Biography

Mat works closely with clients to solve complex regulatory matters. When necessary, he also defends clients facing inspections or enforcement proceedings from administrative agencies.

Mat's experience and passion for his work have translated into a strong record of success in defending clients in enforcement proceedings specifically concerning federal regulatory matters. Mat defends and negotiates on behalf of his clients under statutes such as the Clean Water Act, EPCRA, and FIFRA, and with a particular focus on Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act. He also represents clients in complex, multi-party CERCLA matters for sites listed on EPA's National Priorities List.

Mat routinely advises clients facing an array of regulatory compliance challenges including the ever-changing landscape of chemical regulation, private and agency-supervised environmental remediations, FEMA flood map appeals, and product labeling including California's Proposition 65. Mat works closely with clients engaged in wastewater treatment and waste disposal to secure federal and state permits and to develop creative and innovative legal and policy solutions. Mat also assists clients with OSHA compliance and defense, focusing on the development of comprehensive and effective Environment, Health and Safety, Hazard Communication, and Process Safety Management regulatory programs.

In all aspects of his work, while serving as outside counsel, Mat prides himself on becoming a dedicated and integrated member of his clients' teams, much like a devoted inside counsel.

Mat's experience includes clerkships with the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division and the Office of General Counsel within the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. During law school, he was awarded an honors certification in environmental law, selected as a Rappaport Fellow, and elected President of the Environmental Law Society. Prior to law school, Mat was the International Policy Director for one of the nation's largest environmental policy networks, working directly with members of the U.S. State Department and Congress on the issue of climate change. Following two years with Teach For America, for a "break," Mat rode his bicycle across the country in 52 days—Seattle to Maine, to be exact.

In the rare moments when Mat is not at his desk or at a client's facility, he and his wife spend every moment possible enjoying their two incredible children.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Boston College Law School  (J.D.)
  • The George Washington University  (B.A., magna cum laude)

Public Service

  • Teach For America (ENC 2004)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • American Bar Association: Section on Environment, Energy and Resources
    • Select roles within section:
      • Co-chair: National Enforcement Conference, Washington, D.C. (fall 2019)
      • Planning Committee: Fall Conference, Boston, Massachusetts (fall 2019)
      • Leadership Development Program (2016)

Honors

  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Environment
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Environmental
  • Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for pro bono efforts (2016)

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Firm Highlights

Blog

The 7th Annual Maine Natural Gas Conference

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Recent Maine Legislation Bolsters Solar, Distributed Generation

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Beneficial Electrification, A Potential Win-Win for T&D Utilities, Regulators, and Environmentalists

According to a Boston Consulting Group report released last week, transmission and distribution (T&D) utilities stand to gain significant value from aggressive investment in grid capacity that facilitates the transition to an electrified transportation...

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Governor Mills Nominates Former Chair of Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee to Lead Maine PUC

On behalf of Verrill Dana's Energy & Utilities Practice Group, I'm pleased to inform you that Governor Mills has nominated Phil Bartlett to serve as Chair of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. More information...

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Dynamic Pricing Triggers EV Owners’ Load Shift to Early Morning Hours

Supplying electricity during peak demand, the period of highest customer demand for electricity (typically around 4 – 7 p.m.), increases the costs of supply – both for transmission and distribution utilities and customers. Dynamic...

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2019 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

On Thursday, January 31, members from Verrill Dana's Labor and Employment group, as well as some from the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation group, conducted a full-day seminar full of employment law related topics...

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Beneficial Electrification and Natural Gas Bans in New Buildings, Affordable Sustainability

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Maine Public Utilities Commission Approves Weaver Wind Power Contract

On July 12, 2019, the Maine Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved a long-term contract for the purchase of power from Weaver Wind, a 72.6 MW wind power project in Hancock County Maine. The expected...

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Maine to Participate in Discussions on Amending Federal Regulations to Boost Offshore Wind

April 9, 2019 – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the Trump Administration's plans to propose "a series of regulatory changes later this year to boost offshore wind develop off the Atlantic and...

News

Mat Todaro Provides Thoughts on Local Favorites

On October 21, 2019, Super Lawyers published an article, "Mat Todaro Tells Us What's Good in the Neighborhood," featuring attorney Mat Todaro and his advice on local favorites in Portland, Maine. Visit SuperLawyers.com for...