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)

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • 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, Nashville, Tennessee (fall 2020)
      • 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

MPUC Adopts Safe Harbor for Determination of “Discrete Electric Generating Facilities,” a Qualification for Net Energy Billing and Distributed Generation Programs

Yesterday, all three Maine Public Utilities Commission Commissioners agreed to adopt a new standard for the determination of what facilities qualify as “discrete electric generating facilities” under the MPUC’s Distributed Generation and Net Energy...

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MPUC Issues Order Setting Forth “Discrete Electric Generating Facilities” Safe Harbor

Today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) issued an Advisory Ruling establishing a safe harbor for the determination whether a generation facility is a Discrete Electric Generating Facility for the purposes of qualifying for...

Blog

Bars and Tasting Rooms in Maine Remain Closed Until Further Notice as Number of COVID-19 Cases Increase

News

35 Verrill Attorneys Named 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

(November 9, 2020) – The 2020 edition of New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars© has recognized a total of 35 Verrill attorneys for excellence in their individual areas of practice. Only the top...

News

After the EPA Inspector Leaves

On July 17, environmental attorney Mat Todaro appeared on an episode of Amplify Your Process Safety, a process safety and risk management podcast. Co-host Rob Bartlett and Mat discuss EPA inspections, what to expect...

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FEMA National Flood Insurance Program

Verrill represents and advises waterfront landowners in all aspects of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, including appeals of floodplain map designations, permitting structures and other development in mapped floodplains, and negotiation of FEMA insurance...

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When the Weather Outside Gets Frightful: Moving Indoors in COVID-19

As the sun fades on another Maine summer and autumn rushes by, the appeal of outdoor seating at tasting rooms, bars, and restaurants starts to fade like our fall colors. Yes, there are space...

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Maine Public Utilities Commission Invites Net Energy Billing Report Comments

Yesterday, the Maine Public Utilities Commission issued a request for comments related to the MPUC’s Net Energy Billing Report to the Legislature. The Commission broadly invited any interested person to submit information or comments...

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We're Hiring: Seeking Energy and Environmental Associate to Join Our Team

Verrill seeks to hire an associate attorney to join our Portland office as a member of our Environmental and Energy Groups. Verrill is a full service law firm with more than 135 attorneys conducting...

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9:00PM “Curfew” Announced for Some Maine Businesses During Thanksgiving Week

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