Tom Doyle is a partner in Pierce Atwood's Environmental & Land Use Practice Group with 30 years of experience in all areas of environmental and land use law, including adjudicatory proceedings, transactions, permitting, client counseling, enforcement, brownfield redevelopment, and legislation. Tom's transactional experience has included serving as lead environmental counsel in public offerings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, site divisions, and project financings. He also has long advised the forest products industry on a variety of strategic environmental, natural resource, and land use issues.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Recognized as a leading environmental attorney by Chambers USA
  • Included since 1995 in The Best Lawyers in America® in Environmental Law
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” in Environmental Law in Portland, Maine
  • Received James River Corporation's Bronze Key Award for Environmental Achievement
  • Achieved the highest professional rating, AV® Preeminent™ awarded by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Activities

Vice-chair, American Bar Association's Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee, 2004-present

Member, Maine State Bar Association, 1982-present (Chair, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section, 2013)

Twice served on Governor or legislatively appointed committees to study revisions to Maine's Site Location of Development Law

Served on Maine Department of Environmental Protection and State Planning Office-appointed committees to review Maine's solid waste laws

Publications

Doyle, Thomas. Co-author of A Practical Guide to Land Use in Maine, MCLE New England (2016).

Doyle, Thomas. Maine's Site Location, Storm Water, and Traffic Permitting Laws. Environmental Law in Maine seminar, 2016.

Doyle, Thomas. Solid Waste Regulations and Recent Developments. Environmental Law in Maine seminar, 2016.

Day, Avery T.; Doyle, Thomas R.; Manahan, Matthew D.  About face: How a mine moved toward opening in Maine, Mining Engineering (2012).

Civic Activities

Treasurer, Yale Club of Western Maine, 2007-present

Treasurer and Board member, Falmouth Little League, 1998-2003

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

  • Lead environmental counsel on a $1.4 billion project to improve the reliability of Maine's electric power system. Recently completed, this is the largest transmission project ever built in Maine.
  • Lead counsel on the successful development and construction of two of New England’s first compressed natural gas production facilities.
  • Lead environmental counsel for the permitting and construction of the largest island community wind project in New England.
  • Provides long-term and ongoing environmental counsel to an international oil pipeline that traverses three states and the U.S. border with Canada.

Representative Experience

  • Lead environmental counsel on a $1.4 billion project to improve the reliability of Maine's electric power system. This is the largest transmission project ever built in Maine.
  • Successful licensing of two new tissue machines for a major pulp and paper company.
  • Successful licensing of two of New England's first compressed natural gas production facilities.
  • Lead counsel in the effort to modernize and streamline Maine's metallic mineral mining laws.
  • Successful licensing of two vast greenhouses (24 acres and 18 acres), to grow tomatoes, the largest facilities of their kind in the Northeast.
  • Lead environmental counsel for the largest island community wind project in New England.
  • Successful licensing of an additional seven million cubic yards of waste disposal capacity for the private operator of a state-owned landfill. Approval obtained after a contested state proceeding.
  • The only private attorney over the past 25 years to have successfully led the licensing of a new landfill in Maine, a feat he accomplished twice.
  • Spearheading the successful licensing of a state-of-the-art semiconductor fabrication facility, which obtained its applicable state licenses in 21 days, the minimum time required by state law.