James I. Cohen

James I. Cohen: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
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  • 45 Memorial Circle, Augusta, ME 04332
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  • Mr. Cohen concentrates his practice in government and public relations, banking and financial services, and public utility regulation. He is also a former Mayor of the City of Portland. Mr. Cohen received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and his J.D. from the Columbia School of Law.
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Biography

Based on a broad perspective gained through years of experience as a regulatory lawyer, mediator, and elected official, Jim combines legal, public policy, networking and facilitation strategies to help clients achieve their goals - whether in legal disputes; before government agencies; in business deals; or in the halls of the Legislature.

Jim focuses his practice in the areas of banking and financial services, public utility regulation, government and public relations, and alternative dispute resolution. Within these fields, he has helped craft or modify laws and regulations, represented clients in adjudicatory proceedings before government agencies and the courts, assisted clients in complex business transactions, facilitated stakeholder groups, and provided a wide range of legal and public policy advice.

Jim’s experience in public service, including his service as Mayor of Portland and leadership positions on multiple business and non-profit boards, provides Jim with a deep understanding of government and a broad range of connections within Maine’s business and political community.

Jim’s unique background allows him to provide clients not only insightful legal advice, but also creative solutions involving public relations, facilitation, and outreach to key government, business, and community leaders.

PRACTICE AREAS
Banking and Financial Services - Jim regularly provides regulatory and transactional advice to banks and financial institutions with regard to State and federal banking and consumer credit laws. Jim’s experience includes assisting financial institutions obtain new charters and approvals to do business; developing new agreements and processes for deposit accounts, lending products, or electronic banking; and responding to crises ranging from security breaches, criminal activity, and disputes over account access. Jim chairs the firm’s Banking & Financial Services Group and is former chair of the Consumer and Financial Institutions Section of the Maine Bar Association.

Public Utility Regulation

Telecommunications - Jim advises a wide range of telecommunications providers on matters before the Maine PUC, the Maine Legislature, and other government agencies. He has advised telecommunications providers on matters related to the provision of mobile telecommunications services; establishment of a CLEC; approval of a dark fiber provider; government procurement; service territory expansion; tower siting; universal service; eligible telecommunications carrier rules; tax policy; and the provision of broadband services. He has participated in multiple telecommunications rulemakings, adjudications, and legislative proceedings related to public utility regulation, telecommunications policy, telemarketing, and radio services. Jim chairs the firm’s Telecommunications Group and is a member of the Steering Committee of Federal Communications Bar Association, New England Chapter.
Energy - Jim assists investor and consumer-owned transmission and distribution utilities in transactions and regulatory proceedings ranging from rate setting, to rate design, to purchase power and special rate agreements, to mergers and acquisitions, to rulemakings and customer complaints, to Commission audits and investigations. He has also advised natural gas utilities, wood pellet heat providers, and energy aggregators on a wide range of state regulatory and legislative matters. Jim has been involved in the drafting and adoption of nearly every major piece of energy legislation adopted in Maine since 1995, including the 1997 restructuring of Maine’s electric industry. Jim serves on the Energy and Environment Committee of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce.
Water and Wastewater - Jim has represented numerous municipal and consumer-owned water systems in transactions, rulemakings, and litigated proceedings before the Maine PUC, including main extensions, mergers and acquisitions, local governance, regional cooperation, eminent domain, rate setting, rate design, right-of-way, customer complaints, and Commission investigations. He provides regulatory and legislative services to a statewide association of water utilities, and he helped form Maine’s first regional non-profit organization for water utilities. In 2008, Jim was recognized by the Maine Drinking Water Commission for helping secure passage of a statewide bond issue for water and wastewater projects.

Government and Public Relations - Jim is a seasoned government relations professional and serves as a director of Maine Street Solutions, Verrill Dana’s government relations arm. Jim concentrates his lobbying practice in the area public utility regulation, and he regularly assists clients with general business, banking, taxation, transportation, environmental and general legal issues. Jim was also the primary draftsperson of Maine’s current law governing state, county, and municipal spending. Jim has been recognized as one of the State’s top lobbyists by several rating organizations.

Alternative Dispute Resolution - Jim is a certified mediator and is on the rosters of the Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Service (CADRES), the Foreclosure Diversion Program, and the Maine Human Rights Commission. In 2010, Jim participated in a group that developed evidentiary rules related to confidentiality in mediation sessions. As a former public official, Jim facilitated hundreds of public meetings and stakeholder groups, planned and hosted several policy summits, and spearheaded the formation of the Creative Portland Corporation, the Metro Regional Coalition, the Civic Center Joint Task Force, and the Greater Portland Economic Development Corporation. Jim chairs Verrill Dana’s ADR group, and he is a member and former board member of the Maine Association of Mediators.

GENERAL REGULATORY PRACTICE

Municipal Law - In addition to Jim’s seven years of service as an elected official in Maine’s largest city, Jim has advised local governments, special purpose districts, and private businesses on issues, including procurement, right to know laws, land use, licensure, ordinance changes, finance and spending issues, and election issues. Jim’s municipal experience includes land use & development, transportation infrastructure, school construction & finance, and economic development.
Procurement - Jim has successfully represented numerous businesses seeking or maintaining government grants or contracts, including a 50 million statewide radio contract, a 25 million federal grant for a statewide middle-mile fiber network, a multi-million dollar contract for educational data collection, and a substantial contract for local airport services.
Transportation - Jim has extensive legal and political experience on a wide range of state and local transportation issues, including highway construction and location, grant funding, buses, trains, and airports. For nearly fifteen years, Jim served as the primary utility liaison to the MDOT/Utilities Task Force and actively participated in drafting regulations governing utility accommodation, highway opening, and right of way issues. As a former municipal official, Jim served on the board of the Greater Portland Transit District, chaired the Portland Jetport Master Planning Committee, served as the first-ever chair of the Portland City Council’s Transportation Committee, and spearheaded two regional bus transit summits.
Substance Abuse Treatment - Jim helped obtain the licensure of Maine’s first methadone treatment clinic in 1994, which included a successful Superior Court appeal to overturn an agency decision denying licensure. Subsequently, he has advised several clinics with regard to permitting and operations in Maine and he has participated in highly contested rulemakings, legal disputes, and legislation related to methadone treatment and Medicaid reimbursement. In addition to legal services, Jim has experience providing public relations services to clinics.

Honors

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
under Energy & Natural Resources Law
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Administrative / Regulatory
Law, Government Relations Practice
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under
Utilities, Banking and Government Relations
Neal W. Allen Award for Leadership in the Public Sector (2009)
Ruth M. Shaper Memorial Award, Maine Public Health Association (2008)
PolitickerME.com Power List 2008
PolitikerME.com 2007 Lobbyists with Clout
Public Service for the Environment Award, Sierra Club, ME Chapter (2006)
Honor Roll, Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence (2006)
Kay Wagenecht-Harte Trailblazer Award, Portland Trails (2003)

Public Service

Mayor, City of Portland (2005-06)
Portland City Council (2002-08)
Portland Charter Commission, Vice Chair (2009-10)
Portland Regional Chamber, Chair (2012-), Trustee (2008-), Vice President of
the Board (2017-)
Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Trustee (2009-)
Maine Public Spending Research Group, Trustee (2005-08)
U.S. Conference of Mayors, Community and Faith-Based Initiatives Task Force,
Vice Chair (2006)
Portland Trails, President (1997-98), Advisory Trustee (2002-)
Portland Symphony Orchestra, VP of Budget and Finance (1999-02)
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Highlights

[Jim] has the relationships that allowed me and my company to have a fair hearing on the issues. He knows his way around the halls in the capitol and knows all the players. He is extremely effective.
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.
BANKING BLOG
Valuable insights and updates relating to the financial services industry.
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019.

Experience

Banking: Helping Non-Depository Trust Companies Do Business in Other States
Verrill Dana helps two non-depository trust companies obtain approval to provide trust services in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Banking: Verrill Dana Helps Bank Respond to Check Kiting Scheme
Verrill Dana advises bank on privacy, secrecy, bankruptcy, and criminal laws as part of the bank’s response to a check kiting scheme by a business customer with loans and deposit accounts.
Banking: Bureau of Financial Institutions Hearing
We represented a coalition of Maine banks concerned about an application by a credit union to expand its field of membership. The case eventually went to hearing before the regulators, and oral argument, expert testimony, and briefs were submitted. Eventually, the Bureau agreed with our argument on behalf of Maine banks that the credit union’s application was too broad, and the field of membership was scaled back.
Banking: Right to Sell Insurance
We represented an association of Maine banks seeking to change the law preventing them from selling insurance. This required a detailed understanding of the laws governing insurance sales and bank power, and it required careful negotiations with state regulators, credit unions, and insurance producers over a six month period. We helped get the law passed in 1997 with overwhelming support in the Maine Legislature.
Banking: Verrill Dana Assists Banks with Developing E-Commerce Services
Verrill Dana advises banks on security and liability issues related to Internet banking and other e-commerce services.
Banking: Verrill Dana Helps Bank Respond to Discovery of Employee Loan Fraud
Confronted with an employee accused of loan fraud, a bank turns to Verrill Dana for advice on how to deal with the employee, notify law enforcement, and deal with media inquiries.
Emera Maine: Omnibus Energy Legislation
We represented Emera Maine in 2013 as part of Omnibus Energy Legislation authorizing the State of Maine to procure up to 75 million of natural gas capacity in New England.
Emera Maine: Opposition to Adverse Legislation
In 2012, we successfully opposed legislation on behalf of Emera that would have prohibited affiliates of transmission and distribution utilities in Maine from owning electric generation facilities in the State.
Emera Maine: Support of Favorable Legislation
Assisted Emera Maine in working with multiple stakeholders to pass legislation requiring the Maine PUC to facilitate an examination of alternatives to net energy billing to support solar energy development in Maine.
Establishment of Nondepository Trust for Multi-National Company
We acted as special counsel to a multi-national firm in the chartering and licensing of a Maine nondepository trust company as the client’s wholly-owned subsidiary.
Franchisor Representation: Termination of Franchisee/Dealer
We represented a Maine-based manufacturer/distributor of automated retrieval systems who needed assistance defending its termination of a Minnesota-based dealer of its products. Calling on their extensive experience and knowledge of state franchise laws around the United States, and Maine Franchise Law in particular, our team of litigators was able to gain a favorable arbitration result by establishing that our client had no liability in terminating this dealer.
Local Opposition to Acquisition Prompts Nimble Legislative Action
Verrill Dana helps multinational company fight off emergency legislation aimed at blocking a proposed merger with a local Maine corporation.
Maine Power Express: Merchant Transmission Line
We provided legal counsel and negotiated an important exclusion from a pending legislative matter to allow a major development to proceed.
Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion in the Northeast
Since early 2014, our firm has successfully represented a large interstate pipeline company before the Maine PUC in advancing two significant new interstate pipeline expansion projects.
Public Service: Creative Economy
As a City Councilor, Mayor of Portland and member of the Portland Regional Chamber, Jim Cohen has supported the Creative Economy of the Greater Portland area. Jim convened a local summit and multiple stakeholder groups in an effort to strengthen this local, knowledge-based economy.
Public Service: Healthy Portland Initiative
As a public servant, Jim Cohen established a task force that developed recommendations to improve public health in Portland.
Public Service: Metro Regional Coalition
Jim led an effort to form a six-community coalition aimed at promoting regional projects. The Metro Regional Coalition is the group that resulted from those efforts.
Public Service: Portland School Budget
Jim Cohen helped establish a partnership with the Portland Public Schools to improve the school budget process.
Public Service: Regional Economic Development
During his time on the City Council and as Mayor of Portland, Jim Cohen facilitated a multi-party stakeholder group of municipalities, colleges, and businesses to form a regional economic development corporation. Jim continues to support regional economic development as vice-chair of the Portland Regional Chamber.
Public Service: Sustainable Portland
During Jim’s time as Mayor and City Councilor in Portland he made sustainability a priority. He spearheaded the City’s effort to promote economic, environmental and community sustainability.
Reclassifying as a FERC-Jurisdictional Transmission Line
In 2010, Madison Electric Works (MEW), an electric utility serving Madison, Maine, explored reclassifying its 115-kV power line as a FERC-jurisdictional transmission line. We advised MEW as to the steps necessary to obtain FERC-jurisdictional status, and researched the regulatory regime under which MEW would find itself were the reclassification to succeed.
Summit Natural Gas of Maine: Opposition to Adverse Legislation
Representation of Summit Natural Gas of Maine before the Maine Legislature, including successfully opposing legislative efforts that would have interfered with Summit’s ability to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to build natural gas pipelines in Maine.
Telecommunications: Helping a Dark Fiber Provider Bring High-Speed Broadband to Rural Maine
Verrill Dana helps a start-up dark fiber provider in Maine secure a 25 million ARRA grant for middle-mile fiber - the first awarded nationally by the NTIA; pass controversial legislation allowing dark fiber to attach to utility poles; and gain Maine PUC approval to do business.
Telecommunications: Helping Radio Provider Win Contract to Build Statewide Radio System
Verrill Dana assists major national radio vendor win and retain 50 million contract to design and build a statewide radio system in Maine. To win the bid, we helped our client submit one winning proposal, defend a bid appeal, and then submit a second winning proposal. We continue to help our client work with state and local officials as the system is designed, and built.
Verrill Dana Helps Gardiner Water District Secure Land for a New Water Tank
Verrill Dana assisted long-time client Gardiner Water District, and its engineering firm Wright-Pierce, obtain the necessary land to construct a one million gallon water tank in Farmingdale.
Verrill Dana Helps Methadone Clinic Win Local Approval in Sanford, Maine
Verrill Dana has a long history of helping methadone clinics in Maine, having helped permit the very first clinic in the mid-1990’s. In early 2011, a Massachusetts based provider of opiate addiction treatment services approached Verrill Dana for assistance in opening an outpatient Methadone treatment clinic in Sanford, Maine. On October 2nd, 2012, after more than 18 months of work, Verrill Dana succeeded in helping the client win approval from the Sanford Town Council to open a clinic.
Verrill Dana Helps Neighborhood Group in Dispute Over Proposed Ferry Legislation
In 2013, Jim Cohen helped a group of Yarmouth, Maine residents in a state legislative dispute involving the private ferry service serving the Town of Chebeague Island.
Verrill Dana Tapped to Conduct Independent Investigation of Municipal Land Deal
Amid intense public and media scrutiny, Verrill Dana conducted an extensive independent investigation of a municipal land deal in Brewer, Maine and delivered a detailed investigative report to the Brewer City Council.

News

June 28, 2018
Verrill Dana Utilities Attorneys Publish Book on Maine Regulation of Public Utilities, the Only Book of Its Kind in the State
Press Releases
William S. Harwood, James I. Cohen, Nora R. Healy, Katie M. Gray, Geoffrey G. Why, Brian T. Marshall

October 23, 2017
Maine Legislative Committee to Consider Community Microgrids as a Force for Good
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

July 27, 2017
Lawyer Up: Check Out These Excellent Legal Brewing Podcasts from the Attorneys at Verrill Dana
Media Mentions
Tawny L. Alvarez, Charles P. Bacall, Douglas F. Britton, Debra R. Cardinali, James I. Cohen, Kelly A. Donahue, Jonathan M. Dunitz, James G. Goggin, William C. Knowles, Jay Nutting, Kevin J. O’Connell, Michael V. Saxl

July 27, 2017
Selectmen Approve Study to Review Retaining or Removing KLPD Dams
Media Mentions
Scott D. Anderson, James I. Cohen

July 13, 2017
Power in Portland
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

December 20, 2016
Maine to Expand Access to Medication-Assisted Addiction Treatment
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

December 20, 2016
Over Objections, City Approves Master Plan for Portland Co. Site
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

September 8, 2016
Verrill Dana and Pierce Atwood Present Full-Day Seminar - Natural Gas: Where do we go from here?
Press Releases
Katie M. Gray, James I. Cohen, William S. Harwood

August 8, 2016
South Portland’s Proposed Pesticide Ban Could Be More of a Suggestion
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

July 11, 2016
Advocates Say New DHHS Draft Rules Could Shutter Maine Drug Treatment Clinics
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

July 11, 2016
Health Providers Say DHHS Proposal Would Reduce Access to Drugs to Fight Addiction
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

June 18, 2016
The Long History of Lobbying Behind Maine’s Trash Fight
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

March 25, 2016
Portland Hires New Assistant to Mayor
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

March 21, 2016
Politics & Co.: Should Utilities be Allowed to Lease Electric Heat Pumps to Customers
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

March 2016
Stuck in a State of Disarray, Maine Politics Stand Still
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

February 24, 2016
Committee Approves Rate Hike for Methadone Reimbursement
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

January 27, 2016
To Fight Drug Crisis, Lawmakers Would Raise Reimbursement for Maine Methadone Clinics
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

January 4, 2016
Drug Addiciton Experts Say Proposed Opiate Epidemic Bill in Legislature Is Inadequate
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

October 13, 2015
Chellie Pingree: Reduced Methadone Reimbursement of Urgent Concern
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

August 26, 2015
Jim Cohen Serves as Spokesperson for Coalition of Methadone Clinics Amidst Opiate Epidemic in Maine
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

May 27, 2015
Jim Cohen Comments on Mercy Hospital’s Plan to Close Substance Abuse Treatment Center
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

January 26, 2015
Maine Governor Proposes to Eliminate Medicaid Funding for OTPs
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

October 9, 2014
‘Not a lot of short-term relief’: Looming Winter Power Price Spikes Provide Backdrop for Natural Gas Talks in Maine
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

June 2, 2014
Congress Square Plaza Seeing More Use as Referendum Nears
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

April 29, 2014
Delegation Reflects on Trip to Japanese Sister City
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

November 26, 2013
Civic Center Trustees Reject New Talks with Pirates
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

October 11, 2013
Natural Gas: The Best Path Forward for Maine?
Media Mentions
William S. Harwood, James I. Cohen, Katie M. Gray

May 29, 2013
Verrill Dana Recognized as a Leading Firm by Chambers & Partners
Press Releases
Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, Lisa S. Boehm, Robert C. Brooks, Juliet T. Browne, Anthony M. Calcagni, Roger A. Clement, Jr., James I. Cohen, Kimberly S. Couch, Douglas P. Currier, Gregory S. Fryer, David L. Galgay, Jr., Gregg H. Ginn, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, Katie M. Gray, William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy, Jeffrey L. Heidt, Nathaniel R. Hull, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, James C. Palmer, Raymond A. Pelletier

March 18, 2013
Ferry That Joins Also Seperates Islanders
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

March 13, 2013
Island Residents Worry that Ferry Service Will be Empowered to Take Private Land, Subvert Town Rules
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

March 5, 2013
Bills Repeal Use of Eminent Domain in Maine
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

December 6, 2012
People, Planet and Profits: Next Year’s Triple Bottom Line Agenda for Maine Business for Sustainability
Media Mentions
James I. Cohen

Publications

June 28, 2018
Maine Regulation of Public Utilities: Second Edition
Published Works
William Harwood, James Cohen, Nora Healy, Katie Gray, Geoffrey Why, and Brian Marshall

September 28, 2017
Natural Gas: Powering Maine’s Future
Seminar Materials
James Cohen and William Harwood

August 10, 2017
Commentary: Portland City Charter Well-Designed, but it Can’t Force Trust, Collaboration
Published Works
James Cohen

July 19, 2017
Maine Legislature Overturns Question 2’s 3% Income Tax Surcharge
Alerts and Newsletters
Gregory Fryer, Keith Herrick, Michael Saxl, and Christopher Smith

February 7, 2017
Understanding and Executing the Lobbying Process and When to Engage Your Ratepayers
Seminar Materials
James Cohen

September 20, 2016
Maine Voices: Ranked-Choice Voting Worked in Portland and Will Work in Maine
Published Works
James Cohen

October 12, 2015
Maine Voices: Electing Portland’s Mayor Gives Voters a Voice in Direction of City
Published Works
James Cohen

October 8, 2015
Natural Gas: Energy for Maine’s Future?!
Seminar Materials

October 9, 2014
Natural Gas: Continued Growth in Maine?
Seminar Materials

April 11, 2012
Fair Lending Hot Topics
Seminar Materials
James Cohen

March 15, 2012
Internet Banking: Six (or so) Key Lessons
Published Works
James Cohen

Events

October 18, 2018
Natural Gas: Focus on the Future
Hosted Events
William S. Harwood, James I. Cohen, Katie M. Gray

October 12, 2017
New England Chapter Panel Discussion with FCC Commissioner O’Rielly and Networking Event
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

September 28, 2017
Natural Gas: Powering Maine’s Future
Hosted Events
William S. Harwood, James I. Cohen, Katie M. Gray

April 13, 2017
Politics in Focus: How Lawyers Can Engage at the State and Local Level
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen, Spencer R. Thibodeau

February 6 - 8, 2017
Maine Water Utilities Association 91st Annual February Meeting & Trade Show
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

October 6, 2016
Natural Gas: Where Do We Go From Here?
Hosted Events
William S. Harwood, James I. Cohen, Katie M. Gray

February 12, 2016
2016 Maine Broadband Symposium
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

December 4, 2015
Understanding Maine’s Opiate Crisis
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

October 8, 2015
Natural Gas: Energy for Maine’s Future?!
Hosted Events
William S. Harwood, James I. Cohen, Katie M. Gray

April 3, 2015
Maine State Chamber of Commerce Energy Summit
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

March 30, 2015
Portland’s Fiscal Future, Vision and Growth
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

October 10, 2013
Natural Gas: The Best Path Forward for Maine?
Speaking Engagements
William S. Harwood, James I. Cohen, Katie M. Gray

December 14, 2012
Public Utilities Regulation: The Best Path Forward
Speaking Engagements

December 6, 2012
Maine Rural Water Association Conference 2012
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

October 3, 2012
Maine Telecommunications Users Group October Meeting
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

June 1, 2012
Jim Cohen to Participate in Alumni-Faculty Forums at Princeton University
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

April 11, 2012
Maine Bankers Association Maine Bank Expo 2012
Speaking Engagements

February 7, 2012
Maine Water Utilities Conference: A Trustee’s Whiteboard
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

November 18, 2011
Maine Government Relations, Election Law, and Campaign Finance Seminar
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen, Michael V. Saxl

April 14, 2011
Greater Portland Economic Development Corporation: A New Regional Approach to Business
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

May 12, 2010
What is the Creative Economy: Lessons Learned in Portland
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

November 13, 2009
Building the Local Creative Economy
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

June 6, 2009
Federal Stimulus Opportunities
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

October 31, 2007
Tax Reform in Maine
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

October 19, 2007
School Consolidation in Maine. . . By the numbers
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

December 4, 2006
Mayor’s State of the City and Farewell Address
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

April 29, 2006
Jim Cohen on National Public Radio Regarding Sudanese Refugees Finding New Homes in Maine
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

December 12, 2005
Mayor’s Recognition of Portland’s Growing Creative Economy
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

December 5, 2005
Mayor’s Inaugural Address
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

November 20, 2005
Advocacy Before the Maine Legislature II
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

November 3, 2005
Regional Planning and/or Consolidation of Systems
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

October 12, 2005
Advocacy Before the Maine Legislature
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

April 1, 2005
The Maine Plan
Speaking Engagements
James I. Cohen

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries
  • Energy
  • Energy - Electric Transmission & Distribution
  • Energy - Natural Gas
  • Energy - Public & Government Relations
  • Government & Public Relations
  • Telecommunications
  • Water & Wastewater Utilities

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4708  Phone
(207) 253-4709  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/jcohen
University Attended:
Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, A.B., cum laude. 1987; University of Southern Maine, Certificate Program in Mediation, 2007
Law School Attended:
Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1991
Year of First admission:
1991
Admission:
1991, Maine and U.S. District Court, District of Maine
Memberships:

Memberships

Maine State Bar Association: Consumer and Financial Institutions Section,
Chair (1999-2000), Member (1996-)
Maine Association of Mediators, Board of Governors (2008-10),
Member (2007-)
Federal Communications Bar Association, New England Chapter,
Steering Committee Member
Maine State Bar Association, ADR Section, Member (2009-)
Court Appointed Dispute Resolution Service, Roster of Mediators (2011-)

ISLN:
901691260

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 07/02/12 in Utility Regulation

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Sole Practitioner on 07/27/12 in Utility Law

    Among the very finest attorneys in New England. The utmost in diligence and knowledge of the law. Fellow lawyers have qualified confidence in Jim.

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