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 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 co-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
  • Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for pro bono efforts (2019)

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Clerkships

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

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court

Firm Highlights

Matter

Utilities and Arbitration Law: Affirmance of Arbitration Award to Paper Mill regarding Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity

Verrill successfully represented a large paper mill in an arbitration proceeding involving a dispute over the operation of our client’s private natural gas pipeline. Verrill received a favorable decision from the arbitrator, including recovery...

Publication/Podcast

7th Annual Maine Natural Gas Conference

On Thursday, October 3, 2019, Verrill and Pierce Atwood hosted our 7th Annual Maine Natural Gas Conference. Verrill attorney William Harwood and Pierce Atwood attorney John Gulliver led the day as our industry professionals...

Blog

Recent Maine Legislation Bolsters Solar, Distributed Generation

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

Beneficial Electrification and Natural Gas Bans in New Buildings, Affordable Sustainability

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 Commission...

Matter

Taxation and Constitutional Law: Amicus Brief to U.S. Supreme Court regarding Sales Taxation by States

Verrill represented the National Auctioneers Association as amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court case South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc . The case presented the issue of whether states could require out-of-state sellers to...

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

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 7th Annual Maine Natural Gas Conference