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

Firm Highlights

Publication

Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Announces New Nature and Cause of Injury Codes and FAQ for COVID-19

New Nature & Cause of Injury Codes The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has updated the Injury Description Tables that are used by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) to...

News

Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2020 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2020 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

News

Attorney Betsy E. Wakefield Joins Preti Flaherty’s Business Law Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Betsy E. Wakefield has joined the firm. Betsy will practice with the Business Law Group from the firm’s Portland office, where she will be counseling banking and...

Press Coverage

Maine - Waterville Coronavirus Panel Illegally Met in Secret

A Waterville City Council coronavirus subcommittee formed in response to the outbreak has been accused of illegally meeting in secret, denying public access to its deliberations, and making unlawful decisions. Extended Coverage: Virus Concerns Lead to 'Public' Meetings Without...

Press Coverage

6th Circ. Says Auto Parts Co. Can't Arbitrate Price-Fixing Suit

On February 24, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Michigan district court's January 2019 decision that KYB Corp. can't force a suit accusing it of conspiring with other auto parts...

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NH Gov. Sununu Issues Stay-At-Home Order - Construction Considered Essential Industry

Yesterday, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu issued an emergency order shuttering all non-essential businesses in the state effective today. This morning, the governor's office released a list of...

Press Coverage

Maine State Police May Be Spying on You

Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys: James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian. James joins the Environmental Practice Group as a Director and will work from the...

Event

2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

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EPA Announces Temporary Relaxation of Certain Environmental Compliance and Monitoring Obligations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Citing potential worker shortages and social distancing and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday, March 26, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would exercise enforcement discretion and temporarily...