Perkins Thompson welcomes associate Melanie N. Dorn

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Perkins Thompson is pleased to welcome Melanie N. Dorn as an associate in the Firm’s Real Estate and Government Services practice groups. Melanie assists clients in real estate transactions and in zoning, land use and environmental permitting matters across Maine. Prior to joining Perkins Thompson, Melanie held an in-house position in deployment of wireless facilities and broadband infrastructure across the U.S.  Melanie is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Class of 2020 Environmental Law and Health Care Law awards.

Barbara Schlichtman and Adam Nyhan to speak at “Cryptocurrency Demystified” on June 7

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Estate planning attorney Barbara Schlichtman and intellectual property and technology attorney Adam Nyhan will participate in the panel discussion, “Cryptocurrency Demystified“, presented by the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine, scheduled for June 7, 2022 at 6:30 pm.  Other panelists include Vincenzo Garganese, a financial planner, and Sebastian Usami, owner of New England Secure.  The panelists will discuss their experience with cryptocurrencies, the blockchain and NFTs, answer related questions, and offer insights into how cryptocurrencies will impact the future.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Library’s Morrell Meeting Room.

Perkins Thompson welcomes associate John E. Belisle

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Perkins Thompson is pleased to welcome associate John E. Belisle as a member of the firm’s Litigation, Business and Corporate, and Government Services practice groups.  John represents individuals and businesses with civil litigation needs, and also counsels and assists property owners and organizations in resolving issues arising from zoning, land use and local government action.  Prior to joining Perkins Thompson, John served as a deputy city attorney for a mid-size California city, where he represented the city in court and counseled city leaders on procurement, leasing, public works contracting and open records statutes.  John is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He also recently served on the board of directors of the nonprofit National Liberty Ship Memorial in San Francisco, which operates the South Portland-built WWII liberty ship S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien.

Perkins Thompson welcomes associate Emily A. Arvizu

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Perkins Thompson is pleased to welcome Emily A. Arvizu as an associate attorney in the firm’s Trust and Estates practice group.  Emily’s practice focuses on helping people create and build estate plans around their specific needs and goals.  She also has a passion for immigration matters and assists clients in gaining and maintaining status in the United States through employment- and family-based petitions.

Emily is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Maine School of Law as well as the 2020 Immigration Law Fellow, a Chair of the Multicultural Law Society, and a recipient of both the Scholastic Achievement Award for Immigration Law and the Faculty Award for Community Service.

Jim Katsiaficas to moderate “E2Tech Talks Trash” webinar

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Jim Katsiaficas will serve as moderator for “E2Tech Talks Trash”, a panel discussion hosted by E2Tech that will focus on the challenges facing Maine cities and towns in solid waste disposal and recycling.  Topics include how Maine’s diverse solid waste disposal systems respond to changing markets and regulations.  The panel also will discuss the recent closure of Coastal Resources of Maine’s Fiberight anaerobic digester in Hampden.

Visit E2Tech to register for this event, scheduled for September 16, 2020, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

Perkins Thompson assists BerryDunn in signing one of the largest new office leases in Portland area in years

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Melissa Murphy and the Perkins Thompson team congratulate our client, BerryDunn, in signing one of the largest new office leases in the Portland area in years.   Melissa worked with Robert Moore, BerryDunn’s Director of Operations, and Chris Paszyc and Jessica Estes of the Boulos Co. in negotiating the Lease with UNUM to provide BerryDunn with space for a national headquarters with room to grow its expanding workforce and national presence.  Moore notes that “Melissa and Perkins Thompson have been great partners, always keeping the client’s needs and wishes in focus, and working to solve problems instead of creating issues.  We’re very pleased with the result that Melissa and Perkins Thompson helped us to achieve.”

Perkins Thompson welcomes attorney Mark A. Woronoff

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Perkins Thompson welcomes Mark A. Woronoff as an attorney in the firm’s Trust and Estates practice group. Mark works primarily in the Kennebunk office at the firm’s Maine Center for Elder Law, where he helps families find solutions for their long-term care planning needs and works with clients to develop individually tailored estate plans.  Mark also has extensive experience in probate and trust administration and guardian/conservatorship matters.  Mark can be reached by email or by phone at (207) 467-3301.

Perkins Thompson welcomes associate Whitney Hayre

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Perkins Thompson welcomes Whitney Hayre as an Associate in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.  Whitney brings an extensive background in trial work and a track record of successfully representing clients in courtrooms across Maine.  Prior to joining Perkins Thompson, Whitney practiced at another Portland firm where she specialized in family matters, including divorce and child custody, and litigated criminal matters.

Adam Nyhan to host free SCORE Workshop: Legal Triage for Early-Stage Startups

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Adam Nyhan will host a free workshop with SCORE Portland, “Legal Triage for Early-Stage Startups,” where he will give an overview of the critical legal issues for tech startups to understand.  Issues covered include intellectual property basics, dealing with co-founders and early employees, when to form a company, how to prepare your startup for outside investment, and common legal pitfalls to avoid.  Adam is an attorney in Perkins Thompson’s Software & Startups practice group.

This workshop is sponsored by Perkins Thompson and will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the SCORE office at 100 Middle Street, Portland, Maine.  Attendance is free, but please RSVP.

Perkins Thompson welcomes attorney Adam Nyhan

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Perkins Thompson welcomes attorney Adam Nyhan, who has joined the firm as Of Counsel.  Adam is a seasoned technology lawyer and former co-founder of a California software company who will practice in the firm’s Software & Startups group as well as its Business & Corporate Law and Intellectual Property & Technology Law groups.  He represents clients in Maine, Silicon Valley and foreign countries in US business-law matters, including software licensing and sales, advertising and privacy law, and forming and financing companies.

Please reach out to Adam or any of the firm’s Software & Startups attorneys for guidance on software and startup matters.

Perkins Thompson represents the Maine Red Claws in the sale of the franchise to the Boston Celtics

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Julie Ray and the Perkins Thompson team represented the Maine Red Claws in the sale of the NBA G League franchise to the Boston Celtics, which was announced publicly on October 15, 2019.  Maine Red Claws former Chairman and principal owner, Bill Ryan, Jr., who was instrumental in founding the Portland team in 2009, expressed his satisfaction with the transition to the Celtics.  Ryan praised Ray and Perkins Thompson for their work:  “Julie and the attorneys at Perkins Thompson did a tremendous job working for over a year on complex negotiations with the Celtics’ attorneys and with the NBA G League.  I’m very pleased with the results.”

Perkins Thompson congratulates Christopher Kouza and Joseph Caradonna of Maine Hotel Holdings LLC on the groundbreaking of the Cambria Hotel

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Perkins Thompson would like to congratulate Christopher Kouza and Joseph Caradonna of Maine Hotel Holdings LLC on the groundbreaking of the Cambria Hotel.  John Upton, Brandon Mazer, Pete McDonell and Julie Ray at Perkins Thompson assisted Mr. Kouza and Mr. Caradonna in negotiating the ground lease and financing the construction for the Cambria Hotel and look forward to its addition to the vibrant Portland hotel scene.

Read the full press release here.

Dawn Harmon contributes to MCLE New England’s book, A Practical Guide to Employment Law in Maine

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Dawn Harmon discusses Wage and Hour Law in MCLE New England’s A Practical Guide to Employment Law in Maine.  According to MCLE, this first publication also covers the topics of risk avoidance, employment agreements, workplace privacy, discrimination claims, leave policies, accommodation with regard to disability and religious observance, and pursuing issues before the Maine Human Rights Commission.

Dave McConnell honored for pro bono trademark work on behalf of Crooked Face Creamery through Legal Food Hub program

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Dave McConnell was recently honored for his pro bono trademark work on behalf of Crooked Face Creamery, a family-owned cheesemaker in Norridgewock, Maine.  Dave advised Crooked Face in connection with the Legal Food Hub program of the Conservation Law Foundation.  The Portland Press Herald chose the Legal Food Hub  as a 2019 winner of a Source Maine Sustainability Award, highlighting Dave’s work in a feature-length article in the newspaper.

You can read the full story here.

John Hobson appointed to Chair of Governor Mills’ Judicial Nominations Advisory Committee

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John Hobson has been appointed to Chair of Governor Mills’ Judicial Nominations Advisory Committee, commonly referred to as the Governor’s Judicial Selection Committee.  The Committee is responsible for evaluating and advising the Governor on potential candidates for judicial appointments and reappointments on Maine’s District and Superior Courts as well as for the Maine Supreme Court.  John has been a member of this Committee since 2002, spanning both Democrat and Republican administrations.  Perkins Thompson congratulates John on his appointment and his service to the State of Maine.

Dawn Harmon selected to serve on United States District Court of Maine’s Civil Discourse Program Committee

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Dawn Harmon has been selected to serve on the United States District Court of Maine’s Civil Discourse Program Committee.  The Committee was formed to launch a pilot project, Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions.  For high school and college students, Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions is a national initiative of the federal courts that brings these students into federal courthouses for legal proceedings that stem from situations in which law-abiding young people can find themselves.

Perkins Thompson is pleased to be a sponsor of the 8th Annual Little Black Dress Event hosted by Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

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Perkins Thompson is pleased to be a sponsor of the 8th Annual Little Black Dress Event hosted by Goodwill of Northern New England for the benefit of Goodwill’s Veterans Access Fund.  This year’s event, which will include a fashion show, live and silent auctions, music, and hors d’oeuvres, will be held on Thursday, April 25th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Portland’s Ocean Gateway.  Click here to find out more about how you can attend and help us to support Goodwill’s Veterans Access Fund.

Dawn Harmon to host educational session: “From #metoo to Meaningful Change”

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Dawn Harmon will host a training session, From #metoo to Meaningful Change, where she will discuss methods that businesses can use to successfully handle sexual harassment complaints while protecting their companies.

This free event, sponsored by the Biddeford +Saco Chamber of Commerce + Industry, will be held at the Hampton Inn, 48 Industrial Park Road, Saco, on February 13, 2019, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.  Continental breakfast will be provided.

Brandon Mazer travels to UK for Leeds International Beer Festival

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During Brandon Mazer’s time as President of the Maine Brewers’ Guild, he worked with the Board and Executive Director, Sean Sullivan, to launch the Maine Beer Box.  The Maine Beer Box is a custom-built 40-foot refrigerated shipping container with 78 beer taps and draft system, with the goal of bringing Maine beer to a different country every year.   In June 2017, Brandon traveled with the Guild to Reykjavik, Iceland where the Guild hosted the largest beer festival in Icelandic history and lead to a number of collaborations between Maine and Icelandic brewers.

This year, the Maine Beer Box is traveling to Leeds, England where it will be featured at the Leeds International Beer Festival. Brandon will be joining over 65 Maine breweries, including many who are clients of Perkins Thompson, to attend the festival and use his in-depth knowledge of alcohol compliance in the United States to develop business relationships with breweries in the United Kingdom that may be looking to bring their beers to the US, as well as work with Maine brewers who may want to export to the UK.

Upon his return, Brandon will be guest lecturing in Thomas Brems’ course at the University of Maine Law School: Topics in Legal Practice: Import/Export.

Ten Perkins Thompson Attorneys listed in Best Lawyers in America 2019

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The following Perkins Thompson attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019:

Additionally, John A. Hobson was named the Best Lawyers® 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” for Construction Litigation in Portland, Maine.

Best Lawyers® bases its listings on a peer review process, in which researchers ask leading attorneys from specific practice areas and geographic regions about the professional abilities of their colleagues.

Dawn Harmon to lead workshop “From #metoo to Meaningful Change: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace”

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Dawn Harmon will lead a workshop, entitled “From #metoo to Meaningful Change: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” at the 2018 Startup Maine conference.  An incredibly timely topic in the startup community (and around the country), the workshop will focus on identifying and addressing sexual harassment (or other unhealthy behavior) in the workplace by shifting the focus from legal compliance to meaningful cultural changes.

 

 

Dave McConnell and Dawn Harmon will be presenters at the Maine HR Convention’s “HR as a Data Breach Target: In the Bullseye”

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Dave McConnell and Dawn Harmon will be presenters at “HR as a Data Breach Target: In the Bullseye” on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 from 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm at the Samoset resort in Rockport.

According to the Maine HR Convention, “Over 90% of cyber-attacks stem from information provided by employees about their organizations! HR departments in Maine have been targeted by thieves seeking to steal employee information. This program aims directly at HR management. How do we prevent employee caused data breaches and how do we plan and implement a legal response to a data breach – inadvertent or otherwise? David McConnell of Perkins Thompson, P.A. and Jane Carpenter of Maine Identity Services, LLC have helped organizations respond to such data breaches. At the Samoset, they will help you avoid common employee mistakes that may cause a breach, and in the event of one, plan for the legal aspects of a breach. The focus will be twofold – looking at people and processes. Discover the specific information desired by thieves, the best practices to protect against a breach, the protocols once a breach occurs… and the $7 piece of equipment that can eliminate most data breaches.”

Register for the Maine HR Convention and this event.

Dave McConnell panelist for Legal Food Hub’s CLE: Navigating IP Issues Faced by Farm and Food Businesses

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Dave McConnell will be a panelist for Legal Food Hub’s CLE: Navigating IP Issues Faced by Farm and Food Businesses, featuring two panel discussions: An Overview of Intellectual Property Law for Farm and Food Businesses and The Application of Trademark Law in the Farm and Food Context.  The CLE will be held Wednesday, May 16 from 8:45 – 11:00 a.m. at the offices of Pierce Atwood, 254 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine.  Registration is free and the course is worth 2 CLE credits.

If you would like to register, please email Phelps Turner, Maine Legal Food Hub Coordinator.

Dawn Harmon’s MaineBiz article discusses new USDOL framework for determining if an intern needs to be paid

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Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor adopted a new “primary beneficiary” test for determining whether an intern or student qualifies as an employee, and thus, needs to be paid. In her article, How to: Comply with Department of Labor’s 7 Rules for Internships, Dawn examines the current factors employers should use to determine an intern’s status and offers guidance to employers in designing a compliant internship program.

Dawn Harmon panelist for Part 5 of the Biddeford + Saco Chamber of Commerce + Industry’s six-part series on Employment Law

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Dawn Harmon will be the panelist for Part 5 of the Biddeford + Saco Chamber of Commerce + Industry’s six-part series on Employment Law.  Dawn will address best practices for employers, including classification of employees, the importance of handbooks, disciplinary actions, and terminations.

The event will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 AM EST at the Hampton Inn, 48 Industrial Road, in Saco, Maine.  The cost is $25 for members and $35.00 for non-members and includes a hot breakfast from 7:00 – 7:30.

If you would like to register for this event, please e-mail pj@biddefordsacochamber.org.

Tim Benoit and Emily White will be presenters at St. Joseph’s College CPA Workshop

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Tim Benoit and Emily White will be presenters at St. Joseph’s College CPA Workshop.  The CPA Workshop is designed for accounting professionals who need continuing education credits to meet professional licensing requirements, and will cover current tax laws, accounting issues, and ethics matters.

As part of the Workshop, Tim will give an overview of the types of tax-free reorganizations available to S Corporations and C Corporations. He will also provide examples of situations when one or more of those types can be useful.

Emily will be giving a presentation on the process of representing a client in an Offer in Compromise with the IRS.  Emily will also be presenting on recent changes in Federal and Maine state tax laws.

The CPA Workshop will be held at St. Joseph’s College, 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish, ME  04084 on September 14, 2017 from 7:00am – 4:00pm.  Follow the link below to register if you would like to attend this event.

REGISTER HERE

 

Seven Perkins Thompson attorneys receive AV Preeminent® Peer Review Ratings™ from Martindale-Hubbell®

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The following Perkins Thompson attorneys have received AV Preeminent® Peer Review Ratings™ from Martindale-Hubbell®:

Timothy P. Benoit
Fred W. Bopp III
Phil Hunt
David B. McConnell
Peggy L. McGehee
Melissa Hanley Murphy
John S. Upton

AV Preeminent® is the highest peer rating standard awarded by Martindale-Hubbell®. This rating signifies that the lawyer’s reviewed peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

Eleven Perkins Thompson attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

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The following Perkins Thompson lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018:

Timothy P. Benoit:  Tax Law
Fred W. Bopp III:  Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
Melissa Hanley Murphy:  Real Estate Law
John A. Hobson:  Construction; Litigation – Construction
Phil Hunt:  Litigation –Trust and Estates; Trust and Estates
James N. Katsiaficas:  Administrative/Regulatory Law; Municipal Law
Peggy L. McGehee:  Real Estate Law
Paul D. Pietropaoli:  Real Estate Law
William J. Sheils:  Corporate Law; Employment Law – Management
Mark P. Snow:  Banking and Finance Law
John S. Upton:  Corporate Law

Best Lawyers® bases its listings on a peer review process, in which researchers ask leading attorneys from specific practice areas and geographic regions about the professional abilities of their colleagues.

Perkins Thompson welcomes associate Ian C. Green

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Perkins Thompson is pleased to welcome Ian C. Green as its newest associate. Ian is a 2016 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and the recipient of the prestigious Kenneth R. Clegg Award for Excellence for passing the February 2017 bar examination with the highest combined score of any applicant in their first attempt. As a member of the firm’s Business and Immigration practice groups, Ian offers a wide range of business law services, with a particular interest in helping entrepreneurs translate new visions into entity structures designed to achieve their goals.

Perkins Thompson is pleased to be a sponsor of the 6th Annual Little Black Dress Event hosted by Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

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Perkins Thompson is pleased to be a sponsor of the 6th Annual Little Black Dress Event hosted by Goodwill Industries of Northern New England for the benefit of Goodwill’s Veterans Fund.  This year’s event, which will include a fashion show, live and silent auctions, music, and hors d’oeuvres, will be held on Thursday, April 27th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Portland’s Ocean Gateway.  Follow the link below to find out more about how you can attend and support Goodwill’s Veterans Fund.

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Perkins Thompson attorney elected to the board of trustees of the Portland Water District

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The firm congratulates Joe Siviski of the firm’s business and litigation groups on his November 2015 election to the board of trustees of the Portland Water District. Joe represents the municipalities of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth, and will serve a term of five years. The Portland Water District was founded over a century ago and currently supplies water service to nearly 200,000 people in 11 different Maine communities. For more information, see https://www.pwd.org/.