Juliet T. Browne

Juliet T. Browne: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP (129 Attorneys)
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • Juliet specializes in all aspects of environmental law, including project permitting under federal, state and local laws, compliance with federal and state environmental laws, litigation in state and federal courts, redevelopment of contaminated properties, and transactional matters. Juliet also works with regulators and stakeholder groups to develop and update environmental regulations and programs in the State.
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Biography

As chair of the firm’s Environmental Law Group, Juliet excels in problem solving and partnering with her clients to develop and implement solutions to their environmental challenges. She assists clients in all aspects of environmental law, including project permitting and compliance under federal, state and local laws, litigation of environmental matters in state and federal courts, redevelopment of contaminated properties, and a wide variety of natural/resources-based transactional matters. Juliet has been recognized frequently for her ability to manage large-scale, complex permitting and development matters. These matters often involve areas with high natural resource values, and include the successful permitting of several of the largest wind power projects in the northeastern United States, the expansion of interstate natural gas pipeline facilities, the revolutionary proposal by a team of conservation groups and the Penobscot Indian Nation to remove several dams located on the Penobscot River in Maine, and representation of a leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America on permitting and compliance with state and federal regulations.

Juliet’s approach to environmental permitting often involves bringing together diverse interest groups to minimize opposition to projects, resulting in a smoother, more efficient permitting process. In addition, her knowledge of environmental and energy law has been called upon by regulators and stakeholder groups to develop, revise, and update environmental laws and regulations, and she served on the groundbreaking Governor’s Wind Power Task Force in Maine. Juliet also advises timber investors and other landowners on broad range of environmental matters, including the potential for wind power development on their landholdings. Juliet joined Verrill Dana in 1996, after practicing law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in San Francisco, and serving as Assistant Attorney General for the Republic of Palau, a former U.S. Trust Territory located in the Western Pacific.

Juliet also serves as the Chapter Chair for and facilitates the Maine Chapter of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), an organization for successful women-led businesses. Through the WPO accomplished women entrepreneurs tackle strategic issues and grow their businesses through monthly business roundtables.

When not solving her client’s legal problems and working with successful entrepreneurs, Juliet enjoys hiking, and skiing, and all forms of outdoor activities with her husband, and daughter and, if willing, her dog.

Honors

Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business under
Environment (2005 - Present)
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2016 Portland, Maine Environmental Law
Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2015 Portland, Maine Litigation -
Environmental Lawyer of the Year
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Energy Law, Environmental Law,
Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation - Environmental, Natural Resources Law
Selected as one of the Top 50 Women by New England Super Lawyers
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under
Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources and Land Use/Zoning

Public Service

Board of Trustees, Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
Advisory Board, Maine’s Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership
Governor’s Wind Power Task Force
Steering Committee for The Nature Conservancy’s Corporate Conservation Council of Maine
Board Member, Maine Ocean Wind Industry Initiative

Highlights

[Juliet is the] premier environmental permitting attorney for wind energy for the state of Maine.
ENVIRONMENTAL BLOG
Analysis and discussion of legal issues pertaining to the environment and natural resources.
Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019.

Experience

Approval of Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline
Verrill Dana secured state and federal environmental approvals for Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C. to construct more than 200 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline facilities connecting New Brunswick to Massachusetts, as well as a subsequent expansion of those facilities.
Defending Constitutionality of the Wind Energy Act
Verrill Dana successfully defended permits in which the constitutionality of the Wind Energy Act was challenged as well as numerous decisions involving the interpretation and application of sound and scenic standards that govern wind energy developments.
Generator Lead Lines - Wind Power Projects
Verrill Dana’s energy group has permitted more than 15O miles of 115 kV electric transmission lines for wind power projects in Maine.
Independence Wind: Wind Power Development
We represented Independence Wind in the development of its Record Hill Wind project in Roxbury, Maine. The Record Hill Wind project is a 22-turbine, 50-megawatt facility located along the ridgelines of Record Hill, Flathead Mountain, and Partridge Peak.
Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline: Permitting and Clean Air Act Compliance
We represent Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline on the permitting and compliance for its work in Maine, including environmental permitting and compliance associated with its existing high pressure natural gas pipeline and compressor station facilities in Maine.
Nonprofit Mergers & Acquisitions: Membership Substitution Transaction
To expand its capacity to provide patient care in an increasingly competitive marketplace, a pioneering New York-based kidney and cancer research and treatment center affiliated with another New York institution in a complex, 11-month process requiring the coordination of many attorneys and practice groups.
Patriot Renewables: Wind Power Development
We represented Patriot Renewables in the development of several wind power projects in western Maine.
Purchaser Representation: 300,000 Acre Timberland Deal
We represented the purchaser in the acquisition of more than 300,000 acres of timberland in Northern Maine, including negotiation of purchase and sale agreement, entity formation, tax advice, loan representation, environmental due diligence and ongoing operational assistance.
Shoreland Zone Development and Land Use
Verrill Dana represents landowners and developers in siting structures in the shoreland zoning and ensuring ongoing compliance with the restrictions that govern clearing and development in the shoreland zone.
SunEdison Massachusetts Solar Projects
In 2013, Verrill Dana represented First Wind in its acquisition and subsequent re-financing of several solar projects in Massachusetts. The projects are now supplying power to off-site users including the University of Massachusetts system.
TransCanada: Wind Power Permitting
Representation of TransCanada on the development and permitting of its wind power projects in Maine. TransCanada’s first Maine project, the Kibby Wind Project, is a 132 MW wind power project located in the Western Boundary Mountains of Maine, and an associated 27-mile transmission line connecting the project to the electrical grid.
Waste Management: Solid Waste and Air Permitting
We represented Waste Management on the solid waste and air permitting associated with its landfill in Norridgewock, Maine, including the permitting of its Crossroads landfill gas to energy facility located there.
Wind Power Development
We have represented Maine’s major wind energy developers, including TransCanada, First Wind, Patriot Renewables, Independence Wind, Novatus, Pattern Energy and Everpower, in the development, permitting, construction and operation of their wind power projects in Maine. Our Environmental Group has been instrumental in wind power development since its inception in Maine, not only because we represent over 90 percent of the wind power capacity in the State, but because we have shaped the legislation, regulation and judicial precedent that will make it possible for wind energy development to continue to flourish in the future.

News

November 27, 2017
Women Presidents’ Organization Focuses on ’Opportunities’ and ’Success’
Media Mentions
Juliet T. Browne

June 26, 2017
Onshore Wind Development Slow but Steady as Offshore Plan Advances
Media Mentions
Juliet T. Browne

December 28, 2016
Verrill Dana Environmental Attorneys Contribute to “A Practical Guide to Land Use in Maine”
Press Releases
Juliet T. Browne, Scott D. Anderson, Gordon R. Smith

October 28, 2016
The Best Ways to Minimize Wind-Farm Opposition? Community Outreach and Listening
Media Mentions
Juliet T. Browne

July 19, 2016
Verrill Dana’s Energy and Utilities Groups Recognized for Best Client Service in BTI Power Rankings 2016
Press Releases
Juliet T. Browne, William S. Harwood

August 21, 2014
Verrill Dana Attorneys in Nine Practice Areas Named “Lawyers of the Year”
Press Releases
Eric D. Altholz, Lisa S. Boehm, Juliet T. Browne, Roger A. Clement, Jr., Kurt E. Klebe, William C. Knowles, David E. Warren, Karen Frink Wolf

July 10, 2014
Verrill Dana’s Environmental Group Launches New Blog
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Juliet T. Browne, Martha C. Gaythwaite, Keith E. Glidden, Gordon R. Smith, Mathew J. Todaro, Calvin K. Woo

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

June 7, 2012
Verrill Dana Ranked Among Top Firms 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., Christopher J.W. Coggeshall, James I. Cohen, Kimberly S. Couch, Douglas P. Currier, Gregory S. Fryer, Gregg H. Ginn, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy, Jeffrey L. Heidt, Nathaniel R. Hull, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, James C. Palmer, Raymond A. Pelletier, Christopher R. Smith

October 27, 2011
Juliet Browne Selected as One of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in New England
Press Releases
Juliet T. Browne

May 11, 2011
Six Verrill Dana Attorneys Selected for the Lawdragon 3000
Press Releases
Juliet T. Browne, Gregory S. Fryer, Gregg H. Ginn, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins

March 25, 2011
Maine Supreme Court Denies Appeals in Record Hill and Oakfield Wind Power Projects
Press Releases
Juliet T. Browne, Gordon R. Smith

November 8, 2010
Juliet Browne Named to Top 50 Women of the Year List by New England Super Lawyers
Press Releases
Juliet T. Browne

June 4, 2010
Maine Board of Environmental Protection Rejects Abutters’ Appeal of Oakfield Wind Power Project
Press Releases
Juliet T. Browne, Gordon R. Smith

April 6, 2010
First Wind’s Stetson II Wind Energy Project Begins Commercial Operations
Press Releases
Juliet T. Browne, Anthony M. Calcagni, Gordon R. Smith

March 19, 2010
Board of Environmental Protection Rejects Abutters’ Appeal of Record Hill Wind Permit
Press Releases
Juliet T. Browne, Gordon R. Smith

March 12, 2010
Maine Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal of Rollins Wind Power Project
Press Releases
Juliet T. Browne, Scott D. Anderson, Gordon R. Smith

December 29, 2009
Juliet Browne Honored by New England Super Lawyers
Press Releases
Juliet T. Browne

April 29, 2008
Verrill Dana Congratulates TransCanada on Major Project Milestone
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Juliet T. Browne

Publications

September 13, 2018
Verrill Voices Podcast: Interviews with the 2018 Mainebiz Women to Watch
Published Works

November 16, 2017
Maine Proposes New Rules for Wind Energy Development
Published Works
Juliet Browne

November 15, 2017
Maine Department of Environmental Protection Issues Draft Wind Energy Act Rules
Alerts and Newsletters
Juliet Browne

November 2016
Progress Made in Maine, But More Hills To Climb
Published Works
Juliet Browne

October 28, 2016
A Practical Guide to Land Use in Maine
Published Works
Scott Anderson, Juliet Browne, and Gordon Smith

2002
Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property
Published Works
Scott Anderson and Juliet Browne

Events

July 19-20, 2016
AWEA Regional Wind Energy Conference 2016 - Northeast
Speaking Engagements
Juliet T. Browne

April 17, 2016
Endangered Species & Wildlife Protection - Taking Care of Business
Speaking Engagements
Juliet T. Browne

October 22, 2014
Case Studies of Wind Related to Migratory Bird Treaty and Bald and Golden Eagle
Speaking Engagements
Juliet T. Browne

March 25, 2014
AWEA Wind Energy Regional Summit - Northeast
Speaking Engagements
Juliet T. Browne

November 15, 2013
ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo
Speaking Engagements

June 25, 2013
Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Network Reception
Speaking Engagements
Juliet T. Browne

April 25, 2012
EBC Renewable Energy Program: Wind Turbine Noise and Health Impacts - Report of the Massachusetts Expert Panel
Speaking Engagements
Juliet T. Browne

April 28, 2011
NE Women in Energy & the Environment Networking Event
Hosted Events

January 3, 2011
Verrill Dana, LLP to Host New England Women in Energy and the Environment Event
Hosted Events

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Environmental & Land Use
  • Energy
  • Energy - Judicial Appeals
  • Energy - Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Energy - Natural Gas
  • Energy - Solar Power
  • Energy - Wind
  • Coastal & Shoreland

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4608  Phone
(207) 253-4609  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/jbrowne
University Attended:
University of Michigan, B.A., 1984
Law School Attended:
University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1990
Year of First admission:
1990
Admission:
1993, Republic of Palau (Inactive); 1990, California (Inactive); 1996, Maine
Memberships:

Memberships

Maine State Bar Association

ISLN:
901532983
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