We bring new development and redevelopment projects to the finish line. While this process can be a maze of regulatory and bureaucratic obstacles, Preti Flaherty’s attorneys have extensive experience overcoming the hurdles through every phase of development. We specialize in simplifying complex land use and permitting matters, and turning plans and drawings into towers, pipelines, bricks and mortar. From the initial design and planning phase to zoning, permitting and financing through to construction and operation, we provide strategic and tactical guidance to help make any development project a reality.

Our attorneys provide land use and permitting advice, guidance and leadership in many contexts and areas, including:

  • Federal, state and municipal permitting and other government approvals
    • EPA
    • Army Corps
    • FERC
    • State regulatory
    • FAA
    • FCC
    • Presidential permits
  • Land development and redevelopment agreements
  • Contract zoning agreements
  • Subdivision planning and site plan review
  • Federal, state and municipal government approvals
  • Variances and special use permits
  • Operational licenses and signoffs
  • Environmental auditing
  • Brownfields and Voluntary Cleanup Plans
  • Environmental insurance
  • Timberland transactions, conservation easements and land conservation
  • Financing
  • Zoning and land use opinions
  • Zoning, land use and eminent domain litigation

Streamlined from start to finish

We advise landowners, developers, municipalities, investors and other clients in navigating the intricacies and ins-and-outs of a wide range of development projects, including linear energy, wind power (on shore and off-shore), tidal, solar, and hydro-power projects. Through our extensive knowledge and experience we know what to look out for so we can effectively plan and avoid time-consuming and expensive obstacles. We’ve reviewed site plans, cut through red tape, gained approvals, and identified problems and opportunities for development projects big and small. Preti Flaherty’s experience and successful track record in the region is unmatched.

Firm Highlights

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Preti Flaherty Attorney Tim Bryant Selected by Franchise Times as “Legal Eagle”

For the fourteenth consecutive year, Preti Flaherty attorney Tim Bryant has been recognized as a Franchise Times magazine “Legal Eagle.” Nominated by their peers, franchise attorneys chosen for this honor are considered among the...

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Attorney Crystal L. Bulges Joins Preti Flaherty’s Environmental Practice Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorney Crystal L. Bulges has joined the firm’s Environmental Practice Group, working in the Portland office. Crystal brings to the firm more than 20 years of experience...

Press Coverage

From Maine to Kushan: Teaching the U.S. Legal System in China

Preti Flaherty attorney Jeff Thaler was recently the subject of an essay written by one of his former students at Duke Kushan University (DKU). In 2019, Jeff spent time at DKU serving as a...

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FY2023 H-1B Season – Key Facts for Employers

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the H-1B initial registration period for the FY 2023 cap is scheduled to open at noon ET on March 1, 2022 and will remain open until noon ET...

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Proposed EPA Rule Would Tighten Emissions Standards at Affected Power Plants and Industrial Sources

On April 6, the U.S. EPA published a proposed rule to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NO x ) in 26 states that the agency says are impacting the ability of downwind states to...

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Identifying and Preventing Inappropriate Comments at Work

Employers are starting to establish a new workplace normal. Employees are often returning to work in an environment that is dramatically different than the one they left two years ago. How we communicate with...

Press Coverage

More Reminders of the Shortcomings of Maine’s Freedom of Access Law

As part of an editorial marking Sunshine Week , the annual celebration started by the American Society of News Editors to recognize the importance of open government, Preti Flaherty attorney Sig Schutz is quoted by the  Bangor...

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H-2B Temporary Visas: Additional 35,000 Coming in Second Half of FY 2022

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the forthcoming publication of a joint temporary final rule to make available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas...

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Preti Flaherty Files Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology

Preti Flaherty attorneys Greg Hansel, Shana Solomon, Ellie Quinby, and Katherine Oaks filed a human trafficking and forced labor lawsuit against the Church of Scientology on behalf of three plaintiffs claiming decades of forced...

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Employers May See Increased Accommodation Requests in 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a multitude of challenges for employers. As more employees return to the office in 2022—whether full-time or on a hybrid schedule—employers will face difficult compliance questions and, most likely...