Biography

Kristin is a Partner in the Municipal Law and Finance Group and co-chair of the Municipal Broadband Group, practicing from the firm’s Augusta office. She works with municipalities, landowners, developers, and citizens’ groups to find practical, efficient, and politically sensible approaches to issues touching on all areas of municipal law, including zoning, permitting, licensing, employment and labor, litigation, and finance. 

Starting her career as a staff attorney at Maine Municipal Association, Kristin developed the knowledge needed to answer a high volume of inquiries from hundreds of Maine municipalities per year. In private practice, she has worked with some of Maine’s largest service center communities and some of its smallest towns, advising managers, councils, selectmen, land use boards, planners, HR managers, and code officers. She also assists individuals and companies in navigating the many political and legal challenges they may face in seeking permits and approvals, and provides general counsel to independent schools on policy-writing, contracts, personnel matters, and state and federal mandates.

Kristin’s clients value the relationships she has built over her long municipal practice and her pragmatic approach to solving problems. She is a trusted ally to the municipal officials she serves, and has the respect of those before whom she appears. Kristin is a frequent, well-regarded presenter around the state, teaching seminars and workshops on municipal legal matters.

Kristin has practiced before many Maine courts and administrative agencies, and successfully argued several appeals before Maine's Law Court. She obtained her undergraduate degree in International Relations from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and earned her law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.

Professional Activities

  • Maine Bar Association

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project 

Publications/Presentations

  • Published reference manuals and informational materials on behalf of the Maine Municipal Association
  • Presented Legal Year in Review sessions on Municipal and Administrative Law
  • Presented annual training sessions for municipal officials
  • Presented workshops for municipal code enforcement officers, assessors, and other officials
  • Presented at Preti Flaherty's annual Employment Law Seminar

Firm Highlights

Publication

Municipal Update: Effect of Recent Supreme Court Decision on Sale of Tax Foreclosed Properties

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in  Tyler v. Hennepin County, Minnesota  (598 U.S. _____ (2023)). The Supreme Court held that Hennepin County had violated the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause by...

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Municipal Update: Maine Legislature Acts to Clarify Sales of Tax-Acquired Properties

Early this week, in response to the  United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in  Tyler v. Hennepin County, Minnesota  (598 U.S. (2023)) , the Maine Legislature passed emergency legislation establishing a new process for...

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Maine Law Amended to Require More Details When Public Employees Disciplined

Governor Mills recently signed a bill amending the public disclosure requirements for public employees who have been disciplined. Although widely reported as applying to police misconduct, the law applies to all government employees. The...

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Maine Legislature (Again) Changes Process for Selling Tax-Acquired Properties (LD 2262)

On April 16, 2024, the Governor signed LD 2262, “An Act to Amend the Process for the Sale of Foreclosed Properties Due to Nonpayment of Taxes.”  In June 2023, in response to the United...

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Supreme Court Rules Certain Impact Fees Unconstitutional

A recent Supreme Court ruling in  Sheetz v. County of El Dorado  makes it clear that impact fees adopted by a legislative body may work as an unconstitutional taking of property. The Issue: This...

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Maine Municipal Legislative Update

The second regular session of the 131st Maine Legislature has been particularly impactful for Maine’s municipalities, with further shrinking of home rule authority, new and onerous procedures for property tax sales, and many other...