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

Matter

Pipeline Refund

Verrill represented MetroMedia, a natural gas marketer, in appealing an adverse ruling of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. We argued the case asserting that the pipeline refund...

Blog

COVID-19 Alert: Massachusetts Closes “Non-essential” Businesses; Utility Services to Continue

The response to COVID-19 by states across the U.S. has continued to evolve rapidly. In Massachusetts, due to growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus, Governor Charlie Baker issued a “ shelter in place&rdquo...

Blog

Recent Maine Legislation Triggers Amendment to PUC Consumer Protection Rules

Last year, the Maine Legislature enacted three bills requiring amendments to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Rules in Ch. 815: Consumer Protection Standards for Electric and Gas Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Utilities . Last...

Blog

COVID-19 Alert: State of Maine and City of Portland Issue Orders to Close Non-essential Businesses; Utility Services to Continue

On Tuesday March 24, 2020, both the City of Portland and the State of Maine issued comprehensive new limitations on business establishments in order to further limit the spread of the coronavirus. Both actions...

Blog

Maine PUC Issues Distributed Solar Procurement Announcement

The Maine PUC, in partnership with its consultant Enel X, has issued a procurement announcement for the first block of distributed generation under Maine’s distributed generation law passed last summer . The procurement is...

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

Stranded Cost Rate Reconciliation

We represented Emera in multiple stranded cost reconciliation cases in which stranded cost revenues and expenses are reconciled annually with forecasted revenues and expenses.

Matter

Defending Arbitration Award

Verrill represented Woodland Pulp before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in successfully defending an arbitration award after a lengthy, contentious arbitration proceeding resolving a dispute between Woodland Pulp and a tenant over shared use...

Blog

Maine’s COVID-19 Response Impacts Utility Services and Other Business Activities

Like many states, Maine is quickly imposing a wide range of measures designed to protect the public in response to the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. Almost daily, Maine Governor Janet Mills and other...

Matter

Rate Surcharge

Verrill represented a Maine utility in the negotiation of a temporary rate surcharge applicable to former ratepayers of an electric co-operative. The surcharge was designed to recover the incremental costs of the utility acquiring...