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

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...

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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...

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Verrill Helps State’s Largest Solar Project Obtain Principal Environmental Permit

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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...

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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...

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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

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...

Matter

Energy: Legislative Campaign to Oppose State Takeover of Electric Utilities

During the 2019 session of the Maine Legislature, Verrill took a leading role on behalf of our client Emera Maine in opposing significant legislation authorizing the State of Maine to take over and operate...

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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...

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Water and Wastewater: Kittery Water District dismissal of Customer Complaint

Verrill successfully helped the Kittery Water District secure the dismissal of a ten-person customer complaint filed in August before the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Verrill attorneys James Cohen and Hans Eysenbach guided the...

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Maine Law Court Holds Citizen's Initiative Cannot Block CMP's NECEC Transmission Line