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Tawny L. Alvarez

Tawny L. Alvarez

Partner

Verrill
Maine, U.S.A.

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Tawny centers her practice on the understanding that the employment landscape is ever-changing from medical 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. She has represented diverse clients in a broad range of industries from small family-owned businesses and non-profits to Fortune 500 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 defends clients in court and before administrative bodies throughout the Northeast with relation to their employment issues including:

- Whistleblowing;
- Harassment;
- Discrimination;
- Unemployment Compensation
- Retaliation;
- Wage and hour;
- Employment agreements, including breach of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements;
- Drug testing;
- FMLA, ADA, FLSA, OSHA, USERRA, GINA, and ADEA;
- 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 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, experiencing Portland's myriad of dining and cultural options, travelling, and spending time playing with her daughter.

Bar Admissions

New Hampshire, 2008
Massachusetts, 2009
Iowa, 2010
Maine, 2013
Vermont, 2017

Education

Pace University School of Law (J.D., 2008), magna cum laude
Thomas College (B.S., 2005), summa cum laude
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Seminars

National Business Institute: Advanced Employment Law - July 30, 2013
Managing Frustrating FMLA Leave Issues - June 26, 2013
Plugging the Brain Drain: Strategies to Manage Your Skilled Labor Force - April 24, 2013
2013 Annual Employment Law Update - January 30, 2013
Blogs

Banking Law Update
Verrill 

Welcome to the blog of Verrill Dana’s Banking & Financial Services Group. Our Group uses this space to post timely updates and commentary on developments in law affecting banks and financial institutions. We intend this blog to serve as a resource for financial institutions and others interested...

Benefits Law Update
Verrill 

Welcome to the Verrill Dana Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group blog. Members of the Group use this space to provide timely updates and commentary on developments in law affecting employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. We intend this blog to serve as a...

Lawyers on Tap
Verrill 

The attorneys of Verrill Dana’s Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries Group are here to help your business navigate the complex world of craft beverage production. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to tackle the legal issues and allow you and your company to focus on doing what it does best,...

Taking Care of HR Business
Verrill 

In the words of Bob Dylan: "the times they are a-changin." For anyone who deals with labor and employment issues in the workplace, Dylan's words are particularly true. Human resource professionals, supervisors, and company executives face a constantly changing and evolving legal landscape. ...

You Might Be a Winner
Verrill 

Promotion marketing law covers many different topics, such as sweepstakes, contests, games, giveaways and coupons. It also includes cause marketing, an area that has proliferated in recent years, which includes commercial co-ventures, flat donations and sponsorships designed to raise money for...

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