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During his nearly 20 years of practice, Bill has established a reputation as one of the most highly regarded energy and regulatory attorneys in New England. His practice involves the representation of participants in the gas, electric, telecommunications and water industries and he actively represents clients in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Bill’s practice is highlighted by a series of ground-breaking regulatory proceedings. Most recently, Bill has represented Maine’s largest gas LDC in its first base rate proceeding conducted in nearly 30 years and in a commission-initiated investigation into the accelerated replacement of aging cast iron and unprotected steel piping. Bill also successfully obtained construction and operating approvals for the first compressed natural gas (CNG) facility sited in New England and one of the first private natural gas pipelines in Maine. Earlier in his career Bill assisted Verizon-New England in obtaining regulatory approval for the sale of its landline telecommunications assets to FairPoint Communications, and Bill is currently representing FairPoint’s Maine ILEC in its request for funding of provider of last resort (POLR) service—the first proceeding in New England to address POLR funding.

Bill has delivered successful results for clients beyond the regulatory arena. He has also represented clients in state and federal courts trial and appellate tribunals as well as before mediation and arbitration panels. Among other significant results, Bill delivered a multi-million dollar arbitration award for an industrial electricity consumer relating to a dispute with its electricity supplier over regional network service charge responsibility.

In addition to Bill’s regulatory and litigation practice, he also assists clients with transactional matters involving the purchase and sale of energy in wholesale and retail markets. Whether the client is seeking to purchase natural gas, electricity or renewable energy credits Bill counsels clients to ensure that the commercial terms of the transaction are fair and representative of the market.

Clients who work with Bill consistently express appreciation for his unique ability to understand their business. Before pursuing his legal career, Bill was an engineer designing robotic and assembly line control systems for the automotive industry. His understanding of technology and integrated systems allows him to understand and communicate his client’s position so it can be understood by the legal, engineering and operational audiences. Many lawyers can communicate the law, but in most regulatory, litigation and transactional matters, the ability to also communicate effectively to non-lawyers can make a significant difference in the client’s outcome.

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