Biography

Steve supports clients by taking their interests before state and federal regulators and legislators as a member of the firm’s Energy and Telecommunications, Environmental and Government Affairs Practice Groups. A skilled regulatory attorney and lobbyist, Steve has represented his clients’ interests in regulatory, ratemaking and contract negotiation proceedings before the Maine Public Utilities Commission, FERC, DOE, EPA and the State Department, as well as state agencies in half a dozen states.  He has lobbied in multiple state capitols, including Boston and Augusta, as well as having spent six years lobbying on federal energy, environmental and natural resource issues in Washington, DC.

Steve’s client experiences lie primarily in manufacturing, energy and project development where he has represented some of Maine's largest manufacturers and energy generators as well as offshore wind, solar and hydroelectric power developers. He also has represented both water and electric utilities at state legislatures and regulatory agencies.  Steve also participated in the preparation of multiple appellate briefs on decisions of the Maine PUC affecting the interests of his clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Steve served as in-house counsel, and later as Assistant Director of National Affairs, for Boise Cascade Corporation and held several regulatory executive roles at the Mead Corporation and its successor company, MeadWestvaco Corporation, before founding and operating a lobbying and public affairs firm in Maine. 

Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors, Maine State Chamber of Commerce

Honors & Recognition

  • Listed in Woodward/White's The Best Lawyers in America

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Forest Products Council Policy
  • Pulp & Paper Committees

Firm Highlights

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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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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...

News

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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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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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...

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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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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...

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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...