Juliet T. Browne

Partner
T: (207) 253-4608
  • University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1990)
  • University of Michigan (B.A., 1984)

Highlights

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"...a better grounding in wind law than anyone else."
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ENVIRONMENTAL BLOG
Analysis and discussion of legal issues pertaining to the environment and natural resources.
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Best Lawyers® 2016 Portland, ME Environmental Law "Lawyer of the Year.”
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Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018.
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Selected for inclusion in the 2016 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars©.

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.

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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

Memberships

Maine State Bar Association

Education

  • University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1990)
  • University of Michigan (B.A., 1984)

Bar Admissions

  • California (INACTIVE), 1990
  • Republic of Palau (INACTIVE), 1993
  • Maine, 1996

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