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Top 5 OSHA Mistakes Employers Make – Replay

Saturday, February 8, 2020

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Guest:

Mat Todaro, Partner
Verrill
mtodaro@verrill-law.com

Mat works closely with clients to solve complex regulatory matters. When necessary, he also defends clients facing inspections or enforcement proceedings from administrative agencies.
Mat’s experience and passion for his work have translated into a strong record of success in defending clients in enforcement proceedings specifically concerning federal regulatory matters.
Mat defends and negotiates on behalf of his clients under statutes such as the Clean Water Act, EPCRA, and FIFRA, and with a particular focus on Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act. He also represents clients in complex, multi-party CERCLA matters for sites listed on EPA’s National Priorities List.
Mat routinely advises clients facing an array of regulatory compliance challenges including the ever-changing landscape of chemical regulation, private and agency supervised environmental remediations, FEMA flood map appeals, and product labeling including California’s Proposition 65. Mat works closely with clients engaged in wastewater treatment and waste disposal to secure federal and state permits and to develop creative and innovative legal and policy solutions.
Mat also assists clients with OSHA compliance and defense, focusing on the development of comprehensive and effective Environment, Health and Safety, Hazard Communication, and Process Safety Management regulatory programs.
In all aspects of his work, while serving as outside counsel, Mat prides himself on becoming a dedicated and integrated member of his clients’ teams, much like a devoted inside counsel.
Mat’s experience includes clerkships with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and the Office of General Counsel within the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
During law school, he was awarded an honors certification in environmental law, selected as a Rappaport Fellow, and elected President of the Environmental Law Society. Prior to law school, Mat was the International Policy Director for one of the nation’s largest environmental policy networks, working directly with members of the U.S. State Department and Congress on the issue of climate change.

Services/Industries
• Environmental & Land Use
• Manufacturing
• Employment & Labor
• Energy
• Coastal & Shoreland
• Litigation & Trial

Following two years with Teach For America, for a “break,” Mat rode his bicycle across the country in 52 days—Seattle to Maine, to be exact.
In the rare moments when Mat is not at his desk or at a client’s facility, he and his wife spend every moment possible enjoying their two incredible children.

Education
• Boston College Law School (J.D.)
• The George Washington University (B.A., magna cum laude)

Bar Admissions
• Connecticut
• Maine
• Massachusetts

Memberships
• American Bar Association: Section on Environment, Energy and Resources – Select roles within section: – Co-chair: National Enforcement Conference, Washington, D.C. (fall 2019) – Planning Committee: Fall Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (fall 2020) – Leadership Development Program (2016)

Honors • Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business under Environment
• Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Environmental
• Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for pro bono efforts (2016)

Trusting Technology

Saturday, May 23, 2020 @ 10am

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Guest:

Graham Binks
Author
Trusting Technology

Every business is dependent on technology today.

Yet 95% of the population does not work in tech, and many struggle to master its use in business.

Trusting technology is a book about forming ideas, exploring opportunities with customers and colleagues, and building your future together.

Graham Binks helps leaders build a better business on technology.

In 30 years of tech leadership, he has worked in Europe, North America and Asia, with Nike, P&G, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Eurotunnel, Disney, GM and 250 other large, medium and small businesses. Graham’s work integrates business and technology strategy and drives successful implementation through CEO advisory and team coaching to help organizations dramatically improve their business with technology.

Graham grew up in the UK and lives in Toronto, Ontario with his family. He travels widely for both business and pleasure. He holds an MSc from the University of Manchester.

More information on Graham at www.grahambinks.com

You can reach his by email at graham@primeFusion.ca and at LinkedIn here.

Overcoming Intercultural Issues in the Workplace

Saturday, May 16, 2020

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Guest:

Liz Greason
Co-owner
Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants, LLC

A Mainer by birth, Liz is co-founder of Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants. She lived in the Middle East for many years, where she taught students from around the world at the American University in Dubai, with a focus on effective cross-cultural communication. Since returning to the United States, Liz has applied her knowledge of the Middle East and Islam, cultural competency, and intercultural communication to help Maine businesses, non-profits, municipalities, hospitals, and schools effectively recruit and retain a diverse workforce and serve populations diverse in terms of national origin, race, class, and age, among other differences. 

Liz has also served on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine (USM) and Portland Adult Education. In addition to being trained at the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon (USA) Liz holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College in Women and Gender Studies and Reed College, and a Certificate in Mediation from USM.

Don’t Forget General Obligations When Focusing on COVID-19

Saturday, May 9, 2020

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Guest:

Elizabeth Johnston, Associate
Verrill

Liz applies her passion for problem-solving and her strong background in legal research to assist clients in navigating the ever-changing employment law landscape.

A regular contributor to Verrill’s Taking Care of HR Business blog, Liz handles a variety of employment matters including working with businesses of all sizes to ensure that their policies are in compliance with the latest legal updates and are working effectively for the organization in practice. Liz also advocates for clients facing claims before state and federal courts, the Maine Human Rights Commission, and the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board.

During law school, Liz served as a Bernstein Fellow at the Maine District Court and a judicial extern to the Honorable Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. After law school, Liz clerked for the Honorable Andrew M. Mead of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, where she gained invaluable insight into the litigation process from a judicial perspective.

Liz lives in South Portland with her husband. When she’s not at the office, Liz enjoys experimenting with new recipes, running, and exploring Maine’s hiking trails and beaches.

Services/Industries

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law  (J.D.summa cum laude)
    • Technical Editor, Maine Law Review
    • Teaching Assistant, Legal Writing Department
    • Faculty Significant Achievement Award
    • Pro Bono Publico Award
  • University of Maine  (B.A.summa cum laude)
    • With Highest Honors

Public Service

  • Board of the Maine State Bar Association New Lawyers’ Section, Officer

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Clerkships

  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine