Douglas P. Currier

Douglas P. Currier: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP (132 Attorneys)
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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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.

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Biography

Douglas P. Currier's practice focuses primarily on labor and employment law and litigation representing management. Having practiced law at Verrill Dana since 1985, Doug has handled a wide variety of complicated and challenging matters for clients large and small on a regional and national basis.

Doug works with clients to develop work place strategies that achieve objectives and to navigate an intelligent path through complex personnel issues while maintaining compliance with State and federal laws, such as the FLSA, the ADA and the NLRA. Doug also helps clients with the formation of best practices and documentation, for example with regard to personnel policies, employment contracts and restrictive covenants, collective bargaining agreements and hiring protocols. Doug is also litigation counsel for businesses facing legal challenges ranging from union campaigns and labor arbitrations to wrongful discharge and employment discrimination claims. Doug prides himself in understanding a client business and culture to partner with the client to achieve the best possible result from both a legal and a business perspective.

A frequent speaker on relevant topics to employers, he has made employer education and initiatives a priority. Mr. Currier has also successfully served as a mediator for employment-related disputes.

At the end of 2014 Doug finished serving six years on the Firm's Executive Board, the last three as its Chair. Doug is also the Chair of the Firm's Labor & Employment Law Group.

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.
•Experienced defending property owners, housing projects and other landlords against State and federal (HUD) housing discrimination claims.

When not practicing law, Mr. Currier is often actively pursuing outdoor passions, usually in the mountains or in or on the water. His most recent life adventure: kite-boarding off the coast of Maine or wherever else he can find a lot of wind.

Honors

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

Highlights

[Doug is] not only well versed in employment law, but also offers unprecedented guidance on issues ranging from simple questions to very complex and ever-changing state and federal regulations.

EMPLOYMENT BLOG
“Taking Care of HR Business” provides news and legal updates for HR professionals.

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

Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018.

Events

April 11, 2018

Business Breakfast Forum: HR Right Now

Speaking Engagements

Douglas P. Currier

January 25, 2018

2018 Annual Employment Law Update

Hosted Events

Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Benjamin E. Ford, Gregory S. Fryer, Sara E. Hirshon, Christopher S. Lockman, Maryann McGinn, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, Elizabeth Connellan Smith, Douglas R. Steinmetz, Mathew J. Todaro, Patricia D. Weitzman, Calvin K. Woo

October 25, 2017

Seminar: An Employer’s Roadmap to Navigate Family & Medical Leave

Hosted Events

Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier

October 4, 2017

WEBINAR: What to Expect When Your Employee is Expecting

Hosted Events

Joanna S. Bowers, Douglas P. Currier

January 26, 2017

2017 Annual Employment Law Update

Hosted Events

Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Benjamin E. Ford, Christopher S. Lockman, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, Elizabeth Connellan Smith, Douglas R. Steinmetz, Patricia D. Weitzman

July 19, 2016

MPBN Maine Calling - Overtime Rules

Speaking Engagements

Douglas P. Currier

May 18, 2016

WEBINAR - When Company Leaders Need to Be Investigated...

Hosted Events

Douglas P. Currier

May 13, 2016

Maine HR Convention: Performance Management

Speaking Engagements

Douglas P. Currier, Tawny L. Alvarez

January 27, 2016

2016 Annual Employment Law Update

Hosted Events

Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Benjamin E. Ford, Richard G. Moon, Elizabeth Connellan Smith, Douglas R. Steinmetz, Patricia D. Weitzman

December 1, 2015

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Unless Your Holiday Policies and Festivities Leave You Open to Liability

Hosted Events

Tawny L. Alvarez

May 7, 2015

Risk Management and Credibility Go Hand in Hand

Speaking Engagements

Douglas P. Currier

May 7, 2014

The ADA and FMLA on the Witness Stand

Speaking Engagements

Tawny L. Alvarez, Douglas P. Currier

April 23, 2014

SEMINAR - Defamation and Invasion of Privacy: What These Terms Mean to Employers

Hosted Events

Douglas P. Currier

April 23, 2014

WEBINAR- Defamation and Invasion of Privacy: What These Terms Mean to Employers

Hosted Events

Douglas P. Currier

January 22, 2014

2014 Annual Employment Law Update

Hosted Events

Eric D. Altholz, Tawny L. Alvarez, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Richard G. Moon, Misti D. Munster, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

June 26, 2013

Seminar - Managing Frustrating FMLA Leave Issues

Hosted Events

Douglas P. Currier, Tawny L. Alvarez

June 26, 2013

Webinar - Managing Frustrating FMLA Leave Issues

Hosted Events

Douglas P. Currier, Tawny L. Alvarez

January 30, 2013

2013 Annual Employment Law Update

Hosted Events

Eric D. Altholz, Tawny L. Alvarez, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Richard G. Moon, Misti D. Munster, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

April 11, 2012

Examining Some of the Most Challenging Issues for Employers

Hosted Events

Douglas P. Currier

January 26, 2012

2012 Annual Employment Law Update

Hosted Events

Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Richard G. Moon, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

July 16, 2011

Doug Currier Discusses Maine's Guns in the Workplace Law on Mind Your Own Business Radio Program

Speaking Engagements

Douglas P. Currier

June 2, 2011

EEO and FLSA Compliance: Recent Developments

Hosted Events

Douglas P. Currier

June 22, 2010

Employment Law Seminar: “What’s in a Name?” The Risks of Misclassifying Employees

Hosted Events

April 7, 2010

Labor & Employment Breakfast Workshop: Encore Presentation of How to Train Your Managers on the Meaning of Good Documentation

Hosted Events

March 31, 2010

Labor & Employment Lunch Workshop: How to Train Your Managers on the Meaning of Good Documentation

Hosted Events

November 17, 2009

Labor & Employment Breakfast Workshop: Social Media and The Workplace

Hosted Events

Experience

Allagash Brewing Company

Always an Adventure. From humble beginnings in a small Portland warehouse to winning a gold medal at the American Beer Festival, Verrill Dana has supported and toasted the success of Allagash Brewing Company.

Corporate Affiliation Transaction

To increase its competitiveness in a changing health care market, a leading Massachusetts academic medical center sought to build a more integrated health care network. The acquisition of another area hospital was a complex, multi-disciplinary effort spanning seven months.

Multi-Disciplinary Representation in Mill Purchase and Regulatory Compliance

We represented the buyer in the acquisition of Domtar Maine LLC, which owns and operates the pulp mill in Baileyville, Maine (also known as Woodland), and continue to represent the mill in regulatory compliance matters.

Nonprofit Mergers & Acquisitions: Membership Substitution Transaction

To expand its capacity to provide patient care in an increasingly competitive marketplace, a pioneering New York-based kidney and cancer research and treatment center affiliated with another New York institution in a complex, 11-month process requiring the coordination of many attorneys and practice groups.

Sale of Medicaid Managed Care Plan

This is an asset sale of the assets of a 501(3) tax exempt Medicaid managed care plan to a 501(c)(4) Managed Care Plan.

Sale of Teaching/Community Hospital

Sale of 500-bed teaching/community hospital to the teaching hospital of a major university.

News

April 11, 2018

Human Resources Right Now: April 11 Breakfast Forum Highlights

Media Mentions

Douglas P. Currier

December 7, 2017

Full-Day Conference to Address Labor & Employment Changes from the New Administration

Press Releases

Douglas P. Currier

January 5, 2017

Election Year Creates Complexity for Employers: Verrill Dana Hosts Full-Day Conference, 2017 Annual Employment Law Update

Press Releases

Douglas P. Currier

November 28, 2016

Retail Giant TJX to Expand Overtime Pay Despite Block of Obama Rule

Media Mentions

Douglas P. Currier

June 13, 2016

New OT Rules Take Effect Dec. 1: Here’s What You Need to Know

Media Mentions

Douglas P. Currier, Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers

May 29, 2013

Verrill Dana Recognized as a Leading Firm by Chambers & Partners

Press Releases

Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, Lisa S. Boehm, Robert C. Brooks, Juliet T. Browne, Anthony M. Calcagni, Roger A. Clement, Jr., James I. Cohen, Kimberly S. Couch, Douglas P. Currier, Gregory S. Fryer, David L. Galgay, Jr., Gregg H. Ginn, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, Katie M. Gray, William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy, Jeffrey L. Heidt, Nathaniel R. Hull, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, James C. Palmer, Raymond A. Pelletier

June 7, 2012

Verrill Dana Ranked Among Top Firms by Chambers & Partners

Press Releases

Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, Lisa S. Boehm, Robert C. Brooks, Juliet T. Browne, Anthony M. Calcagni, Roger A. Clement, Jr., Christopher J.W. Coggeshall, James I. Cohen, Kimberly S. Couch, Douglas P. Currier, Gregory S. Fryer, Gregg H. Ginn, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy, Jeffrey L. Heidt, Nathaniel R. Hull, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, James C. Palmer, Raymond A. Pelletier, Christopher R. Smith

Publications

February 8, 2018

2018 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

Seminar Materials

Tawny Alvarez, Joanna Bowers, Robert Brooks, Douglas Currier, Benjamin Ford, Gregory Fryer, Sara Hirshon, Christopher Lockman, Maryann McGinn, Suzanne Meeker, Richard Moon, Elizabeth Smith, Douglas Steinmetz, Mathew Todaro, Patricia Weitzman, and Calvin Woo

January 27, 2017

2017 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

Seminar Materials

Tawny Alvarez, Joanna Bowers, Robert Brooks, Douglas Currier, Christopher Lockman, Suzanne Meeker, Richard Moon, Elizabeth Smith, Douglas Steinmetz, and Patricia Weitzman

November 23, 2016

Federal Judge Enjoins Upcoming DOL Overtime Salary Basis Increase

Alerts and Newsletters

Tawny Alvarez, Joanna Bowers, Robert Brooks, and Douglas Currier

January 27, 2016

2016 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

Seminar Materials

Tawny Alvarez, Joanna Bowers, Robert Brooks, Douglas Currier, Benjamin Ford, Richard Moon, Elizabeth Smith, Douglas Steinmetz, and Patricia Weitzman

June 27, 2013

Risky Business: Defusing M&A Landmines

Seminar Materials

Charles Bacall, Thomas Bean, Douglas Currier, and Dennis White

April 9, 2013

Maine Employers and the Take Your Gun to Work Law

Alerts and Newsletters

March 1, 2013

Whistleblower Complaints under the Affordable Care Act

Alerts and Newsletters

January 30, 2013

2013 Annual Employment Law Update

Seminar Materials

April 11, 2012

Examining Some of the Most Challenging Issues for Employers

Seminar Materials

Douglas Currier

January 26, 2012

Close the Door - Talking to Employees About Performance Problems

Seminar Materials

Douglas Currier and Robert Brooks

January 26, 2012

2011: The Year in Review

Seminar Materials

Douglas Currier

January 27, 2010

IRS to Examine Worker Classification and Related Compensation and Benefits Compliance Issues

Alerts and Newsletters

June 9, 2009

HRASM Newsletter Articles by Doug Currier

Published Works

Douglas Currier

February 18, 2009

Labor & Employment Alert: Presidential Executive Order Revokes Bush Era Ban On Project Labor Agreements For Federal Construction Projects

Alerts and Newsletters

He Is Not An Employee, He Just Works For Us”

Published Works

Douglas Currier

I Told My Supervisor, But He Just Laughed At Me!

Published Works

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What Makes Me Think The Economy Is Not So Strong?

Published Works

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“But He Was Practically Absent Every Other Day!”

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“But We Do Not Even Have a Union”

Published Works

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“Call Me Sherlock Holmes”

Published Works

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“Grade Inflation Does Not Happen Only In Schools”

Published Works

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“His Expenses Were Not In Order”

Published Works

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“I Cannot Believe He Got Unemployment!”

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“I Hate My Employer”

Published Works

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“I Have a Migraine”

Published Works

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“I Hurt My Back”

Published Works

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“I Need Friday Off”

Published Works

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“Is This Even Worth the Paper it is Written On?”

Published Works

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“Should We Call The Police?”

Published Works

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“Should We Encourage On-Line Social Networking?”

Published Works

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“What is the Big Deal?”

Published Works

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“Why Do I Have to Worry About A ‘Litigation Hold’ When We Haven’t Been Sued?”

Published Works

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But I Did Not Even Know He Had a Disability

Published Works

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Department Of Homeland Security Releases Final Rule Implementing REAL ID Act

Published Works

Douglas Currier, Anna R. Welch, Esq.

Effective Communication?

Published Works

Douglas Currier

Get it in Writing?

Published Works

Douglas Currier

Legal Update: Times May Be A-Changin

Published Works

Douglas Currier and Elizabeth Smith

Managing Difficult Employees

Published Works

Douglas Currier

Respecting the Interactive Process

Published Works

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The 411 On Recent Changes at the Workers’ Compensation Board

Published Works

Douglas Currier and Elizabeth Smith

To Speak or Not to Speak: “Employment Reference Immunity?”

Published Works

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Trying to Understand the ADA

Published Works

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What Is On The Horizon?

Published Works

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Areas of Practice (6)

  • Labor & Employment
  • Immigration & Global Migration
  • Higher Education
  • Hospitality
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Health Care Industry Group

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4450  Phone
(207) 253-4451  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/dcurrier
University Attended:
Middlebury College, B.A., cum laude, 1982
Law School Attended:
Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1985
Year of First admission:
1985
Admission:
1985, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine; 1985, Maine
Memberships:

Memberships

Maine State Bar Association: Business Law and Labor Law Section
National Association of College and University Attorneys

ISLN:
908069048

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