Thomas R. Doyle

Tom is a partner in Pierce Atwood's Environmental & Land Use Practice Group with over 25 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 previously served as lead environmental counsel to a major college in Maine in the successful permitting of a student center, new academic buildings, and residence halls. Tom is a member of the Parish of the Holy Eucharist and has frequently volunteered at the Preble Street soup kitchen through his church. He is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and Yale University, and is licensed to practice in Maine.


Over his career, Tom has been lead counsel in several high-profile environmental matters. His accomplishments include:

  • Lead environmental counsel on a $1.4 billion project to improve the reliability of Maine's electric power system. Now under construction, it is the largest transmission project ever built in Maine.
  • The successful licensing of Maine's first compressed natural gas production facility. 
  • The successful licensing of two vast greenhouses (one 24 acres and one 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.
  • The successful licensing of an additional seven million cubic yards of waste disposal capacity for the private operator of the only state-owned landfill in New England. 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 has 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.

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

Highlighted as a leading environmental attorney (Band 1) by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business


Included in The Best Lawyers in America, and named a Best Lawyers’ 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 Law Directory

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


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

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