Jonathan M. Dunitz - Verrill Dana LLP

Jonathan M. Dunitz

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2015

Overview of practice and “all that jazz”

Jonathan’s law practice is composed of insurance coverage and litigation, commercial litigation, complex family law, and appeals. His multi-faceted practice and his creative, analytical approach to complex legal issues are a natural extension of his training as a classical and jazz musician and as a photographer. This background enables him to work intuitively with simultaneously moving and sometimes dissonant parts. Whether the circumstances require application of tried and true methods or on the spot improvisation, he always looks for the best light for our clients.

Insurance Coverage

Jonathan’s insurance coverage and litigation practice includes all facets of insurance coverage and bad faith matters. In almost 20 years of first and third party insurance coverage work, Jonathan has analyzed and litigated a broad spectrum of policy types, provisions and claims. From the smallest first party property claim to complex, third-party coverage litigation involving 60 underlying lawsuits Jonathan has breadth and depth of experience in this area.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Jonathan's experience in complex commercial litigation includes representation of clients in a wide array of matters including breach of purchase and sale agreements, complex licensing agreements, trade secrets, interference with contract, palming off, breach of fiduciary duty and business valuation and profits. Among Jonathan's strengths in this area is his ability to analyze complicated financial damages calculations and business valuation. He is co-editor of the third edition of The Comprehensive Guide to Lost Profits and Other Commercial Damages, published by Business Valuation Resources.

Family Law

Although not an obvious relationship, Jonathan’s experience in complex commercial litigation was the background that led him to practicing family law. His understanding of business valuation and related commercial issues is a natural fit for family law cases involving closely held companies or significant marital and non-marital assets. In addition, Jonathan is dedicated to pro bono family law work for people of limited means. He has been a recipient of Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program honors, which recognizes Maine attorneys who have devoted 50 or more hours of pro bono work, in each of the three years of its existence.

Daubert Issues

Jonathan's commercial litigation and complex financial damages practice dovetails with his extensive Daubert experience where he acts as an advocate for our clients and as a consultant for those with difficult Daubert issues. He is a frequent author and panelist about Daubert and the exclusion - or avoidance of exclusion - of experts, particularly financial damages experts.


Jonathan has argued appeals before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and the United States’ First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Up Close and Personal

Jonathan resides in South Portland, Maine, with his retired greyhound, Jasper. His photography is regularly exhibited in both solo and group shows in Maine and New York; in 2009 he was one of twelve New England photographers selected to present their work at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. Jonathan volunteers with the Maine Greyhound Placement Service as a photographer of its newly retired greyhounds. Jonathan also played trumpet in various ensembles in and around Maine until retiring from that avocation in 2007. Jonathan is an Eagle Scout.

Ithaca CollegeBA 1988Syracuse UniversityJ.D. 1993
American Bar AssociationDefense Research Institute; Excess, Umbrella & Surplus Insurance Substantive Law SubcommitteeMaine State Bar AssociationCumberland County Bar Association

Office Location

One Portland Square
P.O. Box 586
Portland, ME 04112-0586
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Insurance