Thomas R. Doyle - Pierce Atwood LLP

Thomas R. Doyle

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Tom is a senior partner in Pierce Atwood’s Environmental and Land Use Practice Group. He has extensive experience in all areas of environmental and land use law, including adjudicatory proceedings, complex corporate transactions, and client counseling. During his career, Tom has been lead counsel in several of Maine's highest profile environmental and land use matters involving multiple disciplines and industries.

Suffolk UniversityYale UniversityBA 1975
American Bar Association

Case History

National Semiconductor Corporation — Lead counsel for the successful environmental licensing of a state-of-the-art semiconductor fabrication facility, which at $800 million was one of the largest private investments ever in Maine.  The applicable state licenses were obtained in 21 days, the minimum time required by state law.
Pine Tree Waste, Inc. — Successfully represented this owner in the licensing of a 1000 ton per day transfer station and construction demolition debris processing facility.  Representation included a successfully completed, but hotly contested adjudicatory proceeding before Maine''s Board of Environmnetal Protection and a similar proceeding before the municipal planning board.
Backyard Farms Greenhouses — Lead counsel in the successful environmental and land use licensing of two vast greenhouses, one 24 acres and the second 18 acres in size, for growing vine-ripened tomatoes.  These are the largest greenhouses in the Northeast, and the 24-acre greenhouse is the largest building under one roof in Maine. 
Juniper Ridge Landfill — Lead counsel on all aspects of the successful federal, state and local environmental and land use permitting of this 68-acre landfill, which was the subject of a contested adjudicatory hearing before Maine''s Board of Environmental Protection.  Also successfully defended appeals of the original decision in Maine courts.   Once constructed, this landfill was transferred into the ownership of the State of Maine, and I subsequently represented the State-designated private operator in licensing a seven million cubic yard disposal capacity increase, again after a contested hearing process.  I also have successfully defended that decision on appeal to Maine Superior Court.
Fox Island Wind, LLC — Environmental counsel to this successfully licensed and constructed 4.5 megawatt community wind turbine project on Vinalhaven Island.  It is the largest off-shore community wind project in New England, and the first in Maine.
Maine Power Reliability Program — Lead environmental counsel for Central Maine Power Company''s Maine Power Reliability Program, a $1.5 billion project to upgrade and improve the reliability of Maine''s largest electric power system.  This is one of the largest transmission system projects in New England and certianly the largest ever in Maine.  Responsible for all federal and state environmental and land use permits, many of which have been contested.  As of April 2010, the most significant state environmental permit has been obtained.

Client Comments

"Tom has been a key part of our operation's compliance strategies for nearly 20 years. Tom has an outstanding command of State and Federal environmental rules applicable to the paper industry. He has amazing communication skills, a wonderful sense of humor, and a sterling work ethic. On more than one occasion, seeing Tom in action, I have quietly congratulated myself for having the good sense to retain Tom and his firm. Otherwise said, I'm glad he's on our side, not theirs. "

"Our firm selected Tom as our corporate attorney as a result of his ability in corporate issues and timeliness. I have never had an attorney be as responsive as Tom. Just this week I called him with a major issue, which happened to be a personal matter that required an immediate response, and he jumped on it and had answers within a few hours after consulting with others in his office. We selected Tom four years ago when we only had six employees, but he never treated us like small fish. Today, we have grown to over 30 employees and are treated like we are his only client."

-Thomas Gorrill
Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers, Inc.

"Mr. Doyle (Tom) has a great deal of experience in the area of solid waste regulation and is well respected for his knowledge and abilities. He is professional, yet personable, and easy to work with. He is timely in communications and appears to be very well organized. Tom has always been well prepared and is able to keep projects focused on the pertinent issues."

-Michael Kuhns
Environmental Manager
Dragon Products Company

"I have had the opportunity to work with Tom on numerous occasions during the past eight years. He has always been very responsive and has a work ethic that is unparalleled. He goes to great lengths to ensure that he and his client are very well prepared for any situation. He is able to grasp complicated legal issues and develop appropriate strategies, but he is also adept at thinking quickly on his feet in the face of a changing environment. Tom is professional, articulate, and has a great sense of humor. It is always a pleasure working with Tom."

-Brian Oliver
Region Vice President
Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Portland-ME Metro Area
Thomas R. Doyle has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Environmental Law

Other Information

Race: Caucasian
Gender: Male