Preti Flaherty represents saw mills, lumber companies, land management companies and industrial land owners with legal issues that are unique to the forest products and timberlands industry. Our Forest Products attorneys orchestrate complex timberlands transactions and help clients secure state and federal funding. The Group recently assisted a lumber mill in securing grants to develop a highly-efficient biomass-fueled cogeneration plant to cut its electricity costs.

From mill or timberland sales and acquisitions, to energy or permitting issues, to immigration or legislative matters, Preti Flaherty attorneys fully understand the current trends in the natural resources and forest products industry and team up across many practice areas to provide legal counsel in the following areas:

Forest Products and Timberlands Transactions:

  • Operating agreements
  • Wood supply agreements
  • Underwriting timberland titles

Real Estate and Title Insurance:

  • Acquisitions (purchase of mills, timberlands and processing facilities)
  • Sales
  • Title insurer for US and Canadian timberlands


  • Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC)
  • Permitting of pulp and paper mills and associated hydroelectric, biomass and other energy assets



  • Management of client energy needs and opportunities, including connecting clients with grants and incentive funding for energy projects.


  • Canadian work visas
  • H2A/H2B issues
  • Immigration applications/appeals


  • Lending (representing borrowers during acquisitions)
  • Bankruptcy (collection matters, contracts/personal property, construction contracts)