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

Maine PUC Issues Distributed Solar Procurement Announcement

The Maine PUC, in partnership with its consultant Enel X, has issued a procurement announcement for the first block of distributed generation under Maine’s distributed generation law passed last summer . The procurement is...

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Recent Maine Legislation Triggers Amendment to PUC Consumer Protection Rules

Last year, the Maine Legislature enacted three bills requiring amendments to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Rules in Ch. 815: Consumer Protection Standards for Electric and Gas Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Utilities . Last...

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FERC Hydro License Compliance

Represented ENEL, an international leader in hydro power, before FERC in defending against a formal Section 206 Complaint by the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and various abutters, alleging that ENEL North America has violated...

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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...

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Maine PUC Issues Report Analyzing the Costs and Benefits of “Public Power” in Maine

Last week, the Maine PUC submitted to the Maine Legislature its Report , authored by London Economics International (LEI), on the costs and benefits of requiring the State of Maine to take over Central...

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COVID-19 Alert: State of Maine and City of Portland Issue Orders to Close Non-essential Businesses; Utility Services to Continue

On Tuesday March 24, 2020, both the City of Portland and the State of Maine issued comprehensive new limitations on business establishments in order to further limit the spread of the coronavirus. Both actions...

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COVID-19 Alert: Massachusetts Closes “Non-essential” Businesses; Utility Services to Continue

The response to COVID-19 by states across the U.S. has continued to evolve rapidly. In Massachusetts, due to growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus, Governor Charlie Baker issued a “ shelter in place&rdquo...

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Shoreland Zone Development and Land Use

Verrill represents landowners and developers in siting structures in the shoreland zone (including the seacoast) and ensuring ongoing compliance with the restrictions that govern clearing and development in the shoreland zone.

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Maine’s COVID-19 Response Impacts Utility Services and Other Business Activities

Like many states, Maine is quickly imposing a wide range of measures designed to protect the public in response to the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. Almost daily, Maine Governor Janet Mills and other...

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Enforcement

Verrill has negotiated and litigated with federal, state, and local entities to resolve violations related to coastal development, including homes, docks, seawalls, shoreland clearing, and commercial fishing operations. We have also negotiated beach management...