charitable commitments and local engagement. Verrill Dana attorneys and staff volunteer thousands of hours to the pro bono representation of individuals who could not otherwise afford legal representation. In 2014, Verrill Dana attorneys donated the most “Lawyer of the Day” hours of any Maine law firm and was recognized as the “Pro Bono Firm of the Year” by the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP). Most of the firm’s attorneys serve as trustees, board members and volunteers for more than 135 different nonprofits throughout New England. The firm also serves as the proud sponsor for many events that support local charitable organizations, giving approximately $100,000 in event sponsorships annually. “Our lawyers are very active in the community,” Jones says. “It’s all related to our commitment to building lasting relationships and providing superior service to our clients.”
Verrill Dana’s client service and sound legal counsel is the reason clients continue to seek out Verrill Dana, from startups preparing for growth to Maine’s best known and most respected companies. It’s also the reason Verrill Dana has been included in BTI Consulting Group’s 2015 Client Service A-Team list, the definitive ranking of client service excellence for the corporate law firm market as measured by extensive, independent and unbiased interviews with corporate counsel.
“Knowledgeable, experienced professionals. [They] take the time to understand our problem and show an interest in us, rather than a detached “legal view” of the matter.” –response from a client survey