Litigation & Trial


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- "They are very open, completely transparent and helpful in guiding me through all the steps." 
- "…the team is excellent, cases are well prepared and legal arguments are presented meticulously."

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Recognized as a Top Ranked firm in Chambers USA 2018.
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Recognized in the 2017 U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings.
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Recognized in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation as a "Highly Recommended" firm.


In an era when many big firms and litigation boutiques view trials as uncommon or occasional events, the Verrill Dana Litigation & Trial team offers unparalleled hands-on experience in actual trials. At last count, our team had tried more than 600 jury and non-jury cases, in addition to several hundred arbitrations, and thousands of mediations and administrative proceedings.

Whether handling an antitrust case, defending directors and officers in a significant shareholder derivative action involving a major corporation, litigating multi-party real estate transactions, or resolving cases arising from complicated contractual and business disputes, we have handled it. We take on cases where the stakes are high and the issues are complex. Our background in litigating high-profile cases allows us to rapidly identify and focus on the key factors that affect a lawsuit.

Litigation is a dynamic process. Law is constantly evolving. We keep apprised of the latest developments and verdicts across the country. We anticipate appellate issues and plan the best strategy to safeguard our client’s legal position.

With more than 40 attorneys and 10 paralegals, our team has the capacity to take on the most complex matters across a broad range of industries. Matters are staffed according to complexity and exposure. While Verrill Dana relies on associates and paraprofessionals as appropriate, our partners are involved in the day-to-day management and work of our client’s cases. We do not, as many larger firms do, delegate matters entirely to inexperienced associates who “learn” at the expense of the client. At the same time, we do delegate matters not requiring extensive substantive knowledge and experience to associates and paralegals where appropriate in order to keep down costs.

We have invested in and rely heavily on technology to assist in the efficient management of cases. Our paralegals administer and use leading-edge software portfolios (including CaseLogistix, CaseNotebook, Trial Director, Sanctions, Concordance, Summation, and CaseMap), enabling the team to handle – by way of example – a recent case involving 1.2 million documents and 1.5 TB of data. Legal research is undertaken by associates and shared, electronically, among team members via online folders. We use an internal document management system (FileSite) that is widely considered best-in-class. We have an extensive library of pleadings from prior cases and a centralized bank of research memos.

States with Experience

Our firm is based in New England, but we try cases throughout the country. Most of our attorneys are licensed in several states and we often have the opportunity to appear on a pro hac vice basis in those jurisdictions where we are not already licensed.

Our clients expect excellence in the work we do and the results we achieve. We accept nothing less than that from ourselves. Whether our Trial group is engaged to protect a client’s interests before suit is commenced, during the litigation or on the eve of trial, or we are hired to advocate for a client on appeal, we provide seasoned counsel to our clients when they need it most.


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