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


Legislative Alert: Governor Janet Mills' Stage 4 Announcement

Governor Janet Mills announced Tuesday afternoon that Maine will enter Stage 4 of its four-stage Restarting Maine’s Economy Plan on October 13, 2020. Stage 4 will allow for increased indoor capacity during the winter...


Legislative Alert: Governor Janet Mills Updates the Keep Maine Healthy Program

Last month, Governor Mills made a number of adjustments to the state’s Keep Maine Healthy Program, allowing for greater capacity for indoor dining, establishing opening dates for indoor service at bars and tasting rooms...


46 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2022, Including 3 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-six Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2022, including four “Ones to Watch” and three “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is considered a...


Legislative Alert: Legislative Leadership Election Update

The Senate Democratic Caucus met on November 5 th and, as expected, re-elected their current leadership team. Thus Senate President Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook), Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby (D-Androscoggin), and Senate Majority Assistant Leader...


Legislative Alert: Maine Legislators receive their upcoming committee assignments

As was promised by Senate President Troy Jackson, the presiding officers of the Maine Senate and House announced committee assignments for the recently sworn in 130th Legislature this afternoon. This is roughly a week...


Legislative Alert: 2020 Election and State House Update

(Current as of 11/4/20 at 2:30 PM EST) Presidential Maine is one of two states in the country that splits its electoral votes. As in 2016, this turned Maine’s more rural 2nd Congressional District...


Legislative Alert: House Democratic and Senate Republican Leadership Elections

Senate Republicans held their leadership votes on Tuesday, November 10 th . As expected, Senator Jeff Timberlake was elected as Republican Leader. Both Senator Matt Pouliot and Senator Trey Stewart ran to be the...


Legislative Alert: First Week of the Legislative Session Update

The 130 th Maine State Legislature convened on Wednesday, December 2 nd to be sworn-in, to elect the Speaker and the Senate President, and to elect Maine’s Constitutional Officers. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic...


Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...


Governor Janet Mills Releases Maine Supplemental and Biennial Budgets

Governor Mills released both the Supplemental and the Biennial Budgets today. The Revenue Forecasting Committee has estimated a $650 million revenue shortfall in 2021 – 2023 combined. In his presentation to the Appropriations Committee...