Keith C. Jones

Partner
T: (207) 253-4408
  • Georgetown University (J.D., 1984), magna cum laude
  • Yale University (B.A., 1981), cum laude

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AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.

Biography

K.C. is the Managing Partner of the firm. He assists businesses of all types and sizes in corporate governance, capital raising and acquisition matters.

K.C. has advised publicly-held companies, family business and non-profit entities on matters of corporate governance and the efficient structuring of their operations. He has represented numerous businesses in raising venture capital and bank and other debt, including the representation of various parties in municipal and corporate bond transactions.

During his career, K.C. has acted as securities counsel to a number of Maine publicly-held corporations, for whom he was involved in preparing periodic reports, registration statements, and proxy statements in accordance with SEC rules. As part of his securities practice, K.C. has also designed employee stock purchase, option, and incentive plans, has prepared related SEC filings, and has advised corporate executives and shareholders on their obligations under federal securities laws.

As a member of Verrill Dana’s Business Law Department, K.C. has also frequently been engaged in complex mergers and acquisitions involving public and other companies and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Corporate, M&A and Securities. He has also been involved in tender offers, proxy contests, shareholder disputes and other matters involving control of corporations.

K.C. is a former Chair of the Business Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association and was actively involved in revisions to Maine's current Corporate and Securities statutes. He is also a previous chair of the International Practice Section of the Maine State Bar Association and has spoken frequently on issues involved in cross-border trade and investment in Maine and Canada.

K.C. is a graduate of Yale University (cum laude, with honors in Economics) and the Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude, where he was an editor of the journal Law and Policy in International Business. K.C. previously served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Portland, including as chair of that Board, and currently serves as a director of Maine & Company and of the Mitchell Institute. Before becoming a Partner at Verrill Dana, K.C. was a shareholder at Drummond Woodsum & MacMahon in Portland.

K.C. is an avid cyclist and photographer.

Public Service

Director, Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute (2013-present)
Director, New England Legal Foundation (2012-2017)
Director, Maine & Company (2009-present)
Secretary, MaineHealth Board of Trustees (2005-2013)
Director, United Way of Greater Portland (1998-2009, Chair, 2004-2006)
Member, Governor's Advisory Council on International Trade (1995)

Memberships

Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Fellow, Maine Justice Foundation
Maine State Bar Association Business Law Section (Chair, 2003-2004) and 
    International Practice Section (Chair, 1990-1994)
American Bar Association, Business Law and International Law and Practice 
    Sections
Drafting Committee, Maine Model Business Corporation Act (2001-2002)

Education

  • Georgetown University (J.D., 1984), magna cum laude
  • Yale University (B.A., 1981), cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 1984

Honors

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2019 Portland, Maine Corporate
    Law Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2017 Portland, Maine Mergers and 
    Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2016 Portland, Maine Securities /
    Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2012 Portland, Maine Securities 
    Regulation Lawyer of the Year
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Corporate Law, Mergers 
    and Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securities
    Regulation