Roger A. Putnam

Senior Counsel
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  • Boston University School of Law (LL.B., 1951)

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Roger A. Putnam, a former Senior Partner, serves as the firm’s Special Counsel on ethics matters. Mr. Putnam has been with Verrill Dana since 1958. His active practice focused on general litigation, public utilities, and legal ethics. He served as an Assistant Attorney General of the State of Maine from 1951 to 1958.

Roger attended the University of New Hampshire in 1942-43, and left to serve in the United States Army. After his discharge in 1946, he returned to the University of New Hampshire and he later attended Boston University School of Law, from which he received his LL.B. in 1951.

Mr. Putnam is a Fellow of the American Bar and Maine State Bar Associations, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Maine Bar Foundation. In 2004, Mr. Putnam received the Maine Bar Foundation's Howard H. Dana, Jr. Award. He is a member of the Cumberland Bar Association and currently serves as Secretary for the Portland Senior Lawyers Association. He has served as President of the Maine Equal Justice Project. Additionally, Roger has served as a member of the Maine Justice Action Group. He has served on the Board of Cleaves Law Library, with one term as its President, and continues to serve on its Development Committee. Roger is a former Secretary-Treasurer of the Gignoux Inn of Court. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Maine School of Law, and continues on the Executive Committee of the Boston University School of Law Alumni Association. Mr. Putnam formerly chaired the Maine Judicial Ethics Committee, appointed by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Public Service

Former Director and Treasurer, Maine Bar Foundation
Director, Cleaves Law Library, President 1999-2000
Former President, Maine Equal Justice Project
Former Chair, Judicial Ethics Committee of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court


American, Maine State, and Cumberland County Bar Associations
Fellow, Maine Justice Foundation
Secretary-Treasurer Portland Senior Lawyers Association
Member, Executive Committee of the Boston University Law School Alumni 


  • Boston University School of Law (LL.B., 1951)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 1951

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 1952
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1956
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1974


AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recipient, Howard H. Dana, Jr. Award
Muskie Access to Justice Award, The Muskie Fund for Legal Service (2008)