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During more than two decades 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 natural gas, electric, telecommunications and water industries and he actively represents clients in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Bill’s practice is highlighted by a series of ground-breaking regulatory proceedings, ranging from the approval of the sale of entire fleets of generation assets during New England's deregulation of its electricity markets in the late 1990's to the recent approval in Massachusetts and Maine of programs designed to replace aging regional natural gas distribution infrastructure on an accelerated basis. Bill was also lead counsel in obtaining construction and operating approvals for the first CNG facility sited in New England and one of the first private natural gas pipelines in Maine.

Bill has handled nearly every type of public utility proceeding during his career, including ratemaking dockets, rate design, alternative forms of regulation, affiliate transaction approvals, utility reorganizations, sales of utility assets, compliance and management investigations and regulatory waivers. He has also advised and counseled developers of merchant generation and transmission projects, including transmission CPCN and other regulatory approvals necessary for construction and operation. Beyond the regulatory arena, Bill has represented clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts 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.

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 comprehend 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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