Portland, ME 207.772.1941

Portsmouth, NH 603.433.3317

Manchester, NH 603.716.2895

Lebanon, NH 603.448.2221800.727.1941



Colby College, B.A., with honors (1995)

University of Maine School of Law, J.D., cum laude (2001)

Adam R. Cote


207.253.0531 Direct

207.772.3627 Fax


84 Marginal Way, Suite 600
Portland, ME 04101-2480

Assistant: Ashley Lemelin

Adam Cote leads Drummond Woodsum’s Energy and Utilities Practice group and is also a member of Drummond Woodsum Strategic Consulting. He brings substantial knowledge and in depth understanding of public policy, organizational development, law and regulation. His legal practice focuses primarily on renewable energy providers, start-ups and regulated utilities. He has provided advice and counsel to many clients on renewable energy development, the wholesale purchase of electricity, the development of renewable energy credit policies, and renewable portfolio standards. He also has significant experience in energy storage, demand response and non-transmission alternative technologies.

Adam has also been deeply involved in politics for many years.  Most recently, Adam was a candidate for Governor in Maine, placing a close second  out of seven candidates in the Democratic primary.

Adam was a co-founder and CEO of Thermal Energy Storage of Maine, a company that worked closely with utilities and renewable energy providers to promote thermal energy storage in New England. Adam also previously worked as an energy attorney at Pierce Atwood in Portland, where his practice included advising countries such as Albania, Bosnia and Croatia on behalf of USAID on ways to restructure their energy sectors and encourage outside investment.

In 2014 Adam was named a White House “Champion of Change” by the Obama Administration as one of twelve veterans nationally recognized for “advancing clean energy and climate security.”

In addition, Adam served as a member of the Maine Army National Guard for twenty years and  deployed to Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In Iraq, he created the “Adopt an Iraqi Village Program” which distributed toys, school supplies and household items to Iraqi villages. In Afghanistan, Adam served as a company commander in Maine’s 133rd Engineer Battalion. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Badge, along with numerous other awards and distinctions.

Adam was born and raised in Sanford and still lives there with his wife and five young children. He has served on numerous local and statewide boards and is active in coaching youth sports.