Martha C. Gaythwaite

Martha C. Gaythwaite: 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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  • Martha is an accomplished trial attorney committed to success on behalf of her clients. An ardent supporter of the civil jury system, Martha has spent the bulk of her professional career representing clients before juries. At last count, Martha had tried more than 150 civil jury trial cases to verdict. Over the years, Martha has handled a wide variety of complex products liability cases arising from aviation, agricultural and workplace accidents, as well as cases involving medical devices.

    In addition to handling jury trials, Martha has decades of experience handling non-jury and administrative matters. Although the focus of her trial work has involved catastrophic personal injury claims, Martha has developed a dedicated interest in environmental law, which started when she worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before becoming a lawyer.

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Biography

Martha is the Chair of Verrill Dana’s Litigation and Trial Group. An accomplished trial attorney committed to success on behalf of her clients, Martha is an ardent supporter of the civil jury system. Martha has spent the bulk of her professional career representing clients before juries. At last count, Martha had tried more than 150 civil jury trial cases to verdict. Over the years, Martha has handled a wide variety of complex commercial matters throughout the country including products liability cases arising from aviation, agricultural and workplace accidents, and medical devices.

In addition to handling jury trials, Martha has decades of experience handling non-jury and administrative matters. Although the focus of her trial work has involved catastrophic personal injury claims, Martha has developed a dedicated interest in environmental law, which started when she worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before becoming a lawyer.

Clerkships

•Hon. George Carr, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
•Hon. Thomas G. Wilson, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
•Hon. James Nixon, Massachusetts Superior Court

Honors

fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2018 Portland, Maine Product
Liability Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Commercial Litigation,
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Litigation - Health Care,
Litigation - Insurance, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Defendants,
and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
under Litigation: General Commercial
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under
Personal Injury - Products: Defense, Professional Liability: Defense
Personal Injury - General: Defense
Named as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark
Litigation
in 2014
Named a Local Litigation Star for Aviation, Environmental, Mass
Tort/Product Liability and Shipping & Maritime by Benchmark Litigation

Public Service

Grievance Commission Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, (2007 - 2009;
Panel Chair 2009 - 2012)
Lawyer's Fund for Client Protection, Trustee and Secretary, (2009 - 2015;
2017 - Present)
Fee Arbitration Commission, Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, Panel C,
Chair (2001 - 2004)
Fee Arbitration Panel, Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, Panel C, Member
(1998 - 2001)
My Place Teen Center, Board Member (2014 - Present)
BSA Troop 817, Treasurer and Advancement Committee Member

Highlights

She has a reputation for being able to manage cases at a very sophisticated level. She's extremely well prepared and has great judgment.

ENVIRONMENTAL BLOG
Analysis and discussion of legal issues pertaining to the environment and natural resources.

Admitted to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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

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

Listed as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation.

Local Litigation Star in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation.

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018.

Events

April 8-10, 2015

Products Liability Advisory Council Spring Conference 2015

Speaking Engagements

Martha C. Gaythwaite

News

February 26, 2018

Verrill Dana Attorneys “Recommended” for Litigation; Two Listed among Nation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation

Press Releases

Scott D. Anderson, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Frank J. Silvestri, Jr., Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

December 5, 2016

Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized in 2017 Benchmark Litigation

Press Releases

Scott D. Anderson, Martha C. Gaythwaite, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

February 26, 2016

Benchmark Litigation Names Verrill Dana State Firm of the Year - Maine

Press Releases

Martha C. Gaythwaite, Timothy R. Shannon, Karen Frink Wolf

November 18, 2015

Nine Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Benchmark Litigation

Press Releases

Scott D. Anderson, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, James G. Goggin, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Frank J. Silvestri, Jr., Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

July 30, 2015

How to Survive Litigation on the Fast Track

Media Mentions

Martha C. Gaythwaite

July 25, 2015

Martha Gaythwaite and Karen Wolf Among Top 250 Women in Litigation

Press Releases

Martha C. Gaythwaite, Karen Frink Wolf

January 3, 2015

Judge Dismisses Biddeford from Lawsuit Over Man Killed by Downeaster Train

Media Mentions

Martha C. Gaythwaite

November 4, 2014

Verrill Dana is Most Highly Recognized Firm in Maine in 2015 Benchmark Litigation

Press Releases

Scott D. Anderson, Charles P. Bacall, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, James G. Goggin, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

July 10, 2014

Verrill Dana’s Environmental Group Launches New Blog

Press Releases

Scott D. Anderson, Juliet T. Browne, Harlan M. Doliner, Martha C. Gaythwaite, Keith E. Glidden, Gordon R. Smith, Mathew J. Todaro, Calvin K. Woo

Publications

March 5, 2015

A Practical Guide to Superior Court Practice in Maine

Published Works

Martha Gaythwaite

(1988 - Present)

Clerkships

Hon. George Carr, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Hon. Thomas G. Wilson, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Hon. James Nixon, Massachusetts Superior Court

Honors

Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business underLitigation: General Commercial Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers? under Personal Injury Defense: Products, Personal Injury Defense: General and Environmental Litigation
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Areas of Practice (8)

  • Litigation & Trial
  • Environmental & Land Use
  • Franchise & Dealership
  • Product Liability
  • Maritime
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Business & Commercial Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4650  Phone
(207) 253-4651  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/mgaythwaite
University Attended:
University of Massachusetts, B.A., cum laude, 1975
Law School Attended:
Suffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1980
Year of First admission:
1980
Admission:
1983, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; 1983, Maine; 1981, Massachusetts; 1983, Florida; 1983, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; 1991, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Memberships:

Memberships

Defense Research Institute
Products Liability Advisory Council (PLAC)
Maine State Bar Association
Maine Trial Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocates

ISLN:
907164379

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  • 5.0/5.0
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