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

  • 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, 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

Matter

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...

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...

News

39 Verrill Attorneys Named 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Verrill Attorney Karen Frink Wolf Again Named One of New England’s Top 100 Attorneys and Top 50 Women Attorneys (December 11, 2019) – The 2019 edition of New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars...

Blog

Jim Cohen Addresses Maine Chamber Symposium About Risks of Public Power

Blog

Maine Energy Storage Commission Issues Report to Legislature

The Commission to Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of Energy Storage to the Maine Electricity Industry has issued its report to the Legislature. The Commission unanimously agreed on the benefits of energy...

Blog

Maine Adopts Amended Net Energy Billing Rules, New Commercial NEB Tariff Rate

Recent legislation amending the net energy billing (NEB) rules to include a tariff rate program specifically for commercial customers and directing the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to procure distributed generation, has prompted a...

Blog

The 7th Annual Maine Natural Gas Conference

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Blog

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

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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...

Blog

First Circuit Acts on Appeal by South Portland Pipeline Company

On January 10, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit acted on the Portland Pipe Line Corporation’s (PPLC) appeal of the district court order upholding a South Portland zoning ordinance that...