Scott D. Anderson

Scott D. Anderson: 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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  • Scott assists his clients with navigating the myriad of federal, state, and local environmental laws for development projects large and small. With a results-driven track record of getting projects up and running, Scott offers strategies on permitting and compliance in a way to meet the client’s needs.
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Biography

Scott assists his clients with navigating the myriad of federal, state, and local environmental laws for development projects large and small. For energy infrastructure, mill operations, telecommunications facilities, large-scale retail, environmental restoration-Scott has worked to obtain development permits, resolved conflicts with interested parties and opponents, and has helped to fashion creative solutions to environmental and regulatory challenges. With a results-driven track record of getting projects up and running, Scott offers strategies on permitting and compliance in a way to meet the client’s needs. You want to build, invest, grow, achieve-call Scott. You want to fight, show everyone how smart your lawyer is, run up a huge bill, get bogged down in unnecessary disputes-hire someone else.

And Scott doesn’t attempt to do it alone. Working with his colleagues at Verrill Dana, with particular skill in corporate, tax, real estate, and energy law, Scott pulls together the right team for the job, bringing decades of experience to every project. And yes, he knows the law and regulations, and has dealt with permitting, compliance, and litigation involving dizzyingly complex federal statutes such as CERCLA, the Clean Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act, Maine provisions such as the Site Location of Development Law and Natural Resources Protection Act, and local zoning, subdivision, and shoreland zoning regulations.

Scott joined Verrill Dana in 2001, and was previously a litigation associate at a large Boston law firm. Scott received his J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 1999 where he served as Executive Editor of the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review and was a member of the National Moot Court Team. When not diving into environmental matters, he skis off cliffs in Tuckerman’s Ravine and plays the fiddle. That’s right, the fiddle.

Honors

Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
under Environment
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2019 Portland, Maine Environmental
Law Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2018 Portland, Maine Litigation -
Environmental Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2016 Portland, Maine Litigation -
Environmental Lawyer of the Year
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Administrative / Regulatory
Law, Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation - Environmental,
and Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under
Environmental
Named a Local Litigation Star for Energy and Natural Resources, Environmental
and Telecommunications by Benchmark Litigation

Public Service

Board Member, Maine Lakes Conservancy Institute

Highlights

incredibly bright and innovative

look[s] at problems from multiple perspectives and find[s] creative solutions.
ENVIRONMENTAL BLOG
Analysis and discussion of legal issues pertaining to the environment and natural resources.
Best Lawyers 2018 Portland, ME Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year.”
Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Local Litigation Star in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation.
Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019.

Experience

Buyer Representation: Multiple Timberland Parcels
We represented the buyer in the acquisition of multiple timberland parcels in five counties in central and western Washington, including assistance with bid preparation, due diligence and tax and business-related advice.
Major Wireless Telecommunications Company: Integration of Acquired Competitor

We represented a major wireless telecommunications company in a reconfiguration of telecommunications infrastructure to allow the integration of recently acquired competitor.
Major Wireless Telecommunications Company: Network Build-Outs
We represented a major wireless telecommunications company in 3G and 4G network build-outs in Maine.
Moody’s Collision Center Solar Development
In 2014 and 2015, Verrill Dana advised Moody’s Collision Center with respect to its investment in a substantial solar development at Maine Audobon in Falmouth.
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.
Oakhurst Dairy: The Natural Goodness of an Enduring Legacy
Oakhurst Dairy has been a family-owned business for three generations. When the Bennett family decided the sale of Oakhurst was best for the company’s growth and long term success, they sought Verrill Dana’s guidance to ensure the transaction honored their company, its employees and the values that have made Oakhurst a trusted brand since 1921.
Obtaining Town Approval for a Subdivision
Verrill Dana attorneys successfully represented a large landowner in hearings before the Planning Board and Board of Selectmen for the Town of Arundel to correct issues with an improperly built subdivision. This representation involved substantial title work, the creation of a homeowners association and road maintenance agreement, negotiations with abutters, and presentations to local permitting boards.
Penobscot River Restoration Trust: Project Management
The Penobscot River Restoration Project is one of the largest and most creative river restoration projects in our nation’s history. Verrill Dana has partnered with the Trust and its member organizations to coordinate the complex and multi-disciplinary project, which has spanned over six years.
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.
Solar Energy Development
Verrill Dana has represented solar energy developers and investors related to multiple projects throughout Maine and Massachusetts. We have provided permitting counsel and due diligence on solar projects ranging from a 1.5-MW micro-grid array in Brunswick to a proposed 100-MW project in the unincorporated area of Hancock County.
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.
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.
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

April 4, 2018
Verizon Has Sights Set On Tower Location
Media Mentions
Scott D. Anderson

February 26, 2018
Verrill Dana Attorneys “Recommended” for Litigation; Two Listed among Nation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Frank J. Silvestri, Jr., Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

October 1, 2017
Turtle Tunnel Envisioned to Protect Endangered Species in York County
Media Mentions
Scott D. Anderson

September 26, 2017
York Appeals Decision Over Toll Plaza Construction
Media Mentions
Scott D. Anderson

September 25, 2017
York Selectmen to Appeal Toll Plaza Decision
Media Mentions
Scott D. Anderson

September 19, 2017
York Ponders Appeal of MTA Plaza Permit
Media Mentions
Scott D. Anderson

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

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

December 5, 2016
Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized in 2017 Benchmark Litigation
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Martha C. Gaythwaite, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

October 25, 2016
Should Maine Legalize Recreational Use of Marijuana for Adults?
Media Mentions
Scott D. Anderson

October 14, 2016
WLBZ 2 - Interview with Scott Anderson and Christine Thibeault
Media Mentions
Scott D. Anderson

October 13, 2016
Verrill Dana Attorney Refutes Claims by Maine AG About Marijuana Referendum Question
Media Mentions
Scott D. Anderson

October 13, 2016
Verrill Dana Attorney Refutes Claims Made by Maine AG About Marijuana Referendum Question Scott D. Anderson

October 11, 2016
Planning Board Hears Proposal for Falmouth Road Cell Tower
Media Mentions
Scott D. Anderson

March 10, 2016
Marijuana Campaign Sues State Over Disqualified Petition Signatures
Media Mentions
Scott D. Anderson

November 18, 2015
Nine Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Benchmark Litigation
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, James G. Goggin, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Frank J. Silvestri, Jr., Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

November 4, 2014
Verrill Dana is Most Highly Recognized Firm in Maine in 2015 Benchmark Litigation
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Charles P. Bacall, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, James G. Goggin, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

October 3, 2014
Verrill Dana Announced as Finalist for the 13th Annual M&A Advisor Awards
Press Releases
Gregory S. Fryer, Mark K. Googins, Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, Charles P. Bacall, Robert C. Brooks, Anthony M. Calcagni, Elizabeth Murdock Myers, Spencer R. Thibodeau

July 11, 2014
Verizon Wireless Sues Cape Elizabeth
Media Mentions
Scott D. Anderson

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

March 18, 2014
“Cold Swift Justice” Prevails at WinterKids Downhill 24
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Anthony M. Calcagni, Seth S. Coburn, William H. Stiles

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

June 11, 2010
Verrill Dana Attorney Scott Anderson Represents Think Again
Media Mentions
Scott D. Anderson

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

January 18, 2007
Verrill Dana, LLP Names New Partners
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, John P. Giffune, Karen K. Hartford, Mary McQuillen

Publications

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

May 16, 2014
EPA Finalizes Cooling Water Intake Rule - CWA 316(b)
Alerts and Newsletters
Scott Anderson and Mathew Todaro

February 24, 2014
Peer Review Report Undermines New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Nitrogen Report for Great Bay Estuary
Alerts and Newsletters
Scott Anderson

December 14, 2009
Are Bans On Off-Site Transport of Groundwater Reasonable But Unconstitutional?
Published Works
Scott Anderson

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

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Environmental & Land Use
  • Energy
  • Telecommunications
  • Water & Wastewater Utilities
  • Litigation & Trial
  • Energy - Hydro Power
  • Energy - Solar Power
  • Coastal & Shoreland

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4540  Phone
www.verrilldana.com/sanderson
University Attended:
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.A., 1992, magna cum laude
Law School Attended:
Boston College Law School, J.D., 1999, cum laude
Year of First admission:
1999
Admission:
1999, Massachusetts and Maine
Memberships:

Memberships

Chair, Energy and Natural Resources Market Regulation Committee, American
Bar Association: Section on Energy Environment and Resources
Vice Chair, Public Service Committee, American Bar Association: Section on
Energy Environment and Resources

ISLN:
914456771

Peer Reviews

  • 4.6/5.0 (3 reviews)
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    4.7/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.7/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.7/5.0
  • Communication

    4.3/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.7/5.0

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