Biography

Scott assists his clients with navigating the myriad of federal, state, and local environmental laws for development projects large and small.

For energy infrastructure, mill operations, telecommunications facilities, large-scale retail, and environmental restoration, Scott has worked to obtain development permits, resolved conflicts with interested parties and opponents, and has helped to fashion creative solutions to environmental and regulatory challenges. With a results-driven track record of getting projects up and running, he offers strategies on permitting and compliance that meet the client’s needs.

Scott also works with clients regarding disputes with state and federal regulatory authorities and other governmental entities. He has defended issued permits, successfully challenged governmental contract awards, reversed election decisions by the Maine Secretary of State, and has represented clients seeking to hold governmental agencies accountable for their actions. At the agency level and in state and federal court, if you like or don’t like how your government is treating you, call Scott.

Scott does not attempt to do this alone. Working with his colleagues, with particular skill in corporate, tax, real estate, and energy law, Scott pulls together the right team for the job, bringing decades of experience to every project. He knows the law and regulations, and has dealt with permitting, compliance, and litigation involving complex state and federal rules and regulations.

When not diving into environmental matters, he skis off cliffs in Tuckerman’s Ravine and plays the fiddle. That’s right, the fiddle.

Services / Industries

Education

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

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

Honors

  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Environment
  • Named a Local Litigation Star for Energy and Natural Resources, Environmental and Telecommunications by Benchmark Litigation
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2020 Portland, Maine Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2019 Portland, Maine Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2016 & 2018 Portland, Maine Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Administrative / Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, and Municipal Law
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Environmental

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Firm Highlights

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

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...

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

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...

Publication/Podcast

Verrill Voices: Newsflash - Rockweed Not a Fish

In this episode of Verrill Voices, environmental attorneys Gordon Smith and Scott Anderson discuss how private property rights could save the world, or at least the coast of Maine, when the fate of ecologically...

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...

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 Bolster Solar, Distributed Generation

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

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...