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


End of Session Update

The Second Regular Session of the 130th Maine State Legislature finally adjourned Sine Die, or “without day”, on Monday, May 9. Lawmakers voted on the 5 vetoes sent to them by Governor Mills, and...


Legislative Update: First Legislative Council Vote on Legislative Requests

On Monday, October 25 th , the Legislative Council met to vote on which of the 330 legislative requests (LRs), submitted by legislators, would be allowed to move forward and be considered in the...


Legislative Alert: Convening of the 2nd Regular Session of the 130th Legislature

The Second Regular Session of the 130 th Legislature will convene next Wednesday, January 5 th at 10 a.m. This is intended to be an in-person session of both the House and Senate with...


Legislative Alert: Special Session, Redistricting, and Cloture

The Legislature gathered for a Special Session last week, September 29 th , to vote on legislative redistricting. The final agreement passed successfully and with strong bipartisan support in both the House and the...


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...


Legislative Alert: Legislative Racial Impact Statements Coming Soon

In the session that ended in June, the Legislature passed a bill to create a Subcommittee to Implement a Racial Impact Statement Process Pilot .  This is a subcommittee of the Legislative Council and...


Maine Legislative Update: Second Session of the 130th Legislature

Unexpected losses Sadly, we learned of the passing of two legislators in the past few days. It was announced on Friday, January 28th, that longtime Democratic legislator and current House member, Representative John Tuttle...


Legislative Alert: Redistricting Analysis

Below is an analysis of the recently enacted Maine State Senate redistricting and the potential impact this may have in the next election cycle. This comes with the caveat that the feelings of the...