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

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 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

Recent Maine Legislation Bolsters Solar, Distributed Generation

Solar Panels
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 in Hancock...

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

Jim Cohen Addresses Maine Chamber Symposium About Risks of Public Power

Blog

The 7th Annual Maine Natural Gas Conference

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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...

Blog

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

Electric Cars
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...