Publications & Podcasts

Commentary: Portland City Charter Well-Designed, but it Can't Force Trust, Collaboration

August 10, 2017 Published Works

Verrill Dana attorney Jim Cohen co-authored an Op-Ed article published in the August 10 edition of the Portland Press Herald entitled, "Commentary: Portland City Charter Well-Designed, but it Can't Force Trust, Collaboration." In the article, Jim and co-author Pam Plumb argue that Portland benefits from having both an elected mayor and a city manager, and that the main issue with the city's leadership is its inability to work collaboratively. As a former mayor of Portland, Jim is often called on to comment on current issues impacting the city.

Read "Commentary: Portland City Charter Well-Designed, but it Can't Force Trust, Collaboration" on PressHerald.com.

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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...

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38 Verrill Attorneys, Across Four Offices, Recognized in 2020 Chambers & Partners Guide

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

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2017 Emera Distribution Rate Case

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Verrill’s Jim Cohen to Moderate Portland Chamber’s “Eggs & Issues” Discussion with Key State Officials regarding COVID-19

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

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Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...

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

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