Biography

A past Commissioner and General Counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable (DTC) who also has extensive experience in private practice at an AmLaw 100 firm, Geoff is uniquely qualified to help Verrill clients navigate all policy and regulatory concerns they may have in the area of telecommunications.

Geoff's depth of knowledge in matters of both state and federal regulation and the perspective he has gained from working as both a government official and an advocate in the field bring value to organizations all across the cable, broadband, wireline, and wireless industries. He counsels clients on how to create consistent federal and state telecommunications policy that complies with all relevant regulations. His representative matters include:

  • Advising a wireless provider on its merger
  • Representing a trade association before state regulatory commissions regarding pole attachments, 911 fees, and state USF reform
  • Representing clients before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on issues from Lifeline and Connect America Fund II

In his role as Commissioner, Geoff directed all administrative, legal, and policy priorities for the DTC, including spearheading state interests at the FCC regarding the wireless spectrum auction, public safety, broadband deployment, IP transition, and Universal Service Fund reform. He also was involved in adjudicating cable rate cases, handling interconnection disputes, and enabling wireless companies to do business in the Commonwealth as "eligible telecommunications carriers." In addition, Geoff initiated investigations regarding telephone service quality and the federally funded Lifeline program. Drawing on this extensive industry experience, Geoff now represents clients before state public utilities commissions throughout the country and the FCC.

For telecommunications clients facing investigations or enforcement actions, Geoff leverages his prior litigation experience as Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division, where he investigated and litigated matters related to consumer protection and antitrust law, focusing on enforcement actions with telecommunications and cable companies. Geoff also served as Assistant District Attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office Appellate Division.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Geoff was a professional photographer, and he continues to enjoy photography as a hobby. In the winter he likes to downhill ski, and in the summer he avidly follows the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Boston College Law School  (J.D.)
  • Boston College  (B.A.)

Public Service

  • Board Member, Asian Community Development Corporation
  • Board Member, Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund
  • President, St. Paul's Choir School Parent Guild (2015-2017)
  • Vice Chair, St. Paul's Choir School Advisory Board
  • Past Commissioner and Vice Chair, Massachusetts Asian-American Commission
  • Adjunct Professor, Boston College Law School, "Administrative Practice," (2016-present)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Washington, D.C.

Memberships

  • Past Member, Boston College Law School Alumni Board
  • Past Board Member, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners; past Member, Telecommunications Committee
  • Past Chair, FCC's Section 706 Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services
  • Past Co-chair, FCC's North American Numbering Council; Tri-chair, Selection Working Group
  • Past Member, FCC's Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council
  • Past Co-chair, Massachusetts Attorney General's Diversity Committee
  • Past Board Member, Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
  • Past Board Member, Massachusetts Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
  • Past Member of New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners

Honors

  • Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, 2016 Community Service Award
  • Outstanding Service Award, New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners (2014)
  • The Edward J. McCormack Jr. Award for Excellence, Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts (2006)

Firm Highlights

Blog

Help! My Sweepstakes is Caught in a Pandemic

Publication/Podcast

Should Health Care Employers Prepare for COVID-19 As A Work-Related Injury?

While we know that everyone is being bombarded with COVID-19 recommendations, advice, news, and data, another important issue to manage in the workplace is the possibility of COVID-19 infection, if acquired at work and...

Blog

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

On Wednesday April 8, Verrill attorney and Portland Community Chamber of Commerce president James Cohen will moderate the Portland Chamber’s first-ever “virtual” Eggs & Issues on the subject of Maine’s response to the COVID-19...

Matter

Management Inefficiency

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...

Publication/Podcast

PPP Forgivable Loan Program: How to Do the Math

(Originally published 4/2/2020, revised 4/3/2020) Thousands of articles are circulating about the new Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES Act signed into law on March 27. Having a general idea about how this Program...

News

Verrill Signs Pledge in Support of Advancing Diversity & Inclusion in Connecticut Legal Community

(March 10, 2020) – Verrill has officially joined the Connecticut Bar Association in its ongoing commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the region’s legal community by signing “The Connecticut Legal Community’s Diversity &...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

News

Enforcement Issues with SJC Ruling for the Rockweed Industry

Environmental attorney Gordon Smith was quoted in the Machias Valley News Observer article, "One year after SJC ruling, enforcement issues plague rockweed industry," discussing the Ross v. Acadian Seaplant's decision in Maine. Questions about...

Matter

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...

Event

Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting: Flexible Work Options

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez will be presenting at the Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting. This month's chapter meeting will focus on flexible work options. Tawny will discuss how policy impacts...