Juliet T. Browne

Juliet T. Browne: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP (132 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 2018.

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

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, Harlan M. Doliner, 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

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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

Press Releases

Juliet T. Browne

Publications

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

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

Peer Reviews

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    3.0/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    3.0/5.0
  • Judgment

    3.0/5.0
  • Communication

    3.0/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    3.0/5.0

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