Representative Matters

  • Calais LNG—Preti Flaherty's Land Use and Permitting attorneys assisted Calais LNG in obtaining all of the necessary local land permits to construct a $1B state-of-the-art liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal and accompanying 28-mile send-out pipeline in Downeast Maine. The project required complex consultation processes and permitting efforts under the Clean Water Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act and various state statutes involving numerous federal and state agencies, including FERC, DOI, USCG, Army Corps, Maine DEP and the Maine State Planning Office, as well as local governments.
  • Our firm represented a Canadian-based energy company, with international operations, through the complex acquisition of an extensive network of 26 hydroelectric and storage facilities located throughout Maine. This fast-moving transaction went from commencement of due diligence to closing, including regulatory approvals, in less than four months.
  • Madrid Township Gravel Pit—Preti attorneys represented an aggregate facility before the Maine Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) and secured unanimous approval for its operation in Madrid Township. The permitting process involved numerous procedural challenges, two site visits and a special meeting, after which a 10-year operating permit was granted.
  • Hotel and Residential Condominium Project—Preti Flaherty represented a developer in a combined hotel and residential condominium project. We handled the purchase and sale agreement for the acquisition of the property, as well as a conditional rezoning. We represented the client before the city planning board and city council and secured a site plan and subdivision approval. We also assisted the client with a Voluntary Response Action Plan (VRAP), protecting the client from any future environmental liability claims.
  • Kennebunkport, Maine subdivision development—We represented the developer of a residential subdivision development in the heart of Kennebunkport, Maine. The plan called for a mix of different types of residential housing over the 87-acre parcel and is the largest residential development in the town's history.
  • Camden Affordable Housing / Lupine Terrace—We represented the Camden Affordable Housing Organization in connection with its development of "Lupine Terrace," a 24-unit workforce housing project in Camden, Maine. The project is Camden's largest subdivision and will provide housing to moderate income working families in Maine's least affordable housing market. Our Land Use and Permitting Group coordinated the subdivision permitting for Lupine Terrace and represented the client in Superior Court in connection with an appeal by certain abutters.
  • New Page—We represented New Page, the owner in the sale of the hydroelectric assets of the Rumford Falls Power Co. in Rumford, Maine, an affiliate of Brookfield, formerly known as Brascan, at a purchase price in excess of $100 million. The electrical generating facility and adjacent paper mill had been operated as an integrated operation, requiring intricate real estate structuring, including shared water rights and cross-easements. The matter also involved complex contractual arrangements for the sharing of key infrastructure components during a post-sale transition period.
  • Saddleback, Inc.—We represented Saddleback, Inc. following its purchase in 2003 of a ski area and over 8,000 acres on Saddleback Mountain. Our Land Use and Permitting Group and Real Estate Group assisted the family owners in transforming the existing ski resort into an environmentally sensitive, affordable, family-oriented vacation area. We successfully took Saddleback's interests before LURC and gained subdivision permits to allow additional ski trails and 54 condominium units. We continue to coordinate additional aspects of the project – creating condominiums and house lots (with appropriate architectural control covenants). We also assisted Saddleback in presenting its 10-year development plan for approval at LURC.
  • Maine Turnpike Authority—Our long-term relationship with the Maine Turnpike Authority included involvement at all stages in the permitting and contracting for its numerous projects, which include building, bridges and highways.

Firm Highlights


Preti Flaherty Litigation Practice Group Adds Four New Attorneys

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the addition of four experienced Associates to the firm’s Litigation Practice Group: Stephen Garvey, Michael Hanify, Hanna May, and Tiffany Ottenga. Stephen Garvey is a graduate of Boston...


Matt Warner Named to Cannabis Law Journal Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers 2023

Preti Flaherty attorney and Cannabis Business Group member Matt Warner has been named to the list of Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers for 2023-2024. A joint publication of  Cannabis Law Report and  Cannabis Law...

Press Coverage

Maine Media Organizations Oppose Foreign Electioneering Ban

Question 2 on Maine’s November ballot asserts that corporations owned or controlled by foreign governments do not have the same rights to political speech as companies here in the U.S. and that foreign governments should be prohibited...


How to navigate the legal side of nondisclosure agreements

Preti Flaherty attorney Kristy Abraham has authored an article for  MaineBiz  on navigating the legal side of nondisclosure agreements (NDAs), outlining six questions for organizations to review before entering into a NDA.

Press Coverage

Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting Wins Public Records Dispute with York County Jail


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...


Jeffrey Talbert Named to American College of Environmental Lawyers

Jeffrey Talbert, Chair of Preti Flaherty’s Environmental Law Group, has been invited to become a Fellow in the distinguished American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL). Membership in the premiere association of environmental lawyers is by...


131st Maine Legislature End of Session Update

The First Regular Session of the 131st Legislature was expected to end on June 15th or soon after. Instead, the First Regular Session ended on March 30th, and the Governor signed the “continuing services&rdquo...


2023 Maine Employment Law Summit

For nearly 30 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law team has provided Maine employers with practical guidance and best practices at our annual Employment Law Summit. Join us  Thursday, October 5  for the 2023 Employment...


Schutz and Harriman Author Article for MLRC on Mill's Veto of Constitutionally Fraught Legislation

In an article for the Media Law Resource Center's July 2023 Media Law Letter,  Preti Flaherty attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman explore Gov. Janet Mills' recent veto of L.D. 1610, “An Act to Prohibit Campaign Spending...