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Verrill Alum Bill Harwood Sworn in as Public Advocate for State of Maine

On January 26, 2022, Maine Governor Janet Mills swore in Bill Harwood as Public Advocate for the State of Maine. Bill was unanimously confirmed by the Maine State Senate and the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology.

Prior to becoming Public Advocate, Bill Harwood worked as a senior attorney for the Governor’s Energy Office, and prior to that, Bill spent 42 years as a partner and counsel with Verrill Dana LLP. During his time with Verrill, Bill focused his practice in the area of utilities and energy law where he earned a reputation as one of Maine’s top utilities lawyers. Bill served as a mentor for many Verrill attorneys over the course of his career, and outside of the law, Bill devoted a substantial amount of his time and effort to helping indigent Mainers achieve access to justice.

In a press release issued by the State of Maine Governor’s Office, Governor Janet Mills stated, “When it comes to utilities in Maine, few people are more experienced or knowledgeable than Bill – and no one is better positioned than him to stand up for Maine people and hold our utilities accountable to them.”

Verrill wishes Bill well in his new role helping Maine people with their utilities services.