Scott D. Anderson

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  • Boston College Law School (J.D., 1999), cum laude
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.A., 1992), magna cum laude


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Analysis and discussion of legal issues pertaining to the environment and natural resources.
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Best Lawyers® 2016 Portland, ME Litigation - Environmental "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© 2017.
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"Local Litigation Star" in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation.
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Selected for inclusion in the 2016 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars©.


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.

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Public Service

Board Member, Maine Lakes Conservancy Institute


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


  • Boston College Law School (J.D., 1999), cum laude
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.A., 1992), magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 1999
  • Massachusetts, 1999


Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 
    under Environment 
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
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under 
Named a Local Litigation Star for Energy and Natural Resources, Environmental
    and Telecommunications by Benchmark Litigation