Member Information
Robin L. Main

Hinckley Allen & Snyder, LLP

100 Westminster Street, Suite 1500
Providence, RI02903

Robin is Co Chair of Hinckley Allen's Environmental and Energy Practice Groups with over 30 years of experience in advising clients on regulatory and permitting matters. Robin represents clients in proceedings before administrative agencies in addition to state and federal courts. Robin has handled some of the most complex and significant environmental and energy matters in the region including permitting for the first offshore wind farm in the United States, the largest tort suit for groundwater contamination in Rhode Island, and the redevelopment of many acres of contaminated land for the construction of a national banks headquarters. Robin also works on permitting for large renewable energy projects, including wind farms and solar facilities.

Work Phone:
401 457 5278

EPA Region:
Region 1 – (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT)
Year of induction:
Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1989 University of New Hampshire, B.A., 1986
Connecticut Massachusetts Rhode Island
Professional Societies and Organizations:
Energy Bar Association (EBA) Federal Bar Association Rhode Island Society of Environmental Professionals (RISEP) The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Member Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy Environmental Business Council
Illustrative Projects:
Represented the first offshore wind farm in the United States in a complicated permitting process before the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council under the Councils then newly adopted Ocean Special Area Management Plan. Also successfully represented the wind farm before the Rhode Island Superior and Supreme Court in cases challenging the permitting process Routinely represents utilities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts before federal and state environmental agencies on permitting and the cleanup of legacy sites including former manufactured gas plant and holder sites Helps construction companies in navigating environmental compliance issues and regularly represents construction companies in federal and state environmental enforcement actions under water, wetlands and remediation laws Routinely advises businesses in defending against and in negotiating penalties in enforcement actions brought by federal and state environmental agencies involving releases of oil and hazardous materials, air discharges including asbestos, and water discharges Counsels real property and financial institutions on handling and mitigating environmental risks associated with transactions including with the use of brownfields agreements and environmental insurance
Citations of Major Published Cases:
Shields v. Deepwater Wind et al., (Rhode Island Supreme) 2015 Chandler v. Nantucket Electric Company et al., (Mass Superior) 2013 Ives v. Deepwater Wind et al, (RI Superior) 2013 Corvello v. New Eng. Gas Co., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 102678 (2008) Narragansett Elec. Co. v. Constellation Energy Commodities Group, Inc., 563 F.Supp.2d 325 (2008) Charter Intl Oil Co. v. Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co., 558 F.Supp.2d 209 (2008) United States v. Davis, 31 F.Supp.2d 45 (1998) URI Cogeneration Partners L.P. v. Board of Governors for Higher Educ., 915 F.Supp. 1267 (1996) Grady v. Narragansett Elec. Co., 962 A.2d 34 (2009)