Maureen D. Smith

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Maureen D Smith

Phone: 603.223.9166
Email: msmith@orr-reno.com
Fax: 603.223.9066

Overview

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As a member of Orr & Reno’s Environmental practice group, Maureen represents business and individual clients in a broad range of environmental matters spanning air, water, wetlands, shoreland and waste issues. She counsels industrial and commercial clients on federal and state environmental permitting and compliance matters in transaction and enforcement settings. She works with clients and government agencies to resolve environmental compliance issues, including lead paint, hospital hazardous waste and air permitting. She defends clients in federal and state environmental enforcement actions. Her practice includes representing businesses and individuals in administrative proceedings before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

As a member of Orr & Reno’s Energy practice group, Maureen works closely with energy lawyers within the practice group to represent energy clients in state proceedings, including Public Utility Commission and Site Evaluation Committee proceedings, with a focus on environmental issues, energy development and transmission. She handles regulatory proceedings and related real estate issues on energy generation transmission and siting, as well as federal and state licenses and permits. She also advocates on legislative and agency policy issues relating to energy infrastructure, renewable energy and competitive energy markets.

As a member of the Legal Ethics and Malpractice practice group, Maureen counsels lawyers on professional conduct matters and provides defense services to lawyers in disciplinary proceedings before the New Hampshire Supreme Court Professional Conduct Committee.

Maureen is a frequent author and lecturer on environmental, energy and ethics topics.

Past Experience

  • New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C

Notable cases

  • Lead state counsel in largest groundwater damages recovery action in New Hampshire.
  • Lead counsel in siting approval for natural gas transmission facility.
  • Lead counsel in state approval of ownership transfer for combined cycle natural gas power plant.

Hobbies

Maureen loves swimming and writing.

Personal Qualities

Maureen works closely with clients to provide prompt and practical legal advice on complex problems.

Professional and Community Involvement

Professional Involvement

  • Member and former Vice Chair, Energy & Telecommunications Committee, NHBIA
  • Member and former Chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, New Hampshire Bar Association (2009-11)
  • Member of Environmental and Energy committees, New Hampshire Business & Industry Association
  • Member of New Hampshire Independent Energy Council
  • Member and former Chair, of the Ethics Committee, New Hampshire Bar Association (2011-12)
  • Member and Former Vice-Chair of the Ethics Committee, New Hampshire Bar Association (2009-11)
  • Member, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
  • Member, Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules, Subcommittee on Attorney Discipline System Rules (2013)

Community Involvement

  • Trustee/Board Member and Chair, Public Policy Committee of The Nature Conservancy (New Hampshire Chapter)

Honors & Distinctions

  • Recipient of New Hampshire Business & Industry Association “2013 Above and Beyond Award”
  • Delegate to New Hampshire’s Landfill Study Commission (2007-08)
  • New Hampshire Department of Justice Ethics Committee (2005-08)
  • Noted in American Lawyer magazine on significant power plant settlement

Publications

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