Biography

Brian excels at providing clear and simple solutions to complex problems. Brian represents clients before the Maine PUC, Massachusetts DPU, FERC and other local and state agencies in Maine and throughout New England.

In addition to his regulatory practice, Brian has significant appellate experience and has drafted briefs for clients before the Maine Supreme Court, Massachusetts Supreme Court, U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before joining Verrill, Brian served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Maine Superior Court in Portland. While clerking, he co-authored a chapter in “A Practical Guide to Evidence in Maine.”

Brian is an author of the second edition of Verrill's “Maine Regulation of Public Utilities” and a regular contributor to Verrill’s energy blog: Energy Law Update.

Services / Industries

Education

  • Vermont Law School  (J.D., summa cum laude)
  • Franklin & Marshall College  (B.A.)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Honors

  • The Kenneth R. Clegg Award for Excellence

Clerkship

  • Maine Superior Court
  • Office of Administrative Hearings, Washington, D.C.

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court

Firm Highlights

Blog

Maine to Participate in Discussions on Amending Federal Regulations to Boost Offshore Wind

April 9, 2019 – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the Trump Administration’s plans to propose “a series of regulatory changes later this year to boost offshore wind develop off the Atlantic and...

Blog

Dynamic Pricing Triggers EV Owners’ Load Shift to Early Morning Hours

Supplying electricity during peak demand, the period of highest customer demand for electricity (typically around 4 – 7 p.m.), increases the costs of supply – both for transmission and distribution utilities and customers. Dynamic...

Blog

Maine Public Utilities Commission Approves Weaver Wind Power Contract

On July 12, 2019, the Maine Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved a long-term contract for the purchase of power from Weaver Wind, a 72.6 MW wind power project in Hancock County Maine. The expected...

Blog

The Latest: Governor Reported to Hire Burgess as Maine’s Energy Director

Reports  are circulating that Governor Mills may have selected Dan Burgess as the Director of the Governor’s Energy Office. Burgess is a native of Newport and University of Maine alum. Burgess has been at...

Event

7th Annual Maine Natural Gas Conference

Blog

Beneficial Electrification, A Potential Win-Win for T&D Utilities, Regulators, and Environmentalists

According to a Boston Consulting Group report released last week, transmission and distribution (T&D) utilities stand to gain significant value from aggressive investment in grid capacity that facilitates the transition to an electrified transportation...

Publication/Podcast

Governor Mills Lifts Wind Power Moratorium

On Thursday, Governor Mills issued an   Executive Order  lifting a moratorium on new wind energy permits. Former Governor Paul LePage issued the moratorium in January 2018 and created a Maine Wind Energy Advisory...

Publication/Podcast

U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Review Zero Emissions Credit Schemes

In two related cases, Petitioners are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down state generator subsidies that Petitioners argue distort competitive wholesale power markets that are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal...

Blog

Recent Maine Legislation Bolster Solar, Distributed Generation

Blog

Governor Mills Nominates Former Chair of Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee to Lead Maine PUC

On behalf of Verrill Dana’s Energy & Utilities Practice Group, I’m pleased to inform you that Governor Mills has nominated Phil Bartlett to serve as Chair of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. More information...