Matthew D. Manahan - Pierce Atwood LLP

Matthew D. Manahan

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Matt is the leader of Pierce Atwood’s Environmental Practice Group, which he joined in 1989. Matt handles a broad range of environmental matters before state and federal administrative agencies, as well as before state and federal courts, but his primary area of practice is in the environmental regulation of energy projects.

Bowdoin CollegeAB 1986Cornell UniversityJ.D. 1989
American Bar AssociationNew Hampshire Bar AssociationMaine State Bar Association

Case History

Recent Experience

Representation of a metals recycling facility in successfully defending appeals before the Maine Board of Environmental Protection of the air emissions license for the first large industrial metal shredder in the State of Maine, as well as in petitions to revoke the DEP permit and in challenges to related town permits, in Duffy v. Town of Berwick, 2013 ME 105

Representation of the owner of a non-power producing dam in the first ever petition to force construction of a fishway under Maine's fishway statute. After contested hearings spanning more than one year, Matt facilitated a settlement in 2010 that resolved the matter through construction of a fishway costing less than one-half of the original estimated cost

Representation of the largest consumer of electricity from a hydropower project in Washington State in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission challenging mandatory conditions and prescriptions imposed on the project by federal agencies, resulting in a settlement that required the agencies to submit revised conditions and prescriptions that allowed economic operation of the project. The FERC approved the settlement in 2010


Office Location

Merrill's Wharf
254 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Portland-ME Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Land Use and Zoning Law of the Portland-ME Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Portland-ME Metro Area
Matthew D. Manahan has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Matthew D. Manahan has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Matthew D. Manahan has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Environmental Law (Administrative/Regulatory, Clean Water Act, Counseling, Environmental Cleanup, Environmental Permitting, Industry, Land Use and Zoning, Litigation, Native American, Permitting, Superfunds/Environmental Remediation, Water Rights)
Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation - Environmental

Other Information

Gender: Male