Tawny L. Alvarez

Tawny L. Alvarez: 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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  • 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 2016.

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

Events

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, 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

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, Joanna S. Bowers, 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

News

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

Tawny L. Alvarez

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, Joanna S. Bowers

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, Joanna S. Bowers

May 26, 2016

Final Overtime Regulations Less Drastic Than Feared

Media Mentions

Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers

May 25, 2016

Cocktail Conference in Portland Will Get Down to Business

Media Mentions

Tawny L. Alvarez

May 18, 2016

Attorneys React to DOL's Final Overtime Exemption Rule

Media Mentions

Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers

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

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, 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

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, 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

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 and Joanna Bowers

May 25, 2016

Final FLSA Overtime Rule: Guidance for Non-Profits and Their Board

Alerts and Newsletters

Tawny Alvarez

May 18, 2016

FINALIZED Overtime Rule: How does it impact you?

Alerts and Newsletters

Tawny Alvarez and Joanna Bowers

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, Joanna Bowers, 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

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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