Biography

Focusing her practice on the representation of public utilities and telecommunications providers before state commissions and the Federal Communications Commission, Nora advises public utilities and telecommunications providers 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 speaking about “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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Clerkship

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

Firm Highlights

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...

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...

News

61 Verrill Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers, 12 as Lawyers of the Year

(September 3, 2019) – More than 60 Verrill attorneys were once again recognized as “Best Lawyers” by Best Lawyers® 2020 . In addition, 12 attorneys from the firm were named “Lawyer of the Year,&rdquo...

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

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

Recent Maine Legislation Bolster Solar, Distributed Generation

Blog

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

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 contact for Three Rivers Solar Power, LLC’s 100 MW solar project. The Three Rivers Solar project will be located...

Blog

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...