Biography

Juliet excels in creative problem-solving and partnering with clients to develop and implement solutions to environmental challenges. Her holistic approach to energy and environmental law ensures that her clients not only have the legal answers to their questions, but are positioned to succeed in their overall business objectives.

Juliet's practice focuses on all aspects of environmental law, including public hearings, project permitting, and compliance under federal, state, and local laws. Juliet is especially known for her ability to manage large-scale, complex permitting and development matters involving areas with high natural resource values, a field that is becoming increasingly contentious with well-funded and organized opponents, with creative problem-solving. Juliet's approach to environmental permitting often involves connecting diverse interest groups to minimize opposition to projects, resulting in a smoother, more efficient process.

For companies requiring strategic and effective project management, Juliet manages large and midsize energy infrastructure projects, making sure that all regulatory and policy options are explored and pursued where appropriate. Her clients rely on her responsiveness, candor, and willingness to give honest advice.

Her representative matters include:

  • The successful permitting of several of the largest wind power projects in the northeastern United States, often facing a number of complex contentious issues
  • Supporting the expansion of interstate natural gas pipeline facilities
  • The revolutionary proposal by a team of conservation groups and the Penobscot Indian Nation to remove several dams located on the Penobscot River in Maine
  • Working with a leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America on landfill permitting and compliance with state and federal regulations
  • Successfully defending permits that are appealed to the Board of Environmental Protection, including a recent one by a broad group of opponents, including the town where the project was located

Juliet's years of experience have honed her judgment and deep understanding of the regulatory and political landscape. She joined Verrill in 1996 after practicing law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in San Francisco and serving as Assistant Attorney General for the Republic of Palau, a former U.S. Trust Territory located in the Western Pacific. She has been called upon by regulators and stakeholder groups to develop, revise, and update environmental laws and regulations, and she served on the groundbreaking Governor's Wind Power Task Force in Maine.

Juliet serves as the Chapter Chair for the Maine Chapter of the Women Presidents' Organization, an organization that helps women entrepreneurs tackle strategic issues and grow their businesses through monthly business roundtables.

When not solving her clients' legal problems and working with successful entrepreneurs, Juliet enjoys hiking, skiing, and all forms of outdoor activities with her husband, daughter, and, if willing, her dog.

Services/Industries

Education

  • University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law  (J.D.)
    • Articles Editor, California Law Review, 1989-1990
  • University of Michigan  (B.A.)

Public Service

  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
  • Advisory Board, Maine's Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership
  • Governor's Wind Power Task Force
  • Steering Committee for The Nature Conservancy's Corporate Conservation Council of Maine
  • Board Member, Maine Ocean Wind Industry Initiative

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • Maine State Bar Association

Honors

  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Environment (2005-Present)
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2020 Land Use and Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Environmental Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Litigation - Environmental "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Energy Law, Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation - Environmental, Natural Resources Law in Portland, Maine
  • Selected as one of the "Top 50 Women" by New England Super Lawyers©
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources and Land Use/Zoning

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Firm Highlights

Blog

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...

Matter

Defending Constitutionality of the Wind Energy Act

Verrill successfully defended permits in which the constitutionality of the Wind Energy Act was challenged as well as numerous decisions involving the interpretation and application of sound and scenic standards that govern wind energy...

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Weaver Wind Project Development

Verrill represented Longroad Energy on development of the Weaver wind project in Maine. Longroad Energy is a Boston, MA-headquartered renewable energy developer focused on the development and operation of wind and solar energy projects...

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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Power Purchase Agreement Approvals

Represented a New York wind developer in proceedings in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island to obtain regulatory approval of power purchase agreements with utilities in those three states pursuant to their tristate clean energy...

Matter

Interstate Pipeline

Secured state and federal environmental approvals for Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, LLC, to construct more than 200 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline facilities connecting New Brunswick to Massachusetts, as well as a subsequent...

Blog

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...

Blog

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...

Publication/Podcast

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...

Blog

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...