Gregory S. Fryer

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  • Cornell Law School (J.D.), Cornell Law Review
  • Dartmouth College (A.B.), magna cum laude

Highlights

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"[Greg is] thorough, analytical and creative. He works to facilitate a transaction, rather than create roadblocks."
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AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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Best Lawyers® 2018 Portland, ME Securities/Capital Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year”
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Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.
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Selected for inclusion in the 2018 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars©.

Biography

Greg has served as a trusted advisor to business clients for more than 30 years, helping them navigate their most complicated legal challenges through all kinds of market cycles and regulatory climates.

Greg has been recognized for skill in both corporate law and securities law. He regularly guides companies – large and small – through stock offerings, M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. He also frequently assists other lawyers on the more technical aspects of projects involving financial regulations, legal opinions or contract drafting. Greg has given special attention to capital formation issues for privately-held companies. During 2014, he was among those involved in the design and drafting of the Maine crowdfunding statute and associated rules. Greg is also personally involved in capital formation from the standpoint of investors. He is a board member of the state's venture capital fund (Maine Venture Fund) and is also a member of the state's most active angel investor group (Maine Angels).

Beyond the technical and transactional side of his practice, Greg has served as outside general counsel to a large and diverse set of companies. Executives and directors look to him for experienced, pragmatic guidance on a wide range of problems, balancing business considerations with legal considerations. Greg is interested in management and efficiency issues, and has been on the firm's Total Quality Steering Committee since 1995, and has Chaired the Committee since 2008.  

Before moving to Maine in 1985 to join Verrill Dana, Greg practiced corporate and securities law in New York (Chadbourne & Parke) and Atlanta (Long & Aldridge, now part of Dentons). He has been active in the Business Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association. In recent years, Greg has been a frequent panelist and lecturer on securities law topics affecting angel investing.

Greg’s wife Joanne is an attorney who has her own divorce mediation firm. She also runs Mowfield Farm in Cumberland, Maine, where she grows dahlias for local florists and wedding planners. They enjoy sailing, skiing, hiking, and otherwise taking full advantage of all four New England seasons.

Public Service

Maine Maritime Academy, Board of Trustees (2016-present)
Maine Venture Fund, Board Member (2007-2013 and 2018-present)
Maine Bar Foundation, Director (2004-2006), Finance/Investment Committee
    (2004-2011)
Maine Commission on Investment Capital (1990-1993)
 

Memberships

Maine State Bar Association: Business Law Section (Chairman, 1991 and 1992);
    and Chair, Securities Law Subcommittee (1993 - present)
Drafting Committee: Maine Business Corporation Act
Drafting Committee: Maine Revised Uniform Partnership Act
Drafting Committee: Maine Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act
Drafting Committee: Maine Limited Liability Company Act
Drafting Committee: Maine Uniform Securities Act
Fellow, Maine Justice Foundation
Boston Bar Association, Business Law Newsletter, Editor (2010 - 2011)
Maine Angels (2013 - present), Governance Committee
    (Sep. 2015 - present) 

Education

  • Cornell Law School (J.D.), Cornell Law Review
  • Dartmouth College (A.B.), magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1981
  • Georgia (INACTIVE), 1982
  • Maine, 1985

Honors

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 
    under Corporate/M&A
Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2018 Portland, Maine 
    Securities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2016 Portland, Maine 
    Securities Regulation Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2014 Portland, Maine 
    Securities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2013 Portland, Maine Securities 
    Regulation Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2013 Portland, Maine Mergers & 
    Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2012 Portland, Maine 
    Securities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Corporate Law, Mergers 
    and Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securities 
    Regulation
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under
    Securities & Corporate Finance and Business/Corporate