Sara E. Hirshon

Sara E. Hirshon: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • Sara Hirshon assists clients and applies her keen attention to detail and strong organization skills to efficiently managing all aspects of litigation and trial preparation in both state and federal courts including, Superior Court, Probate and Family Court, and Federal District Court. She has handled complex matters on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, closely held private companies, not-for-profit corporations, government agencies, families and individuals. Sara has broad experience in complex business disputes, intellectual property litigation, franchise and dealer litigation, and probate litigation. Her pre-trial experience includes the drafting of pleadings, taking and defending depositions, scheduling and conducting discovery, and the preparation of expert witnesses.

    Prior to joining Verrill Dana, Sara was a commercial litigation associate at some of Boston and Philadelphia’s best-known law firms.
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Sara Hirshon assists clients to effectively manage disputes, whether through litigation, arbitration, or mediation. She has worked on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, closely held private companies, not-for-profit corporations, government agencies, families and individuals. Sara works with her clients to understand their business and their goals to guide them in developing a practical and efficient plan.

Sara has experience helping clients protect their brand through management and enforcement of their intellectual property rights. An experienced litigator, Sara has litigated claims for copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement in federal courts in New York, Massachusetts and Maine across a variety of industries, including fashion and design, hospitality, and nutritional supplements. Her experience extends to all facets of the litigation process, from preliminary motion practice to discovery to witness examination to post-trial briefing.

Sara also assists client in protecting their brands outside of litigation. Sara assists clients in managing and protecting their brand across a variety of industries. Her experience spans the entire lifecycle of brand creation and management. This includes analyzing the suitability of registration as well as assessing the risk posed by existing products and brands in the marketplace. Sara also assists clients with the registration process for copyrights, trademarks and trade dress, and helps clients manage intellectual property rights in existing brands or products. This includes monitoring for unauthorized use by others in the marketplace and facilitating the licensing of existing intellectual property.

Sara’s practice extends beyond the United States. She helps foreign clients in securing intellectual property rights within the United States as well as obtaining foreign protection for rights secured domestically.

In addition to her experience handling intellectual property disputes, Sara has broad experience in complex business disputes, franchise and dealer litigation, and probate litigation. She has helped clients successfully litigate disputes between franchisors and franchisees, shareholders in corporate disputes, a corporation in a legal malpractice action, as well as disputes between manufacturers and product distributors. No matter the nature of the dispute, Sara is a dedicated advocate for her clients who strives to ensure that disputes are resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Prior to joining Verrill Dana, Sara worked at some of Boston and Philadelphia’s best-known law firms.


Selected for Benchmark Litigation’s 2017 Under 40 Hot List

Public Service

Resources for Human Development, Human Rights Committee Member
The Guidance Center, Inc., Board of Visitors
Young Associates of The Guidance Center, Founding Member


Recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List


Franchisor Representation: Termination of Franchisee/Dealer
We represented a Maine-based manufacturer/distributor of automated retrieval systems who needed assistance defending its termination of a Minnesota-based dealer of its products. Calling on their extensive experience and knowledge of state franchise laws around the United States, and Maine Franchise Law in particular, our team of litigators was able to gain a favorable arbitration result by establishing that our client had no liability in terminating this dealer.
Inventor Representation
We settled a claim on behalf of an inventor against former attorneys for failure to secure patent right in the sale of the client’s biometric payment business to competitor.
Matter of Clerk-Magistrate Robert E. Powers
Tom Bean was appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court as Special Counsel to the Clerks’ Committee in a matter involving a Clerk-Magistrate whose conduct had been called into question.
Tom was assisted on this matter by Robert Langlois, Keith Glidden and Sara Hirshon.
Patent Infringement: Medical Device
We represent a German inventor against a large United States manufacturer of medical infusion devices.
Pro Bono Representation of Political Asylum Seeker
After learning of the plight of a refugee of the Somalian civil war through their involvement with the Immigrant’s Legal Assistance Program, Verrill Dana attorneys donated their time to assist her in obtaining political asylum in the United States.
Trademark Infringement: The Brunswick Inn
Verrill Dana helped The Brunswick Inn protect its trademark when a new hotel opened with a confusingly similar name.
Vantage Learning USA, LLC v. Edgenuity, Inc. - Online Educational Software Litigation
Verrill Dana defended Edgenuity, Inc., a client providing online educational technology in litigation brought by Vantage Learning USA, LLC, demanding nearly 900,000 in damages for breach of contract and related claims in addition to a copyright infringement claim. A cross-disciplinary team of Verrill Dana attorneys from multiple offices was able to win dismissal of the majority of plaintiff’s claims with prejudice.


August 1, 2017
Sara Hirshon Named to Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List
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January 14, 2016
Five Verrill Dana Attorneys Elected as Partners of the Firm
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Katie M. Gray, Kate Gallin Heffernan, Sara E. Hirshon, Andrew P. Rusczek

August 31, 2015
Conflicts Case Unites IP Firms
Media Mentions
Sara E. Hirshon

December 19, 2013
Jury Finds in Favor of the Brunswick Inn in Trademark Claim
Press Releases
James G. Goggin, Sara E. Hirshon, Seth S. Coburn

March 18, 2011
Verrill Dana, LLP Welcomes Sara Hirshon
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Sara E. Hirshon


April 12, 2018
The Download - Preserving & Collecting Mobile Data for E-Discovery
Seminar Materials
Sara Hirshon and Jennifer Harrell

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

June 2015
Changing Roles - Terminating Employment of a Minority Shareholder in a Massachusetts Closely-Held Corporation
Published Works
Keith Glidden and Sara Hirshon

September 5, 2014
A Practical Guide to Discovery and Depositions in Maine
Published Works

November 3, 2011
Top 10 Signs that You Might be a Franchise
Seminar Materials
Sara Hirshon


April 12, 2018
WEBINAR - The Download: Preserving & Collecting Mobile Data for E-Discovery
Hosted Events
Sara E. Hirshon, Jennifer L. Harrell

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, 2011
Practical Discovery From A to Z
Speaking Engagements
Sara E. Hirshon

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Litigation & Trial
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Fashion & Design Law
  • Franchise & Dealership
  • Probate Litigation
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(617) 309-2614  Phone
(617) 309-2601  Fax
University Attended:
University of Michigan, B.A., Michigan Class Honors 1999
Law School Attended:
Boston University School of Law, J.D., 2002
Year of First admission:
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Court, District of Massachusetts; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 2005, Massachusetts; 2010, Maine; 2003, Pennsylvania


American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section:
Business Litigation Committee, Vice Chair (2013-Present);
Intellectual Property Committee, Vice Chair (2013-Present);
Standing Committee on Membership Member (2009-2011);
Task Force on Outreach to Law Students Member (2009-2011)
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division:
Commission on Women in the Profession (2010-2011);
Membership Committee Member (2009-2010)


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