Dawn M. Harmon
Dawn Harmon is a director and shareholder at Perkins Thompson, having joined the firm in 2004 after serving a clerkship for Chief Justice Leigh Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Ms. Harmon’s practice focuses on civil litigation and employment and labor law. Ms. Harmon is an experienced civil litigator, having appeared on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts. Practicing in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, Ms. Harmon maintains a diverse civil litigation practice, with an emphasis on employment law litigation, commercial litigation, products liability, and real property disputes, including boundary disputes and partition actions. She has also appeared before municipal boards representing clients in land use disputes.
Ms. Harmon’s employment law practice includes assisting clients with discrimination, wrongful discharge and wage and hour claims before the Maine Human Rights Commission and representing clients in litigation matters in both state and federal courts. Ms. Harmon regularly advises clients on wage and hour laws, employment contracts, terminations and discrimination and harassment matters. She also regularly conducts training seminars on important employment law matters for her clients. Ms. Harmon also acts as an independent investigator for companies investigating claims of harassment and discrimination to charges of discrimination.
University of Maine School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude | 2003
Executive Editor, Maine Law Review
B.A., summa cum laude, with honors in political science | 1999
Bar / Court Admissions
- New Hampshire | 2012
- U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit | 2011
- U.S. District Court, District of Maine | 2007
- Maine | 2003
- Massachusetts | 2003
- What’s My Defense? New Hampshire Statute Provides List of Contractor Defenses to Defect Claims
- Contractors’ Right to Notice: New Hampshire’s Residential Construction Statute Requires Homeowners to Provide Notice of Defects Prior to Suing
- The Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Agreements That Waive Employees’ Right to Join a Class Action
- Internships: To pay or not to pay?
- What Does the Rejection of the “Narrow Construction” Rule for FLSA Exemptions Mean for Employers?
- Client Bulletin the New FLSA Regulations: What They Mean and How to Comply, June 2016
- Should You Be Paying Your Interns? The Employee vs. Intern Distinction.
- Who Owns Your Company’s Social Media Accounts?
- The Employee Handbook: Don’t Overlook This Important Tool
- Managing Employer Risks in a BYOD Environment: Creating a Sound BYOD Policy
Publications / Seminars
- Mainebiz Women’s Leadership Forum: The Gender Wage Gap, Why is it Still a Thing?, Panelist, 2017
- Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce, Seminar Series, Presenter, 2017
- Co-Author with Mr. Talbot, “Create a sound bring-your-own-device policy“, MaineBiz (2014)
- Presenter, “Legal Issues for Startups” at Launch or Grow Business Success Conference (2014)
- Co-Author with Mr. Talbot, “Make Sure Your Policy on Employee Background Checks is Solid“, MaineBiz (2013)
- HIV and the ADA: What is a Direct Threat?, 55 Me.L.Rev. 391 (2003)
Ms. Harmon is a member of the Maine State and American Bar Associations as well as the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. She is active in the Employment Law Section and Women’s Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association. While in law school, she served as Executive Editor of the Maine Law Review.
Service / Achievements
Ms. Harmon serves on the Town of Cape Elizabeth’s Personnel Board of Appeals, a three person quasi-judicial Board that reviews appeals of Town employee disciplinary actions and serves as a Director and Officer for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine.
Ms. Harmon has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2014 – 2016 in the field of Civil Litigation Defense. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.