Tawny L. Alvarez

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  • Pace University School of Law (J.D.), magna cum laude
  • Thomas College (B.S.), summa cum laude

Highlights

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"[Tawny] was very well versed and was able to understand our company's situation, and thus make some terrific suggestions."
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EMPLOYMENT BLOG
“Taking Care of HR Business” provides news and legal updates for HR professionals.
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Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars©.
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Recognized as Katahdin Counsel in 2017.
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Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Biography

Your culture defines your business and Tawny prides herself on assisting clients comply with the law, while simultaneously creating an amazing place to work. Tawny centers her practice on the understanding that the employment landscape is ever-changing and that many organizations do not have the time or resources to keep abreast of all of these changes—from medical (and recreational) marijuana’s effect on drug testing, to the effect of social networking in the workplace and mobile devices’ effect on wage and hour issues. In this evolving landscape she recognizes that for companies to remain profitable and successful they must be proactive, as opposed to reactive, to these employment issues.

As many of these issues are swiftly evolving, Tawny prides herself on staying abreast of their development and crafting cost-effective solutions for adapting. She sensibly recognizes that one size representation does not fit all and focuses her practice on providing creative, cost-effective, and individualized labor and employment counseling and representation to clients while maintaining the culture that they have worked so hard to construct. She has represented diverse clients in a broad range of industries from small family-owned businesses and non-profits to Fortune 100 companies across the country. In each situation, she recognizes that each company’s culture and employment needs are distinct and crafts her practice to providing solutions that take these individualized needs and cultures into account.

Tawny frequently advises clients and defends them in court and before administrative bodies throughout the Northeast with relation to their employment issues including:

  • Wage and hour;
  • Whistleblowing;
  • Harassment/Discrimination/Retaliation (FMLA, ADA, FLSA, OSHA, USERRA, GINA, and ADEA);
  • Unemployment compensation;
  • Employment agreements (including breach of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements);
  • Drug testing;
  • Supervisor liability; and
  • Social media and technology in the workplace

Her experience working with judges across the country at the trial and appellate levels provides her with a unique level of insight as to the ins-and-outs of state and federal litigation. Outside the adversarial setting she counsels clients on best practices to minimize potential litigation with current and former employees including preparation of separation agreements and drafting and revising policy handbooks.

As the editor of Verrill Dana’s Labor & Employment Group’s Blog, Taking Care of HR Business, Tawny recognizes the effect that social media and technology can have on employers and the issues they may create in the workplace that weren’t prevalent in the recent past. She regularly presents to employers, human resources professionals, and peers on trending issues, best practices, and industry-specific concerns.

Tawny also co-chairs the Firm’s Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries practice group. Using the same mindset—that one size does not fit all—she enjoys helping small and large companies in the beverage community stay in compliance with state and federal regulations, while simultaneously maintaining a culture that works for the organization.

Tawny is the 2008 recipient of the Adolf Homburger Humanitarian Award and prides herself on giving back to the community. Outside the office, Tawny enjoys reading fiction, exploring art museums and the Maine coast, experiencing Portland’s myriad of drinking, dining and cultural options, travelling, and spending time playing with her daughter.

Public Service

Board of Directors, Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)
Portland Museum of Art Contemporaries Steering Committee
United Way Greater Portland Brick and Beam Society - Membership & 
    Programming Committee

Education

  • Pace University School of Law (J.D.), magna cum laude
  • Thomas College (B.S.), summa cum laude

Clerkships

  • Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Hon. Thad J. Collins, U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of Iowa
  • Iowa Judicial Branch, District Court

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Iowa

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Honors

Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 
    under Labor & Employment
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under
    Employment & Labor
Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for Pro Bono efforts (2014, 2015, 2016, 
    2017)