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Douglas P. Currier

Douglas P. Currier

Partner

Verrill Dana, LLP
Maine, U.S.A.

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Douglas P. Currier's practice focuses primarily on labor and employment law and litigation. He also regularly handles business immigration matters on behalf of the firm's clients. Having practiced law at Verrill Dana since 1985, Doug has handled a wide variety of complicated and challenging matters for clients large and small. His practice also extends beyond Maine borders. A frequent speaker on relevant topics to employers, he has made employer education and initiatives a priority. He provides counsel to management on all employment and immigration related issues. Mr. Currier has also successfully served as a mediator for employment-related disputes.

Doug is the Chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Law Group, and is a member of the Maine State Bar Association's Employment Law Section as well as the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He has also been recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Labor & Employment.

Doug is a member of the Board of Editors of the Maine Business & Employment Law Newsletter, published by Northern New England Law Publishers, Inc.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

  • Extensive experience successfully representing employers before the Maine Human Rights Commission, the EEOC and other state administrative agencies.

  • Presenter at the 25th Anniversary of the Maine Human Rights Commission.

  • Designed and coordinated an extensive mandated self-audit in response to the federal Department of Labor’s wage and hour investigation of one of Maine’s largest employers.

  • Coordinated and implemented mass layoffs and plant closings to ensure compliance with the WARN Act, Maine’s Severance Pay Act and other applicable laws.

  • Represented one of State’s largest agricultural employers in connection with the Department of Labor’s investigation, as well as FLSA class actions.

  • Lead attorney on the management team responsible for the successful negotiation of a concession contract allowing for the sale of business necessary to avoid plant closure.

  • Lead attorney in responding to comprehensive I-9 audit initiated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for large corporation involving proposed fines exceeding $250,000.

  • Successfully represented management in one of the largest, most highly publicized union campaigns in the State of Maine.

  • Represented employers in labor arbitrations on issues ranging from contract interpretation to discharge cases.

  • Represented employers in state and federal court litigation on virtually every aspect of employment law including breach of contract, promissory estoppel, employment discrimination, unpaid wages, FMLA violations and non-competition covenants.

  • Defended employers in connection with OSHA citations, including in the context of workplace fatalities.

  • Extensive experience negotiating and drafting employment and other business contracts including Restrictive Covenant Agreements, Professional Services Agreements, Consulting Agreements and other services agreements.

  • Provided counseling services with respect to human resources, personnel relations, business regulation and legal compliance.

  • Assisted with employment and immigration matters associated with business transactions and acquisitions.

  • Bar Admissions

    Maine, 1985
    U.S. District Court, District of Maine, 1985

    Education

    Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1985), with honors
    Middlebury College (B.A., 1982), cum laude
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Labor & Employment
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® under Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Immigration Law and Litigation - Labor & Employment
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers® under Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation: Defense and Immigration

Professional Associations

    Maine State Bar Association

Seminars

Lecturer, "Practical Tips for Successful HR Management," Lorman (September 2004).
Lecturer, "New Overtime Regulations," Southern Maine Human Resources Association (June, 2004).
Lecturer, "Maine Wage & Hour Update," National Business Institute (May, 2004).
Lecturer, "Understanding the Maine Human Rights Process and How to Prepare Your Defense Before You Get Sued" (March, 2004).
Lecturer, "Maine Personnel Law Update," Council on Education in Management (September, 2003).
Lecturer, "Maine Wage & Hour Update," National Business Institute (April, 2003).
Lecturer, "Advanced Issues in Maine Employment Law," National Business Institute, (February 2003).
Lecturer, "Employee Retention and Maintaining a Union-Free Environment," Northeast Human Resources Association (October, 2002).
Lecturer, "It's the Wage & Hour Hour," Maine Human Resources Convention (May 2002).
Lecturer, "Walking the Workplace Privacy Tightrope," Non-Profit Technology Fair (April, 2002).

Other recent topics for Client Presentations: How to Conduct a Workplace Investigation; FMLA and ADA Compliance; Lawful Terminations; Avoiding Harassment Education & Training.

Blogs

Benefits Law Update
Verrill Dana, LLP 

Welcome to the Verrill Dana Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group blog. Members of the Group use this space to provide timely updates and commentary on developments in law affecting employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. We intend this blog to serve as a...

Taking Care of HR Business
Verrill Dana, LLP 

In the words of Bob Dylan: "the times they are a-changin." For anyone who deals with labor and employment issues in the workplace, Dylan's words are particularly true. Human resource professionals, supervisors, and company executives face a constantly changing and evolving legal landscape. ...

WSG's members are independent firms and are not affiliated in the joint practice of professional services. Each member exercises its own individual judgments on all client matters.

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