Brian Rayback focuses his practice on environmental law, with expertise in all aspects of water, air, natural resources, solid waste, and land use regulation.
Brian provides cost-effective, strategic advice on project permitting, enforcement matters, appeals of agency decisions, regulatory compliance, and legislative issues for property developers and owners, trade associations, utilities, construction companies, and industrial and manufacturing facilities. He regularly appears before federal, state, and local boards and agencies to assist clients in navigating the complex and often overlapping array of environmental and land use regulations.
Brian is the Chair of Pierce Atwood's interdisciplinary Land Use Team. Prior to joining Pierce Atwood in 1999, Brian was a law clerk for Justice Paul Rudman and Justice Susan Calkins of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Honors & Distinctions
- Recognized in Chambers USA for Environmental Law and in The Best Lawyers in America® for Land Use & Zoning Law since 2013
- Named to MaineToday Media's "Forty Under 40" list in 2011
- Co-chaired American Bar Association conference: Key Environmental Issues in U.S. EPA Region 1 in 2011
Vice Chair, American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, State and Regional Environmental Cooperation Committee, 2010 – present
Member, Maine State Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2009 – present
Participant in multiple Maine Department of Environmental Protection Stakeholder groups, including on scenic and aesthetic impacts, the Site Location of Development Act, the Shoreland Zoning Act, and industrial stormwater issues
Co-author, A Practical Guide to Land Use in Maine, MCLE 2016
Author of chapter on Maine water rights, Waters & Water Rights, a national treatise published by Matthew Bender
Regular contributor to two newsletters of the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
Principal editor of Pierce Atwood's Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar
Board of Directors, Biodiversity Research Institute, 2010-2012
Board of Directors for the Nathan and Henry B. Cleaves Law Library, 1999-2007, Treasurer, 2005-2007
Volunteer coach, youth soccer