Representative Matters

  • Lindsay, Goldberg, Bessemer - Assisted Lindsay, Goldberg & Bessemer (LGB), a New York-based private equity firm, with purchasing a ten-year license to operate the State of Maine's wholesale liquor business – a monopoly that netted the state over $25 million in profits a year. Severin and Preti Flaherty's Legislative Group worked with state leaders to enact landmark legislation authorizing the State to accept bids on the business. LGB made their offer, but didn't win the contract. 
  • Harper's Development - In one of central Maine's most significant economic transactions, Preti Flaherty represented Harper's Development in the acquisition of, and debt and equity financing for, the 310,000 square foot SCI Sanmina building in Augusta, one of the largest manufacturing buildings in central Maine. The transaction effectively transformed a defunct manufacturing facility into an office park that houses over 1100 employees, including a 300-employee call center and numerous government offices.
  • Trade Mission to France - As Honorary Consul of France in Maine, Severin was instrumental in organizing Governor Baldacci's trade mission to France in 2005, which generated more than 5 million dollars in first-year sales.
  • Plum Creek - For Plum Creek, the nation's largest private landowner, Severin led a team that petitioned Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) to rezone nearly 420,000 acres of land in Northern Maine. After proceedings lasting three and a half years, Plum Creek's petition to rezone was unanimously approved by LURC. The Concept Plan is the largest development plan in Maine history and the effort was by far the most complex and contentious regulatory proceeding in Maine history. The rezoning authorizes Plum Creek to develop approximately 16,000 acres for 975 house lots and land for two resorts on Moosehead Lake. The Plan sets aside conservation easements of 392,000 acres to be permanently preserved as sustainable forestry and establishes a significant affordable housing program.

Firm Highlights

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November 2022 Election Update

Maine State House Most of us who are obsessed with electoral politics expected a tight Gubernatorial race and, if not changes in control of the House or Senate, much closer margins between the majority...

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Pre-Session Legislative Update

LD 3 “An Act to Establish the Winter Energy Relief Payment Program to Aid Residents with High Heating Costs and to Finalize the COVID Pandemic Relief Payment Program” After Governor Mills’ heating and housing...

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Portland Referenda and Legislative Leadership Update

In addition to all the state and national legislative races that were (mostly) decided by Wednesday morning, there were also 13 referendum questions on the Portland municipal ballot and one in Bar Harbor of...

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Committee Assignments

Committee assignments for the 131st Maine State Legislature have been made public. This article from the Bangor Daily News mentions some of the most interesting choices made by Senate President Jackson and Speaker Rachel...

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46 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2023, Including 6 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-six Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2023, including three “Ones to Watch” and six “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is considered a...

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Swearing-In Day Summary

Presiding Officers, Parliamentarians, and Constitutional Officers  The first day of the 131st Legislature was relatively uneventful, and what was most notable is what didn’t happen – the Governor’s emergency energy relief bill. The results...

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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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Attorney Severin Beliveau Selected by Peers as “Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers in America 2023

Preti Flaherty attorney Severin M. Beliveau has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2023 as the “Lawyer of the Year” in the field of Government Relations Practice. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is...

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Pre-Session Leadership Update

Since our last update before Thanksgiving, House Democrats have chosen their leadership team. They have chosen Rep. Rachel Talbot-Ross, D-Portland, as their candidate for Speaker of the House, the Hon. Rob Hunt to continue...

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November 2022 Election Update

Maine State House Most of us who are obsessed with electoral politics expected a tight Gubernatorial race and, if not changes in control of the House or Senate, much closer margins between the majority...