Biography

Brian excels at providing clear and simple solutions to complex problems. Brian represents clients before the Maine Public Utilities Commission, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and other local and state agencies in Maine and throughout New England. He has assisted clients in obtaining regulatory approvals for complex utility mergers and acquisitions, obtaining and opposing utility rate increases, and advocating in contested administrative investigations and hearings.

Brian represents both energy developer and energy consumer clients in negotiating energy contracts, including power purchase agreements, net energy billing credit agreements, and energy services agreements. Recently he has been involved in rulemaking proceedings to implement Maine’s net energy billing legislation (LD 1711) and has advised both utility and renewable energy company clients regarding regulatory compliance, the interconnection process, and ISO-New England procedures applicable to new distributed solar projects.

In addition to his energy and utility 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

Blog

Maine Energy Storage Commission Issues Report to Legislature

The Commission to Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of Energy Storage to the Maine Electricity Industry has issued its report to the Legislature. The Commission unanimously agreed on the benefits of energy...

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 Adopts Amended Net Energy Billing Rules, New Commercial NEB Tariff Rate

Recent legislation amending the net energy billing (NEB) rules to include a tariff rate program specifically for commercial customers and directing the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to procure distributed generation, has prompted a...

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...

Blog

First Circuit Acts on Appeal by South Portland Pipeline Company

On January 10, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit acted on the Portland Pipe Line Corporation’s (PPLC) appeal of the district court order upholding a South Portland zoning ordinance that...

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...

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...

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...

Blog

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

Electric Cars
Blog

Jim Cohen Addresses Maine Chamber Symposium About Risks of Public Power