Biography

Scott assists his clients with navigating the myriad 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 helped 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, and reversed election decisions by the Maine Secretary of State, and he 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

  • Named a Local Litigation Star for Energy and Natural Resources, Environmental and Telecommunications by Benchmark Litigation
  • Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for pro bono efforts (2019)
  • Named Best Lawyers® 2020 Litigation – Land Use and Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine
  • Named Best Lawyers® 2019 Environmental Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine
  • Named Best Lawyers® 2016 and 2018 Litigation – Environmental "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Administrative / Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, and Municipal Law in Portland, Maine
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Environmental

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

Firm Highlights

Blog

Incidental Take of Migratory Birds Prohibited Once Again as New MBTA Rule Becomes Effective

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) final rule that presumptively reinstates liability for incidental take under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (“MBTA”) becomes effective on December 3. The new rule revokes a Trump-era...

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NextEra Subsidiary Fined $8 Million under MBTA for Eagle Deaths at Wind Power Projects in Western U.S.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that ESI Energy LLC (ESI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nextera Energy Resources LLC, pleaded guilty to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and acknowledged at least...

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Verrill Alum Bill Harwood Sworn in as Public Advocate for State of Maine

On January 26, 2022, Maine Governor Janet Mills swore in Bill Harwood as Public Advocate for the State of Maine. Bill was unanimously confirmed by the Maine State Senate and the Legislature’s Joint Standing...

News

32 Verrill Attorneys Named 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

(November 22, 2021) – The 2021 edition of New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars© has recognized a total of 32 Verrill attorneys for excellence in their individual areas of practice. Only the top...

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Kelsey McCutcheon Selected to Join the Environmental Law Institute’s (ELI) Emerging Leaders Initiative

Verrill associate Kelsey McCutcheon has been selected to join the Environmental Law Institute’s (ELI) Emerging Leaders Initiative. The Environmental Law Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, that seeks to "make law work for people...

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Intertidal Court Victory for Property Rights, Marine Conservation, and Public Participation

The Maine Superior Court has dismissed all claims against five intertidal landowners represented by Verrill in Masucci v. Judy’s Moody, LLC . The landowners had been sued because they contacted Maine Marine Patrol to...

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Verrill Alumni Bill Harwood Nominated as Public Advocate for the State of Maine

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Maine Public Utilities Commission to Receive Bids for Northern Maine Transmission and Renewable Generation Projects

On or before May 2, 2022, the Maine Public Utilities Commission has requested bids for proposed transmission and generation resources that would boost energy exports from northern Maine. The northern Maine region has long...

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Maine Rural Water Association Annual Conference with Verrill Attorney Mathew J. Todaro

Verrill Attorney Mathew J. Todaro, along with two others, will be presenting at the Maine Rural Water Association’s 41 st Annual Conference and Trade Show. Their presentation, “PFAS and Practicality Regulatory Updates with a...

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Maine PUC Releases Report on Evolution of Electrical Grid to Meet Climate Goals

On December 1, 2021, the Maine PUC released a Report on the first phase of its investigation into necessary design and operational changes to the electrical distribution grid to facilitate the State’s clean energy...

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