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Based on a broad perspective gained through years of experience as a regulatory lawyer, mediator, and elected official, Jim combines legal, public policy, networking and facilitation strategies to help clients achieve their goals – whether in legal disputes; before government agencies; in business deals; or in the halls of the Legislature.

Jim focuses his practice in the areas of banking and financial services, public utility regulation, government and public relations, and alternative dispute resolution. Within these fields, he has helped craft or modify laws and regulations, represented clients in adjudicatory proceedings before government agencies and the courts, assisted clients in complex business transactions, facilitated stakeholder groups, and provided a wide range of legal and public policy advice.

 Jim’s experience in public service, including his service as Mayor of Portland and leadership positions on multiple business and non-profit boards, provides Jim with a deep understanding of government and a broad range of connections within Maine’s business and political community.

Jim’s unique background allows him to provide clients not only insightful legal advice, but also creative solutions involving public relations, facilitation, and outreach to key government, business, and community leaders.


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Practice areas


  1. Telecommunications: 25%
    25 years
  2. Energy: 25%
    25 years
  3. Government: 20%
    25 years
  4. Banking: 15%
    25 years
  5. Administrative Law: 15%
    25 years


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Contact info

Verrill Dana, LLP

One Portland Square
Portland, ME, 04101


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Recognized under Energy & Natural Resources lawChambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business2012
Listed for Utilities, Banking, and Government RelationsSuper Lawyers2010
Neal W. Allen Award for Leadership in the Public SectorPortland Regional Chamber2009
Ruth S. Shaper Memorial AwardMaine Public Health Association2008
Power List 2008PolitickerME.com2008
Listed for Administrative/Regulatory and Government RelationsBest Lawyers in America2007
Lobbyists with CloutPolitickerME.com2007
Public Service for the Environment AwardSierra Club, Maine Chapter2006
Kay Wagenecht-Harte Trailblazer AwardPortland Trails2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerVerrill Dana1991 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Communications Bar Association,New England ChapterSteering Committee2011 - Present
Maine State Chamber of CommerceTrustee2009 - Present
Portland Regional Chamber of CommerceBoard Chair2012 - 2012
Portland Charter CommissionVice Chair2009 - 2010
Maine Association of MediatorsBoard of Governors2008 - 2010
City of Portland, MaineMayor2005 - 2006
City of Portland, MaineCity Councilor2002 - 2008
Maine Bar Association, ADR Section, Consumer and Financial Institutions SectionChair1999 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Banking: Helping Non-Depository Trust Companies Do Business in Other StatesSuccessful
Helping a Dark Fiber Provider Bring High-Speed Broadband to Rural MaineSuccessful
Helping Radio Provider Win Contract to Build Statewide Radio SystemSuccessful
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Publication nameTitleDate
Natural Gas: Continued Growth in MaineHow Maine Would Select Among Competing Proposals for Natural Gas Capacity2014
Bangor Daily NewsWorking together, taking risks focus of Portland chamber’s annual dinner2014
Bangor Daily NewsNot a lot of short-term relief’: Looming winter power price spikes provide backdrop for natural gas talks in Maine2014
Portland Press HeraldMaine Voices: Vote no on Question 1 for a safer and improved Congress Square2014
Portland Daily SunDelegation reflects on trip to Japanese sister city2014
Portland Press HeraldCivic center trustees reject new talks with Pirates2013
Bangor Daily NewsIsland residents worry that ferry service will be empowered to take private land, subvert town rules2013
Banking Law UpdateFeds Revise Risk Retention Rules For Securitization Transactions2013
Maine Banker MagazineInternet Banking: Six (or so) Key Lessons2012
Maine Bankers Association, Bank ExpoFair Lending Hot Topics2012
Maine Water Utilities Association Annual MeetingA Trustee's Whiteboard2012
Kennebec JournalNatural gas pipeline showdown next month as appeal goes to state panel2012
Banking Law Update12 Steps to Managing Interest Rate Risk: Feds issue new FAQs2012
Banking Law UpdateForeclosure Scandal: Five Largest Mortgage Lenders Propose Settlement with States2012
Portland Press HeraldSanford eyed as site for clinic2011
Banking Law UpdateRobosigning Scandal: Maine Supreme Court condemns practice, declines to impose more penalities2011
Portland Press HeraldPortland's Question 1 Would Give City a Real Mayor, and it Needs One2010
Water System Sustainability SumposiumTrustee Responsibilities: Walking the Line2010
Portland Press HeraldRanked Choice Balloting is Wild Card in Mayor's Race2010
Portland Press HeraldTax Relief and Reform Greatly Spurred by New State Law2009
Portland Press HeraldDon't Wait to Apply for U.S. Funds2009
Portland Press HeraldConclusive Evidence: Lab a Big Help2009
Portland Press HeraldPortland Chamber Keys on Growth; The Community Group Sets Economic Development Goals, Including a Task Force with the City2006
Portland Press HeraldMayor Wants City to Explore Civic Center Renovations2006
Portland Press Herald,Crime Busting Costs Promote Sharing; Efforts Are Under Way to Have Greater Portland Police Departments Use a Regional Forensics Facility2006
Portland Press HeraldNew Mayor, Ambitious Plans2005
The BollardClapton is God, Cohen is Mayor2005
Verrill Dana, LLP WebsiteMayor's Inaugural Speech2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Princeton UniversityWoodrow Wilson School of Public AffairsA.B.1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Natural Gas: Continued Growth in Maine?Natural Gas2014
Natural Gas, the Best Path Forward for Maine?Competition Among Gas Distribution Companies2013
Princeton Reunion Alumni-Faculty ForumPartisanship and Compromise2012
Maine Water Utilities Association Annual MeetingA Trustee's Whiteboard2012
Maine Telecommunications Users Group Fall MeetingMaine Universal Service Fund2012
Maine Rural Water Association Annual ConferenceCharters and Bylaws2012
Maine Bank ExpoFair Lending Hot Topics2012
MEREDA BreakfastGreater Portland Economic Development Corporation: A New Regional Approach to Business2011
Maine Government Relations, Election Law, and Campaign FinanceGifts, Entertainment, and Education: Do's and Don'ts2011
Maine Government Finance Officers Association Winter MeetingFederal Stimulus Opportunities2009
Juice 2.0 ConferenceWhat is the Creative Economy: Lessons Learned in Portland2009
Muskie School For Public Service -- ForumTax Reform in Maine2007
GrowSmart Maine SummitSchool Consolidation in the Numbers2007
NPR's Weekend EditionJim Cohen on National Public Radio Regarding Sudanese Refugees Finding New Homes in Maine2006
Monthly Meeting of Maine Library AssociationAdvocacy Before the Maine Legislature2005
Maine Water Utilities Association Monthly MeetingRegional Planning and/or Consolidation of Systems2005
Maine Water Utilities Association Monthly MeetingThe Maine Plan2005