Nora R. Healy

Nora R. Healy: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • Nora R. Healy is a Partner in the firm's Water & Wastewater Utilities and Energy Groups. Nora has advised public utilities on all aspects of utilities regulation and appears regularly before the Maine PUC on behalf of utilities. Nora edits and contributes articles to the Energy Group's blog, www.EnergyLawUpdate.com.

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Biography

Nora R. Healy advises public utilities on all aspects of utilities regulation and appears regularly before the Maine PUC on behalf of utilities. Nora edits and contributes articles to the Energy Group’s blog, www.EnergyLawUpdate.com.

Prior to joining the firm, she served as a law clerk to Justices Howard H. Dana, Jr. and Susan Calkins, both of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Nora also served as a legal intern for Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Nora received her B.A. from Oberlin College in 1993, and her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 2002.

Clerkships

•Justice Howard H. Dana, Maine Supreme Judicial Court
•Justice Susan Calkins, Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Honors

Maine Bar Foundation Fellows New Lawyer Award - 2012
Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business under
Energy & Natural Resources
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Administrative / Regulatory Law
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under
Utilities and Energy & Natural Resources
Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for Pro Bono efforts (2016)
Natural Resources Council of Maine - 2008 Environmental Award
Faculty Significant Achievement Award, 2002

Public Service

Freeport Shellfish Commission, (2005-Present)
Domestic Violence Project (pro bono representation of clients seeking protection from abuse orders) 2005-2007
Cleaves Law Library, Board of Directors, 2006-2013
Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Board of Directors, 2011-Present
Campaign for Justice, Events Committee Chair, 2013
Freeport Community Services, White Nights Committee, 2013

Highlights

ENERGY BLOG
Keep current on energy-related laws and trends.
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018.
Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.

...she would work tirelessly without a complaint and every minute working with her was a joy.

-Quote from water district superintendent client

Experience

2014 Emera Distribution Rate Case
In 2014, Bill Harwood and Nora Healy represented Emera in a rate case, in which the MPUC approved an 8.68% increase in distribution rates.
Bangor Hydro: Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity
In December 2009, the Maine PUC granted Bangor Hydro Electric Company a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) for the construction and operation of a 115 kV electric transmission line in Washington County, Maine known as the Downeast Reliability Project.
Emera Maine: Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity
Verrill Dana has represented Emera Maine before the PUC in securing a CPCN for Emera’s proposed 138 kV transmission line providing a new interconnection between the Northern Maine electric system and the New Brunswick, Canada system.
Emera Maine: Maine PUC Approval of Merger
Verrill Dana successfully obtained Maine PUC approval for the 2014 merger of Maine Public Service Company and Bangor Hydro Electric Company into a single corporation, Emera Maine.
Emera Ownership of Generation
The Group represented Emera in a lengthy case addressing the extent to which the Maine Restructuring Act prevents affiliates of e a Maine T&D utility from acquiring ownership of generation facilities. In 2011, Emera sought approval of two acquisitions: 25% ownership of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. and a joint venture with First Wind to develop new wind projects in the Northeast. The acquisitions generated extensive litigation before the Maine Public Utilities Commission and Maine Supreme Judicial Court both before and after Emera closed the transactions. Ultimately, Emera decided to unwind both transactions.
Iberdrola: Acquisition of Energy East and Central Maine Power
In 2007, Verrill Dana served as local counsel to Iberdrola in its acquisition of Energy East and Central Maine Power Company.
Merger Agreement and Shareholder Class Action
When Emera Inc. acquired Maine Public Service Company in 2010, our Energy Group was actively involved in drafting the merger agreement and securing regulatory approval from the Maine PUC. Further, Verrill Dana defended Emera in a shareholder class action suit in U.S. District Court resulting from the proposed merger.
Multi-Disciplinary Representation in Mill Purchase and Regulatory Compliance
We represented the buyer in the acquisition of Domtar Maine LLC, which owns and operates the pulp mill in Baileyville, Maine (also known as Woodland), and continue to represent the mill in regulatory compliance matters.
Northeast Reliability Interconnect
In 2005, Verrill Dana obtained a Maine PUC CPCN and Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers environmental approvals for the construction and operation of the Northeast Reliability Interconnect (NRI).
Verrill Dana Team Facilitates Completion of Largest Solar Farm in Maine as of Its In-Service Date
When Madison Electric Works, a publicly owned electric utility, sought to add more solar-generated electricity to its consumers, they called on Verrill Dana to help. The result? A 4.8 megawatt solar energy farm that is more than double the size of the next closest solar project in the State of Maine.
Water and Wastewater: Helping Water Systems Develop and Carry Out Consolidation Plans That Are Right for Their Community
Verrill Dana has assisted local water districts in a wide range of regional planning efforts, ranging from enhancing communications with local municipalities, to formation of a regional water council, to the interconnection of water systems, to full merger or consolidation.

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

November 8, 2016
Verrill Dana Attorneys Honored for Pro Bono Service
Press Releases
Tawny L. Alvarez, Heidi A. Bean, Seth S. Coburn, Jonathan M. Dunitz, James G. Goggin, Nora R. Healy, Rita S. Heimes, Christopher S. Lockman, Marie J. Mueller, Stephen B. Segal, Spencer R. Thibodeau, Mathew J. Todaro, John W. Van Lonkhuyzen

February 13, 2015
Verrill Dana Receives Two Awards for Commitment to Pro Bono Legal Services
Press Releases
Keith E. Glidden, Nora R. Healy, Douglas R. Steinmetz

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

February 7, 2012
Nora Healy Honored at Maine Bar Foundation Annual Meeting
Press Releases
Nora R. Healy

October 11, 2011
Law Firms Take to Blogging to Share Expertise
Media Mentions
Eric D. Altholz, James I. Cohen, Benjamin E. Ford, Katie M. Gray, Nora R. Healy, Misti D. Munster

January 3, 2011
Verrill Dana, LLP Names New Partners
Press Releases
Nora R. Healy, Jeffrey L. Heidt, Dennis J. White

October 22, 2008
NRCM Gives Award to Law Firms in Portland and D.C. for River Restoration Efforts
Media Mentions
William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy

November 3, 2004
Six Attorneys Join Verrill Dana, LLP
Press Releases
Nora R. Healy

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

May 27, 2010
Water System Sustainability- Symposium Materials
Seminar Materials

April 1, 2005
Keep it Flowing
Published Works
Nora Healy and William Harwood

Events

June 13, 2018
PUC Regulation: Where Do We Go From Here?
Speaking Engagements
William S. Harwood, Katie M. Gray, Nora R. Healy

November 12, 2015
PUC Regulation: Headed in the Right Direction?
Speaking Engagements
Katie M. Gray, William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy

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

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 (6)

  • Energy
  • Water & Wastewater Utilities
  • Energy - Electric Transmission & Distribution
  • Energy - Judicial Appeals
  • Energy - Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Energy - Rate Cases

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4720  Phone
(207) 253-4721  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/nhealy
University Attended:
Oberlin College, B.A., 1993
Law School Attended:
University of Maine School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2002
Year of First admission:
2002
Admission:
2002, Maine; 2004, New Hampshire
Memberships:

Memberships

Maine State Bar Association

ISLN:
917951778

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