Preti Flaherty Attorney Michael Lane Named Maine Real Estate & Development Association Public Policy Committee Co-Chair

Preti Flaherty announced today that Michael L. Lane has been named Co-Chair of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association Board of Directors (MEREDA) Public Policy Committee. MEREDA is a statewide nonprofit organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and related service providers. Vice President and Public Policy Committee Chair, Gary D. Vogel said of Lane, “[Mike] brings a strong and diverse background on a variety of land use and development matters to MEREDA’s Public Policy Committee.”

MEREDA’s Public Policy Committee is active during legislative sessions, identifying and reviewing pending bills and regulations of interest to its more than 300 members. The committee’s efforts give voice to the concerns of the commercial real estate industry, presenting the industry’s views to lawmakers in Augusta, influencing and shaping proposed laws and regulations, as well as initiating new ones when necessary, to help drive economic activity in Maine.

Lane is a Partner and chair of Preti Flaherty's Real Estate Group out of the firm’s Portland, Maine, office, where he leads a strong practice handling complex real estate, including acquisitions, sales, operating agreements, supply agreements, underwriting titles, development compliance and permitting. He routinely appears before municipal planning boards, the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) and the Department of Environmental Protection to permit residential, commercial and industrial projects.

He also serves as Vice President and General Counsel to Charter Title Company, LLC, Preti Flaherty's wholly owned subsidiary, a respected agent for a number of nationally recognized title insurance companies. He has substantial experience in underwriting and negotiating title insurance coverages involving multisite, multimillion dollar commercial transactions, particularly energy, industrial and timberland properties, covering Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.