Daniel J. Rose


Daniel J. Rose


Phone: 207.253.0537 Fax: 207.772.3627 Email: drose@dwmlaw.com

84 Marginal Way, Suite 600 Portland, ME 04101-2480

Assistant: Shiloh Donnell Email: sdonnell@dwmlaw.com


Dan Rose is the Co-Leader of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. He represents private and public entities and Tribal Nations in all manner of employment and labor matters on a national level, and serves as a mediator and arbitrator on employment matters. His practice is centered on counseling employers on difficult personnel issues and problem-solving intractable employment and organizational matters. Dan trains and presents on employment topics nationally and provides seminars for individual clients.

Dan has consistently been recognized by national and regional publications which rate labor and employment lawyers including Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and New England Super Lawyers. He is an elected Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, the highest recognition by colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the field of labor and employment law.

Dan also advises school districts and other public entities throughout the State of Maine and New Hampshire on a full range of legal matters. He is a co-author of Maine School Law (6th ed. 2018) and Significant Cases in Maine School Law (3rd ed. 2013), and has served as an instructor for school law courses offered by the University of New England and the University of Southern Maine.

In his free time Dan loves being in the woods, using his tractor, tending to his sheep, and playing music.


Boston College Law School, J.D., 1989

Hamilton College, B.A., 1984


Labor Law – Management, Lawyer of the Year, Portland, ME (Awarded by Best Lawyers) 2021, 2018, 2016, 2012

Employment Law-Management, Lawyer of the Year, Portland, ME (Awarded by Best Lawyers) 2020

Education Law, Lawyer of the Year, Portland, ME (Awarded by Best Lawyers) 2022

New England Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, Schools & Education 2007-2021

Best Lawyers USA, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Education Law

Chambers USA, Maine, Labor & Employment

Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent


Co-Author, Maine School Law, 6th Edition (2018)

Co-Author, Significant Cases in Maine School Law, 3rd Edition (2013)


Maine State Bar Association

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Maine Council of School Board Attorneys

Maine State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section

American Bar Association Employer-Employee Relations Committee

American Bar Foundation

Community/Public Service

State of Maine Civil Service Review Panel
Former Member

Past Presentations

From September 26, 2022 9:00 am

2022 NNAHRA 26th Annual Conference (San Antonio) September 26-28th

From September 7, 2022 12:00 pm

Unpacking Today’s Complicated Leave Issues ME

From June 25, 2021 9:00 am

School Boards: Leadership in Difficult Times

This conference will review basic legal principles that apply to school board action. Dan, Elek and Michael will then focus closely on school board leadership during difficult times, particularly as they relate to very public employment disputes, Facebook controversies that impact the board, and public concerns that overtake regular business.

From June 1, 2021 12:00 pm

The Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Virtual Summit

From March 23, 2021 12:00 pm

Tribal Human Resource Professional (THRP) Virtual Certification

From March 10, 2021 12:00 pm

Vaccines, Quarantines, and Compliance: Being an Employer in the Spring of 2021 – Maine

From February 2, 2021 12:00 pm

Tribal Human Resource Professional (THRP) Virtual Certification

From December 9, 2020 12:00 pm

2020 HR Year in Review and a Look Ahead at 2021

From October 30, 2020 8:30 am

47th Annual Maine School Management Association Conference

From September 9, 2020 12:00 pm

All Hands on Deck: Dealing with Employment Issues in a Pandemic

From June 10, 2020 8:30 am

HR in the Time of COVID-19

From May 12, 2020 12:00 pm

2020 Maine HR Convention, Legal Year in Review

From March 25, 2020 12:00 pm

Covid-19 Employment Law Update and Guidance for Employers

From March 11, 2020 9:00 am

Assessing and Resolving Workplace Conflict and Allegations

From December 4, 2019 12:00 pm

Significant Cases and Highlights From 2019

From October 4, 2019 12:00 pm

Maine School Business Officials 6th Annual Law Seminar

From September 11, 2019 12:00 pm

The Levee Breaks: New Laws Flood Employers

From June 20, 2019 12:00 pm

School Boards in Crisis!!

From June 10, 2019 9:00 am

Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit

From June 5, 2019 8:00 am

Hiring the Best Seamlessly and Without Incident: Attracting the Right Applicants, Interviewing, Onboarding, and I-9s

From May 7, 2019 12:00 am

2019 Maine HR Convention, 2019 Employment Law Year-in-Review The Latest from Maine and Washington

From March 20, 2019 8:00 am

Dealing with Reasonable Accommodation: What to do when an Employee Needs or Requests an Accommodation

From March 18, 2019 9:00 am

The Tribal Human Resources Professionals Certification (THRP) Summit

From December 5, 2018 8:00 am

Looking Back at 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

From September 12, 2018 12:00 pm

Workplace Investigations: Handling Employee Complaints

From June 28, 2018 9:00 am

School Law for Board Members

From June 6, 2018 8:00 am

Violence in the Workplace: Handling Threats, Identifying Risks, and Recommended Policies

From April 26, 2018 9:00 am

Defining the Limits: Schools, Students, Staff, and the First Amendment

From March 14, 2018 12:00 pm

Employer Rights when Employees Speak Out: How to Handle Employee Speech and Association Issues Inside and Outside the Workplace

From September 6, 2017 12:00 pm

Three Laws Employers Frequently Violate Without Knowing It

From August 21, 2017 8:00 am

The Tribal Human Resources Professionals Certification (THRP) Summit

From July 18, 2017 12:00 pm

2017 Maine School Law Summer Institute

From May 31, 2017 12:00 pm

Dealing with Disabilities in the Workplace

From May 10, 2017 12:00 pm

Getting Pay Right: Compliance and Fairness

From July 26, 2016 12:00 pm

2016 Maine School Law Summer Institute