Biography

Hans excels at resolving business and regulatory challenges by providing clear and actionable recommendations that translate into economic value and stability for clients. He works on a variety of energy, telecommunications, and water utility matters before utility commissions in Maine and across the U.S., as well as before the FCC.

As part of his work, Hans drafts filings and appears on behalf of private sector clients, industry associations, and government entities before various state and federal regulators across the U.S. He has worked on matters before utility commissions in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, California, and Oklahoma. He has experience in a variety of regulatory proceedings, including rulemakings, investigations, and other proceedings seeking utility commission approvals.

Hans also appears before state legislatures on behalf of energy and telecommunications clients. Through both written testimony and relationship building, he has engaged in targeted and general strategic government relations campaigns for clients in both Maine and Vermont.

In his past career, Hans advised international development projects regarding their environmental regulatory compliance obligations to U.S. government donors. After entering Vermont Law School, Hans was an articles editor for the Vermont Law Review and a teaching assistant. Before joining Verrill, Hans served as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Andrew Mead of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Hans spends much of his free time with his family, biking, skating, paddling, and sailing around Maine. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Maine.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Vermont Law School  (J.D., summa cum laude)
    • Editor, Vermont Law Review
  • Connecticut College  (B.A., magna cum laude)
    • International Relations

Public Service

  • Board Member, World Affairs Council of Maine

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

Honors

  • Vermont Law and Environmental Mission Scholar at Vermont Law School

Languages

  • Spanish, Fluent
  • French, Basic
  • Quechua, Conversational

Firm Highlights

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Maine PUC Releases Report on Evolution of Electrical Grid to Meet Climate Goals

On December 1, 2021, the Maine PUC released a Report on the first phase of its investigation into necessary design and operational changes to the electrical distribution grid to facilitate the State’s clean energy...

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Four Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Chambers & Partners for Energy and Environmental Law in Maine

Verrill attorneys Juliet T. Browne, James I. Cohen, Gordon R. Smith, and Mathew J. Todaro were recently recognized for energy and environmental law in Maine in the 2022 Chambers & Partners Guide . Chambers...

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Verrill Partner Mathew Todaro Presents at The National Safety Council (NSC) of Northern New England’s 51st Annual New Hampshire Safety & Health Conference

The National Safety Council (NSC) of Northern New England recently held its 51 st Annual New Hampshire Safety & Health Conference in Nashua. The two-day conference began on June 7 th and featured keynote...

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Maine Public Utilities Commission to Receive Bids for Northern Maine Transmission and Renewable Generation Projects

On or before May 2, 2022, the Maine Public Utilities Commission has requested bids for proposed transmission and generation resources that would boost energy exports from northern Maine. The northern Maine region has long...

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Kelsey McCutcheon Selected to Join the Environmental Law Institute’s (ELI) Emerging Leaders Initiative

Verrill associate Kelsey McCutcheon has been selected to join the Environmental Law Institute’s (ELI) Emerging Leaders Initiative. The Environmental Law Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, that seeks to "make law work for people...

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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...

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NextEra Subsidiary Fined $8 Million under MBTA for Eagle Deaths at Wind Power Projects in Western U.S.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that ESI Energy LLC (ESI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nextera Energy Resources LLC, pleaded guilty to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and acknowledged at least...

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Intertidal Court Victory for Property Rights, Marine Conservation, and Public Participation

The Maine Superior Court has dismissed all claims against five intertidal landowners represented by Verrill in Masucci v. Judy’s Moody, LLC . The landowners had been sued because they contacted Maine Marine Patrol to...

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Verrill Partner Mat Todaro selected to serve on the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources 2022 Fall Conference Planning Committee

Earlier this year, Verrill Partner Mat Todaro was selected by American Bar Association leadership to serve on the 2022 Fall Conference Planning Committee for its Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources. In this role...

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Verrill Alumni Bill Harwood Nominated as Public Advocate for the State of Maine

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