Marcia A. Brown
Senior Counsel

Marcia focuses her practice on a variety of state and federal regulatory matters: environmental law, public utility law, and energy law.  She has over two decades of experience in State government and in working with federal regulators.  She is a member of the firm’s Environmental and Energy Practice Groups.

Prior to joining the firm, she was a senior staff attorney with the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission:  representing Staff in complex proceedings including rate cases, franchise requests, acquisitions, eminent domain, financings, pipeline safety, DigSafe, and energy efficiency issues.  Marcia has extensive experience with utility ratemaking.

Marcia previously served as the Assistant Consumer Advocate and represented the interests of New Hampshire’s residential ratepayers before State and Federal agencies.

Additionally, in past positions with the State, she served as the State’s Federal Consistency Coordinator under the Coastal Zone Management Act.  She served on the State’s Site Evaluation Committee and Wetlands Appeals Council.  She conducted workshops on Brownfields’ issues and the Public Trust Doctrine.  She is particularly proud of having secured federal grant funds to redevelop Brownfields’ sites throughout coastal New Hampshire (including Essex Mill in Newmarket).

She attained her J.D. at Vermont Law School in 1995, her Masters of Studies in Environmental Law, cum laude in 1992, and her B.A. in English at the University of New Hampshire in 1985.

Marcia will be working in our Concord, New Hampshire office and may be contacted by phone at (603) 226-2600 or e-mail to mab@rathlaw.com

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Education and Bar Admissions

Education:

  • Vermont Law School, J.D.
  • Vermont Law School, Masters of Studies in Environmental Law, cum laude
  • University of New Hampshire, B.A., English

Bar Admissions:

  • New Hampshire
Representative Matters
  • Appeals of Department of Environmental Services administrative decisions
  • Appeals of Environmental Protection Agency permits
  • Provide guidance on state and federal requirements governing developing within Brownfields
  • Representation before state and federal regulatory agencies
Community Involvement
  • Kittery Point Yacht Club, Board Member, Secretary
  • Piscataqua Sailing Association
  • Concord Cooperative Market, Board of Directors, Secretary (2009-2011)
  • State Employees Association of N.H., SEIU Local 1984, Charge and Trial Board, Chair (2008-2009)and Negotiating Team, Secretary (2004-2005)
  • Camp Wanakee Summer Youth Camp Director (1998-2008)
  • Professional Activities
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Gender Equality Committee, Member
  • New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association, Board Member
  • American Bar Association – Environment, Energy, and Resources Section, Member
  • New Hampshire Association for Justice, Member
  • New England Women in Energy and Environment (NEWIEE), Member
  • Vermont Law School Moot Court Program, Former Judge
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law Moot Court Program, Former Judge
  • New Hampshire Technical Institute, Adjunct, Paralegal Studies Program (2011 to present)
  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Rate School, Faculty
  • NARUC, Staff Subcommittee on Water (2009-2014)
  • Coastal States Organization, Legal Council (1996-1999)
Noteworthy
  • Raising Revenue for an Adequate Education in New Hampshire, 20 Vt. L. Rev. 1001 (1996). An evaluation of present school funding and future funding options available for funding education in this State.
  • Putting the Public Trust Doctrine to Work, Coastal States Organization, Inc., June 1997, contributor.
  • Environmental Law – Promoting Climate Action through Energy Efficiency, N.H. Bar News, May 15, 2009.
  • Book Review: In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate by Nancy Gertner, N.H. Bar News, July 16, 2014.
  • Marcia Brown presented “Legal Aspect of Rate Regulation” at National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Rate School (October 2014)