Robert C. Brooks

Robert C. Brooks: 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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  • 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 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 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 a wide range of employers, including Fortune 500 companies.
•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.
•Successfully argued cases before the Maine Supreme Court and the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals.
•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 2018.

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, 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

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

October 26, 2016

WEBINAR - Strategies for Staying Union-Free: Current Landscape and Post-Election Preview

Hosted Events

Robert C. Brooks, Joanna S. Bowers

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

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

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

Joanna Bowers, Robert Brooks, Douglas Steinmetz, and Patricia Weitzman

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

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, 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

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, Joanna Bowers, 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

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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Client Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (1 review)
  • 100% (1 recommendation)
  • Communication

    5.0/5.0
  • Responsiveness

    5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service

    5.0/5.0
  • 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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