Biography

Focusing her practice on the representation of public utilities and telecommunications providers before state commissions and the Federal Communications Commission, Nora advises these businesses on all aspects of utilities regulation and regulatory compliance. From highly contested cases involving the permitting of new electric transmission lines to rulemaking and compliance proceedings, Nora maintains a comprehensive practice in this complex area of administrative and regulatory law. Nora has particular experience before the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Whether she is working on developing a compelling initial filing, managing voluminous discovery under tight deadlines, or representing her clients in the hearing room, Nora displays creativity, determination, and a thoughtful approach to resolving legal issues.

Recent highlights include:

  • Electric Distribution Rate Cases
  • Electric Stranded Cost Rate Cases
  • Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity for Electric Transmission Lines
  • MPUC Rulemakings
  • SmartGrid and Non-Wires Alternatives Proceedings
  • Affiliate Transactions and Reorganizations
  • Sales of Water Resource Lands
  • Lifeline Services for Telecommunications Providers
  • Pole Attachment Proceedings
  • Utility Change of Control Authorizations

Nora has presented at a number of conferences, most recently giving a talk titled "Developments in Non-Wires Alternatives in Maine" in June 2018. Nora also contributes to the Energy Group's blog, Energy Law Update, and joined a number of Energy Group colleagues in co-authoring the second edition of Maine Regulation of Public Utilities.

Prior to joining the firm, Nora served as a law clerk to Justices Howard H. Dana, Jr., and Susan Calkins, both of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Nora also served as a legal intern for Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Nora received her B.A. from Oberlin College in 1993 and her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 2002. Between college and law school, Nora worked in politics and later for MBNA.

When not practicing law, Nora enjoys biking, horseback riding, raising chickens, hiking, and adventures of all sorts.

Services/Industries

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law  (J.D., magna cum laude)
  • Oberlin College  (B.A.)

Public Service

  • Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment, Board of Directors (2011-present)
  • Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project, Board of Directors (2019-present)
  • Verrill Pro Bono Coordinator (2013-present)
  • Freeport Shellfish Commission (2005-2018)
  • Freeport Community Services, White Nights Committee (2015-2019)
  • Cleaves Law Library, Board of Directors (2006-2013)
  • Campaign for Justice, Events Committee Chair (2013)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • New Hampshire

Memberships

  • Maine State Bar Association

Honors

  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Energy & Natural Resources
  • Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for pro bono efforts (2013, 2015 and 2016)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Administrative/Regulatory Law
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Utilities and Energy & Natural Resources
  • Maine Bar Foundation Fellows New Lawyer Award (2012)
  • Natural Resources Council of Maine, Environmental Award (2008)
  • Faculty Significant Achievement Award (2002)

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Clerkships

  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Justice Howard H. Dana, Jr.
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Justice Susan Calkins

Firm Highlights

Blog

Verrill Helps State’s Largest Solar Project Obtain Principal Environmental Permit

News

Nearly 80 Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2021, Including a Dozen Named Lawyers of the Year

(August 24, 2020) – Nearly 80 Verrill attorneys were recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers® 2021 , including 12 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year,” a distinguished recognition for only a single lawyer...

Matter

Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...

Matter

Rate Design

We represented Emera in a rate design case before the Maine PUC to determine whether local distribution rates should be adjusted to reflect seasonal variations in the cost of providing electric distribution service.

Blog

Verrill’s Jim Cohen to Moderate Portland Chamber’s “Eggs & Issues” Discussion with Key State Officials regarding COVID-19

On Wednesday April 8, Verrill attorney and Portland Community Chamber of Commerce president James Cohen will moderate the Portland Chamber’s first-ever “virtual” Eggs & Issues on the subject of Maine’s response to the COVID-19...

Matter

Stranded Cost Rate Reconciliation

We represented Emera in multiple stranded cost reconciliation cases in which stranded cost revenues and expenses are reconciled annually with forecasted revenues and expenses.

Blog

Maine Law Court Holds Citizen's Initiative Cannot Block CMP's NECEC Transmission Line

Matter

2017 Emera Distribution Rate Case

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...

News

38 Verrill Attorneys, Across Four Offices, Recognized in 2020 Chambers & Partners Guide

(April 27, 2020) – Verrill has been rated as a Leading Firm in a total of ten categories and subcategories as evaluated by London-based Chambers & Partners , one of the world's most respected...

Blog

Verrill Helps State’s Largest Solar Project Obtain Principal Environmental Permit