With a proven record of success and a reputation for reliability, municipalities throughout Maine and New Hampshire turn to Preti Flaherty's Municipal Law and Finance Group to guide them through the legal concerns of municipal governance, providing trusted counsel in times of crisis.

Our attorneys provide a full suite of municipal legal services and insight on a broad spectrum of municipal issues, including:

  • Town Meetings and Elections
  • Municipal Charters, Ordinances, and Contracts
  • Appropriations, Municipal Bond Authorizations, and Budgetary Matters
  • Planning, Zoning, and Land Use
  • Publicly Financed Construction Projects and Eminent Domain
  • Code and Ordinance Enforcement
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Taxation of Real Estate
  • Labor Relations, Arbitrations, and Employment Law Issues
  • Educational Planning and Finance for Municipal and Regional School Units
  • Government Relations and Advocacy Before the Legislature
  • Freedom of Access Act (FOAA), Right-To-Know Law issues
  • Tort Claims Act Cases
  • Litigation

The Municipal Law and Finance Group is led by Stephen E. F. Langsdorf and Kristin M. Collins in Maine, and Mark H. Puffer in New Hampshire, and complemented by several preeminent municipal attorneys in both Maine and New Hampshire. Actively engaged in the municipal law community, we are regularly called upon to provide educational trainings and workshops to municipal leadership, department supervisors, and staff on a wide range of employment compliance, data security, and technology issues that impact municipalities. Members of our team frequently liaison with the media and assist with communications, providing necessary legal context in the midst of breaking municipal developments.

A Comprehensive Approach to Municipal Counsel

Our team understands that municipal law is not one-size-fits-all. Successfully serving public clients requires a comprehensive, versatile approach that acknowledges what makes each municipality unique. We currently serve as counsel to over 23 municipalities in Maine and New Hampshire, all with varying population size, geography, governance structure, potential legal obstacles, and development opportunities. All have access to a legal team on stand-by and ready to help successfully maneuver any challenge.

Our attorneys also focus on representing cities and towns on financing important municipal projects, providing strategic counsel to municipal leadership through every stage of each transaction. When tax increment projects involve the issuance of bonds, we serve as municipal bond counsel, assisting with bond transactions, and preparing and reviewing authorizing statutes, bond resolutions and indentures, official statements and disclosure, bond purchase contracts, SEC rule 15c2-12 continuing disclosure agreements, and other documents required for bond issues. Our finance attorneys routinely advise municipalities on all types of tax-driven real estate investments, including historic rehabilitation tax credit transactions, tax increment financing (TIF), tax-exempt lease transactions, Capital Fund Financing Program (HUD), real estate tax abatements, tax-exempt bond financing, letters of credit, liquidity facilities, and interest rate swaps.

We work closely with the firm's Land Use and Permitting, Real Estate, Environmental, Legislative, Construction Law, Litigation, Employment Law, and Public Finance groups to provide a comprehensive approach to complex municipal issues when necessary.

Planning Today for Security Tomorrow

Our goal is to provide day-to-day counsel that our clients trust. We build relationships that will endure so that the people and institutions we serve can feel confident in the face of whatever challenges arise in the future.

Firm Highlights


David B. Van Slyke Named Preti Flaherty Managing Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that, in a unanimous vote, the firm’s partnership has elected attorney David B. Van Slyke as its incoming Managing Partner. David is one of the preeminent environmental lawyers...


Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named attorney Benjamin S. Piper as a partner. Ben is a member of the firm's Environmental, Litigation, and Media Law Practice Groups and works...


Maine WC Appellate Division Addresses Refusal of Suitable Work and Notice

The Maine Workers' Compensation Appellate Division recently addressed cases dealing with refusal of suitable work and notice. Both decisions rely heavily on the specific facts of each case. In the context of a refusal...


Maine WC Alert: MAE Unit Publishes Guidance on Compliance with Recent Amendments

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board’s Monitoring, Audit & Enforcement Unit has issued a document to provide guidance on complying with certain recent amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act in P.L. 2019, c. 344 (LD...


Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorney Martha L. Fox to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorney Martha L. Fox has joined the firm as a member of our Business Law and Taxation practice groups, serving clients from the Portland office. Martha is...


Tony Manhart and Jason Howe Present Top Ten Construction Contract Tips for ABC of Maine

As part of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Maine Contractor Series, Preti Flaherty attorneys Tony Manhart and Jason Howe will present the Top Ten tips for AIA contracts. ABC is a national association with 72...


Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Andrew I. Roth-Wells has joined the firm as a Government Relations Liaison. Andrew will help manage legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for the firm’s Government Affairs Team...


Bankruptcy Alert: Significant Implications of the New Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019

Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) On August 23, 2019, President Trump signed the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) (the “SBRA”) into law.  Lenders should be aware of the...


Maine WC Alert: Updated Version of Notice of Controversy (WCB-9) Must Be Used Effective February 1, 2020

Following the recent statutory changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has updated the language in Box 22 of the Notice of Controversy. This new version should be used as...

Press Coverage

Bangor superintendent blocked BDN reporter on Twitter after critical news coverage

In an apparent violation of the First Amendment, Bangor schools superintendent Betsy Webb temporarily blocked a journalist on Twitter following a report that news of a student suicide was announced over the loudspeaker at...