Municipal Law and Finance

Municipal Law and Finance

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 Municipal BroadbandLand 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

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What Are My Options If My H-1B Registration Was Not Selected?

The H-1B nonimmigrant visa category allows employers to sponsor foreign nationals performing work in a “specialty occupation.” This typically requires an offer of employment in a job requiring at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree...

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Changes Affecting Employment Authorization for L-2, E, and H-4 Dependent Spouses

On November 12, 2021, USCIS announced that L-2 and E dependent spouses are no longer required to apply for an EAD to work in the United States. Instead, L-2 and E dependent spouses are...

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

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

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Court Orders State Police to Reveal More Details About Misconduct by Troopers

Previously concealed records of trooper misconduct by the Maine State Police must be provided in response to public records requests by the press, according to a ruling by Judge William R. Anderson of Penobscot Superior...

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Five Major Norwegian Salmon Companies Agree to $85 Million Settlement in Antitrust Case

Preti Flaherty announced today that a Miami federal Court has granted preliminary approval to an $85 million settlement agreement in an antitrust case involving alleged price fixing of farmed salmon sold in the United...

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Racial Justice Fund Seeks Applications for Second Round of Grants

The Maine Justice Foundation is pleased to announce the second round of grants from the Racial Justice Fund. The Foundation will accept applications for grants of up to $10,000 from June 1-15, 2022. The...

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Sixteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Sixteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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How Does the Collapse of Roe v. Wade Impact Employer Health Plans?

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its prior decisions in  Roe v. Wade  and  Planned Parenthood v. Casey , which held that the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from banning abortion or...

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Primary Round-Up

Primary Round-Up As you are probably aware, primary elections in Maine took place on Tuesday, June 14, and there were a handful that could be significant to the general election outcome in November. Congressional...

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Maine State Police Announces Restructuring After 3 Weeks of Declining to Share Details

On June 10, the Maine State Police announced plans to reorganize troop deployment and delegation of manpower in line with revised law enforcement priorities. The announcement follows several weeks of secretive posturing and a lack...