• Laura Shortill joined Eaton Peabody’s trusts and estates practice group.
Shortill previously worked at the Law Offices of P. Todd Travis in Brunswick. She is a 2014 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, where she interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Federal Defender’s Office.
Eaton Peabody also hired litigation attorney Erica Johanson at its Portland office.
For the past few years, Johanson has served as a law clerk to Judge Nancy Torresen at the U.S. District Court, District of Maine. From 2006 to 2011, she was a litigation associate at the law firm of Monaghan Leahy LLP in Portland.
• Verrill Dana has hired Taylor Neff as an associate with the firm’s trial team. She will serve clients involved in complex business disputes and with matters in the appellate courts.
Prior to joining Verrill Dana, Neff practiced in the Boston office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
• Terry Seavey joined Norway Savings Bank as southern regional vice president.
Seavey brings more than 30 years of experience in management in both the banking and health care industries. Most recently, she worked for Peoples’ United and was responsible for managing five branch locations in the Portland north marketplace. She also served as financial services manager of the Yarmouth branch.
• Gorham Savings Bank recently hired Marie Morin as vice president, senior business officer for its newest location in Kennebunk.
Before joining Gorham Savings Bank, Morin was vice president, retail market manager, at Kennebunk Savings Bank. She has been in banking for 14 years and is a member of the Kennebunk Rotary Club.
• Will Hatt joined Skowhegan Savings Bank as senior vice president of commercial lending.
Hatt brings more than 20 years of commercial lending experience to the bank. Most recently, he was senior vice president and chief operations officer for Business Lending Solutions LLC. He was also the regional vice president of commercial lending for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.
• Bernstein Shur has named D. Sam Anderson as co-chair of the firm’s business restructuring and insolvency practice group.
Anderson, of Yarmouth, is a shareholder and his practice focuses on representing real estate holding companies in Chapter 11, including debtors in single-asset real estate cases and representing companies in the hospitality industry through reorganizations and asset sales.
• BerryDunn recently announced 25 promotions in its Portland, Bangor, Boston and Manchester, New Hampshire, locations.
Court Klein, Sandra Pappajohn, Seth Robertson, Rob Smalley and Dan Vogt were named senior managers.
Grant Ballantyne, Tyler Butler, Joe Byrne, Keith Damon, Brad Hanscom, Vienna Morrill and Jodi Reynolds were named managers.
Jamie Brennan, Nick Crosman, Melissa Gouin, Yoko McCarthy, Lisa McDonough, Jessica Morse, Kevin Penley, Mike St. Pierre, Jaclyn Wall and Neal Warren were named seniors.
BerryDunn’s IT department has promoted Cody DeCamillis to business analyst, Tyson O’Keefe to systems administrator I and Mike Schoenbaum to systems administrator II.
• The Portland-based accounting firm Dawson, Smith, Purvis & Bassett PA announced promostions.
Bill Souter of Old Orchard Beach was promoted to principal. Souter has more than 18 years of public accounting experience. His focus is on tax compliance, planning and consulting for privately owned corporations, partnerships and individuals.
Adam Johnson of Cape Elizabeth was promoted to principal. He joined the firm in 2004 and specializes in tax planning and compliance.
Kirk Purvis of Saco was named firm president. He joined the firm in 2001 and was promoted to principal in 2009.
AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
• Bernstein Shur attorney Kate Knox was honored as the 2014 Partner in Pride by the Maine Democratic Party.
Knox, of Portland, was recognized for her tireless advocacy for equality for all Mainers. She is a shareholder and a member of the firm’s legislative and political law practice group. Her practice focuses on lobbying, campaign compliance and election law.
• Denielle Christensen, marketing and e-media director at Diversified Communications, was recognized with the firm’s Governor’s Award.
Christensen has worked at Diversified for 15 years. She is currently the product leader for workboat.com and provideocoalition.com and oversees the marketing for large portfolio of publications, eMedia, trade shows and conferences serving a wide range of industries.
Five attorneys from Bernstein Shur presented a seminar to local governmental leaders and associated professionals on laws applicable to natural gas infrastructure for municipalities.
The Maine Municipal Association in Augusta hosted the following members of the firm’s Energy Law Practice Group and Municipal and Regulatory Practice Group: Chris Aslin, Trish French, N. Joel Moser, Shana Cook Mueller and Phil Saucier.