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, 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 development of comprehensive and effective regulatory programs, such as Environment, Health and Safety, Hazard Communication and Process Safety Management.

In all aspects of his work, while serving as outside counsel, Mat prides himself on becoming a dedicated and integrated member of his client’s 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. And following two years in 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, MA - 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

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...

Blog

The Latest: Governor Reported to Hire Burgess as Maine’s Energy Director

Reports  are circulating that Governor Mills may have selected Dan Burgess as the Director of the Governor’s Energy Office. Burgess is a native of Newport and University of Maine alum. Burgess has been at...

Blog

Recent Maine Legislation Bolster Solar, Distributed Generation

Blog

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...

Blog

MPUC Approves Term Sheet for Three Rivers Solar Power, LLC’s 100 MW Solar Project

Today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission  approved  a  term sheet  for a long-term contract for Three Rivers Solar Power, LLC’s 100 MW solar project. The Three Rivers Solar project will be located in Hancock...

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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...

Blog

U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Review Zero Emissions Credit Schemes

In two related cases, Petitioners are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down state generator subsidies that Petitioners argue distort competitive wholesale power markets that are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal...

Blog

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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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...

Publication/Podcast

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...