Bill's 30+ year career has been devoted to representing public utilities before state and federal regulatory agencies.
Bill has represented electric, gas, water and telecommunications companies in more than 50 major cases before the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) including rate cases, prudence investigations, management audits, merger approvals, requests for certificates of public convenience and necessity and rulemaking proceedings. Bill counsels utilities on proactive strategies to both anticipate regulatory developments and efficiently manage the regulatory process.
Bill has been extensively involved in traditional rate setting issues including CWIP in rate base, attrition, accounting orders and cost of capital. Bill has negotiated long-term alternative rate plans which include automatic inflation adjustments, service quality penalties, and recovery of mandated or exogenous costs. He has also negotiated numerous long-term special rate agreements between utilities and specific industrial consumers.
Bill was actively involved in the restructuring of the Maine electric utility industry including the representation of utilities in the sale of their generating assets, recovery of stranded costs and providing standard offer (default) service. Bill has represented developers of new transmission lines in securing Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and wind developers in negotiating Interconnection Agreements and securing adequate transmission capacity for delivery of the output. Bill has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law, teaching utility regulation and administrative law.
Services / Industries
- Fordham University (J.D., cum laude)
- Member, Fordham Law Review (1976-1978)
- Harvard University (B.A.)
- Board of Trustees, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine (2002-2012)
- Board of Trustees, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (2004-2015), Board Chair (2011-2015)
- Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Maine School of Law (2000-2001, 2006-2007)
- Chair, American Bar Association's Special Committee on Gun Violence (2002-2004)
- President, Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence (1999-2003)
- Presentations at more than 25 utility conferences sponsored by NARUC, ABA, NECPUC, MSBA, NAWC, MWUA and MRWA
- Board of Trustees, Yarmouth Historical Society (2012-2018)
- Board of Directors, Maine Justice Foundation (2016-present); President (2019-present)
- Board of Trustees, Waynflete School (2011-2017)
- Maine State Bar Association: Chair, Administrative Law Section (1990-1994)
- Fellow, Maine Justice Foundation
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Maine Bar Foundation, Director (1986-1992), President (1991)
- Elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (1999)
- Recipient of 2017 Edmund Muskie Access to Justice Award
- Recipient of 1999 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award
- Recipient of 1994 Maine Bar Foundation Dana Award for Outstanding Service in the Advancement of Legal Services for the Indigent
- AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Energy & Natural Resources
- Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2014 Portland, Maine Energy Law Lawyer of the Year
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Administrative / Regulatory Law, Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law
- Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Utilities, Administrative Law and Energy & Natural Resources
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Court and Other Admissions
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit