Robert C. Brooks

Robert C. Brooks: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP (129 Attorneys)
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • Rob provides advice and representation to management on all aspects of the employment relationship. He works with clients engaged in healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, utilities and other industries throughout the country. Rob has successfully handled matters related to union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, unfair labor practice charges, strikes and arbitration. Rob also routinely handles claims for wrongful discharge, discrimination, unpaid wages, breach of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and other disputes before judges, juries and administrative agencies, and has successfully represented clients at all levels of the state and federal court systems.
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Biography

Robert C. Brooks provides advice and representation to management on all aspects of the employment relationship. He works with clients engaged in construction, health care, manufacturing, transportation, utilities and other industries throughout the country. Rob has successfully handled matters related to union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, unfair labor practice charges, strikes and arbitration. Rob has a particular focus on negotiating project labor agreements for large-scale construction projects. Rob has also advised public and private entities concerning the lawful use of project labor agreements in the context of a state’s competitive bidding laws. Rob also routinely handles claims for wrongful discharge, discrimination, unpaid wages, breach of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and other disputes before judges, juries and administrative agencies, and has successfully represented clients at all levels of the state and federal court systems. Rob also regularly provides advice and assistance to clients on proper termination procedures, Family Medical Leave Act issues, labor relations, disability issues, stock option and employee benefit disputes, and other matters.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

•Provided management counseling and litigation representation to employers throughout the country.
•Drafted and negotiated project labor agreements for construction projects throughout the country. Sample projects include pipelines, bridges, tunnels, highways, manufacturing facilities, marine terminals, water treatment facilities, nuclear waste treatment facilities, and environmental remediation sites.
•Successfully represented employers before state administrative boards, EEOC and courts on issues involving sex discrimination, race, disability and age-related cases.
•Successfully represented employers before the National Labor Relations Board on issues related to unfair labor practices, collective bargaining issues and organizing campaigns.
•Frequent lecturer on issues of labor and employment law.

Honors

Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business under
Labor & Employment
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Portland, Maine Litigation - Labor
and Employment Lawyer of the Year
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Labor Law - Management,
Litigation - Labor and Employment, Workers’ Compensation Law - Employers,
and Employment Law - Management
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under
Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation: Defense and Workers’
Compensation

Public Service

Chair, Harvard College Schools and Scholarships Committee for Southern Maine (1996-present)

Highlights

I am grateful for Rob’s ability to recognize what is necessary in the moment and change tactics to meet the client’s needs. He doesn’t allow ego to get in the way of what is necessary to get the job done.
Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.
EMPLOYMENT BLOG
“Taking Care of HR Business” provides news and legal updates for HR professionals.
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019.

Experience

Banking: Verrill Dana Helps Bank Respond to Discovery of Employee Loan Fraud
Confronted with an employee accused of loan fraud, a bank turns to Verrill Dana for advice on how to deal with the employee, notify law enforcement, and deal with media inquiries.
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.
Disability Discrimination Defense
Our attorneys represented a health care provider in a disability discrimination case based on Maine Human Rights Act, Rehabilitation Act and ADA Title III allegations of failure to provide American Sign Language interpreter in context of a medical office visit.
Fast Action Leads to Successful Closing
A fast-growing supply chain services and logistics company called on Verrill Dana’s experienced attorneys when they needed to act fast to acquire multiple US and Canadian companies that became available due to a partial divestiture by a publicly traded company.
Labor Arbitration/Contract Negotiation
Ongoing representation of client in labor arbitrations in State of New Jersey and Washington State and in contract negotiations with union in New Jersey.
Legacy Supply Chain Services: Acquisition of U.S. and Canadian Subsidiaries of Vitran, Inc.
Verrill Dana served as counsel to Legacy Supply Chain Services, the buyer/borrower, in its acquisition of certain U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries of Vitran, Inc. This deal was named the 2013 Retail Manufacturing/Distribution Sector Deal of the Year by M&A Advisor.
Oakhurst Dairy: The Natural Goodness of an Enduring Legacy
Oakhurst Dairy has been a family-owned business for three generations. When the Bennett family decided the sale of Oakhurst was best for the company’s growth and long term success, they sought Verrill Dana’s guidance to ensure the transaction honored their company, its employees and the values that have made Oakhurst a trusted brand since 1921.

News

February 2, 2017
Portfolio: Workshop Looks at Workplace Concerns Around Legalized Marijuana in Maine
Media Mentions
Tawny L. Alvarez, Robert C. Brooks, Richard G. Moon

October 3, 2014
Verrill Dana Announced as Finalist for the 13th Annual M&A Advisor Awards
Press Releases
Gregory S. Fryer, Mark K. Googins, Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, Charles P. Bacall, Robert C. Brooks, Anthony M. Calcagni, Elizabeth Murdock Myers, Spencer R. Thibodeau

March 10, 2014
Verrill Dana Announced as Winner of the 6th Annual International M&A Advisor Award
Press Releases
Mark K. Googins, James C. Palmer, Eric D. Altholz, Robert C. Brooks, Gregory S. Fryer, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Misti D. Munster, Christopher R. Smith

January 2, 2014
Verrill Dana Part of Deal Team Announced as Winner of 12th Annual M&A Advisor Award
Press Releases
Mark K. Googins, James C. Palmer, Eric D. Altholz, Robert C. Brooks, Gregory S. Fryer, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Misti D. Munster, Christopher R. Smith

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

August 20, 2012
Verrill Dana’s Beach to Beacon Team Hits the Road to Raise Money
Press Releases
Eric D. Altholz, Charles P. Bacall, Robert C. Brooks, Roger A. Clement, Jr., John P. Giffune, Kenneth F. Ginder, Jennifer L. Harrell, Nathaniel R. Hull, Gretchen A. Johnson, Lisa A. LaMarche, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Rachel M. Wertheimer

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 16, 2018
ACC-Westchester/Southern CT- Sexual Harassment at Work
Seminar Materials
Robert Brooks, Douglas Steinmetz, and Patricia Weitzman

February 8, 2018
2018 Annual Employment Law Update Materials
Seminar Materials
Tawny Alvarez, 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

May 24, 2017
AIA Issues Updated Construction and Design Contracts
Alerts and Newsletters
A. Ruesch

January 27, 2017
2017 Annual Employment Law Update Materials
Seminar Materials
Tawny Alvarez, 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, Robert Brooks, and Douglas Currier

June 23, 2016
Traditionally Behind the Scenes, Indirect Persuader Activities Go Public
Alerts and Newsletters
Robert Brooks

January 27, 2016
2016 Annual Employment Law Update Materials
Seminar Materials
Tawny Alvarez, Robert Brooks, Douglas Currier, Benjamin Ford, Richard Moon, Elizabeth Smith, Douglas Steinmetz, and Patricia Weitzman

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

July 26, 2012
Digging into Your Employees’ Background without Getting Dirty
Seminar Materials
Robert Brooks

January 26, 2012
Close the Door - Talking to Employees About Performance Problems
Seminar Materials
Douglas Currier and Robert Brooks

June 28, 2011
NLRB Proposes New “Quickie” Election Rules
Alerts and Newsletters
Robert Brooks

November 30, 2009
Construction Law Alert: New Laws Penalize Construction Firms For Misclassifying Workers As Independent Contractors
Alerts and Newsletters

February 18, 2009
Labor & Employment Alert: Presidential Executive Order Revokes Bush Era Ban On Project Labor Agreements For Federal Construction Projects
Alerts and Newsletters

Events

April 27, 2018
New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show
Speaking Engagements
Robert C. Brooks

April 5, 2018
Maine State Bar Association: 17th Annual Employment Law Update
Speaking Engagements
Robert C. Brooks

January 25, 2018
2018 Annual Employment Law Update
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, 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, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier

January 26, 2017
2017 Annual Employment Law Update
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, 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

October 26, 2016
WEBINAR - Strategies for Staying Union-Free: Current Landscape and Post-Election Preview
Hosted Events
Robert C. Brooks

January 27, 2016
2016 Annual Employment Law Update
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, 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

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

October 20, 2013
SEMINAR - Termination: The Hardest Call
Hosted Events
Robert C. Brooks

October 9, 2013
WEBINAR - Termination: The Hardest Call
Hosted Events
Robert C. Brooks

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

July, 26, 2012
SEMINAR - Digging into Your Employees’ Background without Getting Dirty
Hosted Events
Robert C. Brooks

July 26, 2012
WEBINAR - Digging into Your Employees’ Backgrounds without Getting Dirty
Hosted Events
Robert C. Brooks

January 26, 2012
2012 Annual Employment Law Update
Hosted Events
Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Richard G. Moon, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

October 14, 2011
Coming to a Workplace Near You: Five New Rules Every Non-Union (and Union) Employer Must Know
Speaking Engagements
Robert C. Brooks

April 28, 2011
New England Health Care Internal Auditors, Inc.: Spring Conference
Speaking Engagements
Robert C. Brooks

April 26, 2011
Maintaining a Non-Union Workplace
Speaking Engagements
Robert C. Brooks

May 19, 2010
Supervising the Next Generation of Workers
Speaking Engagements
Robert C. Brooks

May 7, 2010
Verrill Dana and Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker to Host Construction Roundtable in BOSTON
Hosted Events

May 7, 2010
Verrill Dana and Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker to Host Construction Roundtable in PORTLAND
Hosted Events

May, 2006
Effective Performance Evaluations
Speaking Engagements
Robert C. Brooks

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Labor & Employment
  • Construction
  • Franchise & Dealership

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4456  Phone
(207) 253-4457  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/rbrooks
University Attended:
Harvard University, A.B., 1987
Law School Attended:
University of Maine School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1991
Year of First admission:
1991
Admission:
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Maine; U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; 1991, Maine; 1991, Massachusetts
Memberships:

Memberships

Maine State Bar Association

ISLN:
901691291

Peer Reviews

  • 4.4/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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  • 100% (1 recommendation)
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  • Quality of Service

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  • Value for Money

    5.0/5.0
  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 07/23/12 in Labor and Employment.

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