Tawny L. Alvarez

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  • Pace University School of Law (J.D., 2008), magna cum laude
  • Thomas College (B.S., 2005), summa cum laude


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“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 2016.
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Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business


Tawny centers her practice on the understanding that the employment landscape is ever-changing—from medical 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. She has represented diverse clients in a broad range of industries from small family-owned businesses and non-profits to Fortune 500 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 defends clients in court and before administrative bodies throughout the Northeast with relation to their employment issues including:

  • Whistleblowing;
  • Harassment;
  • Discrimination;
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Retaliation;
  • Wage and hour;
  • 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 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, experiencing Portland’s myriad of 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
Portland Museum of Art Corporate Steering Committee


  • Pace University School of Law (J.D., 2008), magna cum laude
  • Thomas College (B.S., 2005), summa cum laude


  • Hon. Thad J. Collins, U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of Iowa
  • Iowa Judicial Branch, District Court
  • 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

Bar Admissions

  • New Hampshire, 2008
  • Massachusetts, 2009
  • Iowa, 2010
  • Maine, 2013
  • Vermont, 2017

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, 2008
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 2013
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - District of New Hampshire, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2016


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 (2016)