Brian Rayback focuses his practice on environmental and land use law, with expertise in all aspects of water, air, natural resources, solid waste, and zoning regulation. He is the Chair of Pierce Atwood's Environmental Practice Group and its interdisciplinary Land Use team.
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.
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
- Included in The Best Lawyers in America® for Land Use & Zoning Law since 2013
- Named to MaineToday Media's "Forty Under 40" list in 2011
- Vice Chair, American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, State and Regional Environmental Cooperation Committee, 2010-2015
- Member, Maine State Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2009-2016
- 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 2016-2018
- Author of chapter on Maine water rights in Waters & Water Rights, a national treatise published annually by Matthew Bender
- Regular contributor to American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources newsletter
- Principal editor of Pierce Atwood's Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar
- Board of Directors, Cape Elizabeth Soccer Club, 2016-present, Vice President, 2018-present
- 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, U.S. Soccer "D" License, youth soccer