Liam is an energy and energy infrastructure attorney focusing on both litigation and transactional matters. He represents solar farm developers and on- and offshore wind developers, electric and natural gas local distribution companies (LDCs), crude oil shippers, energy market financial traders, telecommunications providers, and others before state public utilities commissions throughout New England and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He also represents clients in a variety of other settings, including in regional and state-sponsored requests for proposals (RFPs) for renewable energy and associated transmission infrastructure, compliance and enforcement matters, and open seasons. 

Liam has a deep understanding of state renewable energy law and policy, including Massachusetts’s SMART Program, as well as New England’s wholesale energy market, administered by ISO-NE.  He works diligently to understand client objectives and to implement sound legal strategies that best achieve client goals. 

Liam is dedicated to providing pro bono legal services, and works on a variety of matters, including representing individuals in proceedings before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In 2017, Liam was recognized by the Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program for his commitment to community service. 

Liam is also a contributor to the firm’s Energy Infrastructure Blog

Professional Activities

  • Presenter, SMARTen-Up on Solar in Massachusetts, Northeast Clean Energy Council Webinar (February 27, 2018)

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

  • Represented a solar developer in negotiating and drafting a power purchase agreement and lease governing the development, construction, and operation of multiple solar arrays in western Massachusetts that will seek certification under the new Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program.
  • Ongoing representation of Maine’s largest electric transmission and distribution (T&D) utility, Central Maine Power Company, in its petition for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for a 200+ mile HVDC transmission line and associated AC upgrades.
  • Represented Central Maine Power Company in regional and state-specific solicitations for clean energy wind and solar generation and associated HVDC and AC transmission facilities.
  • Represent one of the nation’s largest merchant transmission providers in developing the company’s initial battery storage facility on the campus of a large state university in the Midwest U.S.
  • Represented Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. in obtaining MPUC approval of Consolidated’s acquisition of FairPoint Communications, Inc.  The all-stock transaction was valued at approximately $1.3 billion including debt and based on present equity value.  Liam assisted Consolidated in obtaining support for approval of merger from all interested parties (with the exception of the employee unions who ultimately did not oppose the settlement).  The settlement was unanimously approved by the Maine Public Utilities Commission and the transaction closed on July 3, 2017.
  • Provided consulting services, including research, analysis, and written reporting on wholesale generation markets in Europe, Africa, and North America, to a leading consulting firm in its role as a contractor to the U.S. Department of State.
  • Represented subsidiary of J.D. Irving Limited before the U.S. Department of Energy in obtaining long-term authorization to export natural gas to Canada. 
  • Represent traders of virtual products in the wholesale electricity markets before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and regional independent system operators ISO-NE and PJM.

Liam represents diverse clients in complex energy litigation and other regulatory matters before the Maine Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Such matters include representation of regulated public utilities in proceedings regarding cost of gas rates, rate recovery and design, transmission planning, and pipeline capacity assignment, as well as representation of public utilities and other market participants in a variety of FERC matters, from annual compliance filings to Office of Enforcement investigations. Liam also has experience in representing clients in regional, competitive solicitations for transmission infrastructure to facilitate delivery of renewable energy.