Tawny L. Alvarez

Tawny L. Alvarez: 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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  • One size does not fit all. Tawny recognizes that each company’s employment needs are different and consequently focuses her practice on providing creative, cost-effective, and individualized labor and employment counseling and representation. Her experience clerking for judges across the country has provided her with valuable insight on the ins and outs of litigation. She is the recipient of the 2012 Adolf Homburger Humanitarian Award.

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Biography

Your culture defines your business and Tawny prides herself on assisting clients comply with the law, while simultaneously creating an amazing place to work. Tawny centers her practice on the understanding that the employment landscape is ever-changing and that many organizations do not have the time or resources to keep abreast of all of these changes-from medical (and recreational) marijuana’s effect on drug testing, to the effect of social networking in the workplace and mobile devices’ effect on wage and hour issues. In this evolving landscape she recognizes that for companies to remain profitable and successful they must be proactive, as opposed to reactive, to these employment issues.

As many of these issues are swiftly evolving, Tawny prides herself on staying abreast of their development and crafting cost-effective solutions for adapting. She sensibly recognizes that one size representation does not fit all and focuses her practice on providing creative, cost-effective, and individualized labor and employment counseling and representation to clients while maintaining the culture that they have worked so hard to construct. She has represented diverse clients in a broad range of industries from small family-owned businesses and non-profits to Fortune 100 companies across the country. In each situation, she recognizes that each company’s culture and employment needs are distinct and crafts her practice to providing solutions that take these individualized needs and cultures into account.

Tawny frequently advises clients and defends them in court and before administrative bodies throughout the Northeast with relation to their employment issues including:

•Wage and hour;
•Whistleblowing;
•Harassment/Discrimination/Retaliation (FMLA, ADA, FLSA, OSHA, USERRA, GINA, and ADEA);
•Unemployment compensation;
•Employment agreements (including breach of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements);
•Drug testing;
•Supervisor liability; and
•Social media and technology in the workplace

Her experience working with judges across the country at the trial and appellate levels provides her with a unique level of insight as to the ins-and-outs of state and federal litigation. Outside the adversarial setting she counsels clients on best practices to minimize potential litigation with current and former employees including preparation of separation agreements and drafting and revising policy handbooks.

As the editor of Verrill Dana’s Labor & Employment Group’s Blog, Taking Care of HR Business, Tawny recognizes the effect that social media and technology can have on employers and the issues they may create in the workplace that weren’t prevalent in the recent past. She regularly presents to employers, human resources professionals, and peers on trending issues, best practices, and industry-specific concerns.

Tawny also co-chairs the Firm’s Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries practice group. Using the same mindset-that one size does not fit all-she enjoys helping small and large companies in the beverage community stay in compliance with state and federal regulations, while simultaneously maintaining a culture that works for the organization.

Tawny is the 2008 recipient of the Adolf Homburger Humanitarian Award and prides herself on giving back to the community. Outside the office, Tawny enjoys reading fiction, exploring art museums and the Maine coast, experiencing Portland’s myriad of drinking, dining and cultural options, travelling, and spending time playing with her daughter.

Clerkships

•Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
•Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
•Hon. Thad J. Collins, U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of Iowa
•Iowa Judicial Branch, District Court

Honors

Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
under Labor & Employment
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under
Employment & Labor
Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for Pro Bono efforts (2014, 2015, 2016,
2017)

Public Service

Board of Directors, Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)
Portland Museum of Art Contemporaries Steering Committee
United Way Greater Portland Brick and Beam Society - Membership &
Programming Committee

Highlights

[Tawny] was very well versed and was able to understand our company’s situation, and thus make some terrific suggestions.
EMPLOYMENT BLOG
“Taking Care of HR Business” provides news and legal updates for HR professionals.
Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.
Recognized as Katahdin Counsel in 2017.
Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

News

August 16, 2018
Attorney Tawny Alvarez Gives Insight on Risks of Being a Manager
Media Mentions
Tawny L. Alvarez

March 20, 2018
HR Thursdays: Creating Handbooks & Policies That Work
Media Mentions
Tawny L. Alvarez

January 23, 2018
Verrill Dana Elects Six New Partners
Press Releases
Tawny L. Alvarez, Emily Chi Fogler, Benjamin E. Ford, Nathaniel R. Hull, Misti D. Munster

January 6, 2018
WLOB: HR Power Hour- An Interview with Tawny Alvarez
Media Mentions
Tawny L. Alvarez

December 22, 2017
Newsradio WGAN: Morning News Podcast- An interview with Ben Ford and Tawny Alvarez on the 2018 Annual Employment Law Update
Media Mentions
Tawny L. Alvarez, Benjamin E. Ford

September 22, 2017
Working Wearables Are Becoming a Factor in the Workplace
Media Mentions
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September 18, 2017
Tawny Alvarez Quoted in FleetOwner.com Article on Medical Marijuana in the Workplace Tawny L. Alvarez

July 27, 2017
Lawyer Up: Check Out These Excellent Legal Brewing Podcasts from the Attorneys at Verrill Dana
Media Mentions
Tawny L. Alvarez, Charles P. Bacall, Douglas F. Britton, Debra R. Cardinali, James I. Cohen, Kelly A. Donahue, Jonathan M. Dunitz, James G. Goggin, William C. Knowles, Jay Nutting, Kevin J. O’Connell, Michael V. Saxl

July 18, 2017
Tips on Tap for Breweries on the Journey from Passion to Profit
Press Releases
Tawny L. Alvarez, Charles P. Bacall, Douglas F. Britton, Kelly A. Donahue, Jonathan M. Dunitz, Mark K. Googins, William C. Knowles

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

December 12, 2016
How Not To Be That Employee At Your Office Holiday Party
Media Mentions
Tawny L. Alvarez

November 25, 2016
Advisers Warn Businesses to Hold Fast Despite OT Rule Delay
Media Mentions
Tawny L. Alvarez

November 23, 2016
Federal Judge Puts Brakes on New OT Rules Slated to Take Effect Dec. 1
Media Mentions
Tawny L. Alvarez

November 8, 2016
Verrill Dana Attorneys Honored for Pro Bono Service
Press Releases
Tawny L. Alvarez, Heidi A. Bean, Seth S. Coburn, Jonathan M. Dunitz, James G. Goggin, Nora R. Healy, Rita S. Heimes, Christopher S. Lockman, Marie J. Mueller, Stephen B. Segal, Spencer R. Thibodeau, Mathew J. Todaro, John W. Van Lonkhuyzen

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

May 26, 2016
Final Overtime Regulations Less Drastic Than Feared
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Tawny L. Alvarez

May 25, 2016
Cocktail Conference in Portland Will Get Down to Business
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May 18, 2016
Attorneys React to DOL’s Final Overtime Exemption Rule
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Tawny L. Alvarez

January 28, 2016
Rogue Supervisor Ruling Won’t Shield Most Employers from OSHA Violations
Media Mentions
Tawny L. Alvarez

January 15, 2016
Employer Can Fire Medical Marijuana User over Positive Drug Test
Media Mentions
Tawny L. Alvarez

November 7, 2014
Verrill Dana Attorneys Honored for Pro Bono Service
Press Releases
Tawny L. Alvarez, Roger A. Clement, Jr., Seth S. Coburn, Michael J. Donlan, Jonathan M. Dunitz, Katie M. Gray, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

Publications

June 26, 2018
PODCAST - Discussions with the 2018 Mainebiz Business Leaders of the Year
Published Works
Tawny Alvarez, Mark Googins, and Gretchen Johnson

June 19, 2018
PODCAST - Thoughts from the 2018 Manufacturers Association of Maine Summit
Published Works

May 11, 2018
PODCAST - HR Law 101 Series
Published Works
Tawny Alvarez

March 15, 2018
PODCAST - The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act: 6 Things Employers Need to Know
Published Works
Tawny Alvarez

February 21, 2018
WEBINAR MATERIALS- What Happens Outside of Work, Stays Outside of Work: Managing Non-Occupational Conditions and Injuries in the Workplace
Seminar Materials
Tawny Alvarez

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

September 22, 2017
PODCAST - What Can You Say?: The First Amendment in the Workplace
Published Works
Tawny Alvarez and Richard Moon

September 7, 2017
PODCAST - Employment Policies in the Trump Administration
Published Works
Tawny Alvarez and Richard Moon

September 1, 2017
Thinking (In and) Out of the Box
Published Works
Tawny Alvarez

August 22, 2017
PODCAST - The New Form I-9: A Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Common and Costly Mistakes
Published Works
Tawny Alvarez

August 18, 2017
PODCAST - Affinity Groups in the Workplace
Published Works
Tawny Alvarez and Jonathan Dunitz

May 31, 2017
PODCAST - Lawyers on Tap: Tap Tips on Financing
Published Works
Mark Googins and Tawny Alvarez

May 31, 2017
PODCAST - Lawyers on Tap: Tap Tips on Hiring/Employment Issues
Published Works
Tawny Alvarez and Jonathan Dunitz

May 31, 2017
PODCAST - Lawyers on Tap: Tap Tips on Leasing
Published Works
Douglas Britton and Tawny Alvarez

May 31, 2017
PODCAST - Lawyers on Tap: Tap Tips on Licensing
Published Works
William Knowles and Tawny Alvarez

May 31, 2017
PODCAST - Lawyers on Tap: Tap Tips on Litigation/Risk Management
Published Works
Jonathan Dunitz and Tawny Alvarez

May 31, 2017
PODCAST - Lawyers on Tap: Tap Tips on Litigation/Risk Management
Published Works
Jonathan Dunitz and Tawny Alvarez

May 31, 2017
PODCAST - Lawyers on Tap: Tap Tips on Trademark Protection
Published Works
Charles Bacall and Tawny Alvarez

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

April 27, 2017
PODCAST - ADA Title III Public Accomodations: New Accessibility Considerations for Businesses
Published Works
Tawny Alvarez and Gregory Fryer

February 1, 2017
EEOC’s 2017 - 2021 Initiatives Announced
Published Works
Tawny Alvarez

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

October 18, 2016
DOL’s FLSA Salary Increase Will Have Tremendous Effect on Retail and Hospital Industry This Holiday Season
Published Works
Tawny Alvarez

August 23, 2016
How the New Overtime Regulations Will Affect the Real Estate Industry
Published Works
Tawny Alvarez

August 3, 2016
How to Comply With Impending DOL Overtime Regulations in the Construction Industry
Alerts and Newsletters
Tawny Alvarez

July 19, 2016
How to Comply With Impending DOL Overtime Regulations
Published Works
Tawny Alvarez

June 16, 2016
Handouts and Slides from Wait, I’m the Boss!? Avoiding Employment Pitfalls in Small and Startup Businesses
Seminar Materials
Tawny Alvarez

May 25, 2016
Final FLSA Overtime Rule: Guidance for Non-Profits and Their Board
Alerts and Newsletters
Tawny Alvarez

April 2016
The Ever-Expanding Definition of Joint-Employment in the Retail and Hospitality Environment
Published Works
Tawny Alvarez

March 16, 2016
More Starch in the White Collar Exemption
Alerts and Newsletters
Tawny Alvarez

February 29, 2016
New Hampshire Supreme Court Finds Individual Liability in Employment Discrimination and Retaliation Claim
Alerts and Newsletters
Tawny Alvarez

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

January 19, 2016
Supreme Court to Review “Service Advisors” Entitlement to Overtime
Alerts and Newsletters
Tawny Alvarez

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

Events

November 7, 2018
Tawny Alvarez Speaking at NBI Human Resource Law Seminar
Speaking Engagements
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May 26, 2018
HR Power Hour: When Employees Speak Out
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

April 9, 2018
A Guy Walks Into A Bar...And Walks Out With A 750,000 Settlement
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez, Jonathan M. Dunitz

March 22, 2018
HR Thursdays: Creating Handbooks & Policies That Work
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

March 21, 2018
Institute for Family-Owned Business: The 411 - HR for Companies Without HR & Stories from Real Life
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

February 21, 2018
WEBINAR - What Happens Outside of Work, Stays Outside of Work: Managing Non-Occupational Conditions and Injuries in the Workplace
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez

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

December 6, 2017
Human Resources Law Boot Camp
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

October 25, 2017
Seminar: An Employer’s Roadmap to Navigate Family & Medical Leave
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier

June 8, 2017
Brewing Up a Small Business: Legal Issues Affecting Maine’s Craft Breweries
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

May 18, 2017
Terminating the Employment Relationship
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

April 27, 2017
CVB Annual Meeting Workshops - Hiring for Your Busy Season
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

March 22, 2017
Defensible Documentation and HR Concepts for Managers
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

March 2, 2017
Marijuana in the Workplace: When the Rules Go Up in Smoke
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

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

December 12, 2016
Marijuana Business Law in Maine
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

November 16, 2016
Holiday Party - The Morning After
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez

November 16, 2016
Human Resource Law from A to Z
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

November 1, 2016
Workplace Investigations: The Good, The Bad, The Why Would Ya?
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

August 18, 2016
Pay Equity and the Equal Pay Act
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

July 14, 2016
Maine Bankers Association Annual Banking Law Conference & Legislative Recap Seminar Tawny L. Alvarez

June 22, 2016
WEBINAR - Off the Cuff/On the Vine
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez

June 15, 2016
WEBINAR - Wait, I’m the Boss!?: Avoiding Employment Pitfalls in Small and Start-up Businesses
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez

July 13, 2016
Employment Law: Rights, Benefits, and Emerging Issues
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

June 6, 2016
So You Want to Open a Bar? Let’s Talk Logistics!
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez, Douglas F. Britton, Kelly A. Donahue

May 13, 2016
Maine HR Convention: Performance Management
Speaking Engagements
Douglas P. Currier, Tawny L. Alvarez

April 6, 2016
‘Tis the Season for Hiring
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

March 9, 2016
WEBINAR: Election 2016: Maintaining Workplace Culture in a Divisive Political Climate
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez

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

September 23, 2015
HR for Family Business: A Roadmap to Success & Hiring/Retaining Top Talent
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

September 19, 2015
Tawny Alvarez Appears on The Derek Volk Show
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

July 15, 2015
Employment Law: Beyond the Basics
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

March 19, 2015
SEMINAR - The (F)riday (M)onday (L)eave (A)ct vs. Legitimate FMLA Leave
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez

March 19, 2015
WEBINAR - The (F)riday (M)onday (L)eave (A)ct vs. Legitimate FMLA Leave
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez

November 19, 2014
Human Resource Law From Start to Finish
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

July 16, 2014
Comprehensive Employment Law Seminar
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

May 13, 2014
SEMINAR - Summer School: Seasonal Employment and the Millennials
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

May 13, 2014
WEBINAR - Summer School: Seasonal Employment and the Millennials
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

May 7, 2014
The ADA and FMLA on the Witness Stand
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez, Douglas P. Currier

April 8, 2014
Serving Up Employment Protection: Managing Employees in the Hospitality Industry
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

February 26, 2014
SEMINAR - Dollars and Sense: Dealing with Common Wage & Hour Issues
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez

February 26, 2014
WEBINAR - Dollars and Sense: Dealing with Common Wage & Hour Issues
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

December 18, 2013
Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

November 20, 2013
SEMINAR - How to 86 Employee Issues in the Food Service Industry
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

November 20, 2013
WEBINAR - How to 86 Employee Issues in the Food Service Industry
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

November 12, 2013
Fundamental Considerations When Hiring (or Firing) Your First Employee
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

October 1 - November 12
SEMINAR SERIES: Legal Perspective for Growing Businesses
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez, Seth S. Coburn

July 30, 2013
National Business Institute: Advanced Employment Law
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

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

April 24, 2013
SEMINAR - Plugging the Brain Drain: Strategies to Manage Your Skilled Labor Force
Hosted Events
Benjamin E. Ford, Tawny L. Alvarez

April 24, 2013
WEBINAR - Plugging the Brain Drain: Strategies to Manage Your Skilled Labor Force
Hosted Events
Benjamin E. Ford, 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
Human Resources Law Boot Camp
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Labor & Employment
  • Hospitality
  • Fashion & Design Law
  • Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Construction

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4522  Phone
(207) 253-4523  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/talvarez
University Attended:
Thomas College, B.S., summa cum laude, 2005
Law School Attended:
Pace University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2008
Year of First admission:
2008
Admission:
2008, New Hampshire; 2009, Massachusetts; 2010, Iowa; 2017, Vermont; 2013, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine; 2013, Maine; 2008, U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire; 2014, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; 2013, U.S. Bankruptcy Court - District of New Hampshire; 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
ISLN:
921928568
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