Douglas P. Currier

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  • Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1985), with honors
  • Middlebury College (B.A., 1982), cum laude

Highlights

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"[Doug is] not only well versed in employment law, but also offers unprecedented guidance on issues ranging from simple questions to very complex and ever-changing state and federal regulations."
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Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
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Selected for inclusion in the 2018 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars©.
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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.

Biography

Douglas P. Currier's practice focuses primarily on labor and employment law and litigation representing management. Having practiced law at Verrill Dana since 1985, Doug has handled a wide variety of complicated and challenging matters for clients large and small on a regional and national basis.

Doug works with clients to develop work place strategies that achieve objectives and to navigate an intelligent path through complex personnel issues while maintaining compliance with State and federal laws, such as the FLSA, the ADA and the NLRA. Doug also helps clients with the formation of best practices and documentation, for example with regard to personnel policies, employment contracts and restrictive covenants, collective bargaining agreements and hiring protocols. Doug is also litigation counsel for businesses facing legal challenges ranging from union campaigns and labor arbitrations to wrongful discharge and employment discrimination claims. Doug prides himself in understanding a client business and culture to partner with the client to achieve the best possible result from both a legal and a business perspective.

A frequent speaker on relevant topics to employers, he has made employer education and initiatives a priority. Mr. Currier has also successfully served as a mediator for employment-related disputes.

At the end of 2014 Doug finished serving six years on the Firm's Executive Board, the last three as its Chair. Doug is also the Chair of the Firm's Labor & Employment Law Group. 

Relevant Experience

  • Extensive experience successfully representing employers before the Maine Human Rights Commission, the EEOC and other state administrative agencies.
  • Presenter at the 25th Anniversary of the Maine Human Rights Commission.
  • Designed and coordinated an extensive mandated self-audit in response to the federal Department of Labor’s wage and hour investigation of one of Maine’s largest employers.
  • Coordinated and implemented mass layoffs and plant closings to ensure compliance with the WARN Act, Maine’s Severance Pay Act and other applicable laws.
  • Represented one of State’s largest agricultural employers in connection with the Department of Labor’s investigation, as well as FLSA class actions.
  • Lead attorney on the management team responsible for the successful negotiation of a concession contract allowing for the sale of business necessary to avoid plant closure.
  • Lead attorney in responding to comprehensive I-9 audit initiated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for large corporation involving proposed fines exceeding $250,000.
  • Successfully represented management in one of the largest, most highly publicized union campaigns in the State of Maine.
  • Represented employers in labor arbitrations on issues ranging from contract interpretation to discharge cases.
  • Represented employers in state and federal court litigation on virtually every aspect of employment law including breach of contract, promissory estoppel, employment discrimination, unpaid wages, FMLA violations and non-competition covenants.
  • Defended employers in connection with OSHA citations, including in the context of workplace fatalities.
  • Extensive experience negotiating and drafting employment and other business contracts including Restrictive Covenant Agreements, Professional Services Agreements, Consulting Agreements and other services agreements.
  • Provided counseling services with respect to human resources, personnel relations, business regulation and legal compliance.
  • Assisted with employment and immigration matters associated with business transactions and acquisitions.
  • Experienced defending property owners, housing projects and other landlords against State and federal (HUD) housing discrimination claims.

When not practicing law, Mr. Currier is often actively pursuing outdoor passions, usually in the mountains or in or on the water. His most recent life adventure: kite-boarding off the coast of Maine or wherever else he can find a lot of wind.

Memberships

Maine State Bar Association: Business Law and Labor Law Section
National Association of College and University Attorneys

Education

  • Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1985), with honors
  • Middlebury College (B.A., 1982), cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 1985

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 1985

Honors

Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under 
    Labor & Employment
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Employment Law - 
    Management, Immigration Law, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - 
    Labor and Employment
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under 
    Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation: Defense and Immigration:
    Business