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

News

48 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2021, Including 4 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-eight Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2021, including four recognized on the inaugural “Ones to Watch” list for attorneys earlier in their careers and four “Lawyer of the...

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Maine Legislative Alert: Reopening and Other Updates

The Legislative Practice Group at Preti Flaherty hopes you are all staying healthy, safe, and sane. We are continuing to interface with Governor Mills, her staff, and relevant of members of her administration on...

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Legislative Alert: Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee Update

The Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee met on Friday June 26 th to hear reports from the Chairs of all six subcommittees. In the reporting on Friday the biggest monetary ask was from the Infrastructure...

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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...

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Legislative Alert: Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee Meeting Report

The Maine State Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee met on Friday, June 5 th to continue to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on Maine’s economy. The agenda included childcare issues, a report from...

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Legislative Alert: Economic Recovery Grant Program Update

On Thursday, August 20, 2020, Governor Janet Mills announced the launch of the newly established Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program – a state-based approach to help support struggling Maine businesses and nonprofit organizations that...

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Maine Legislative Alert: Lodging reservations may begin immediately for June 1st stays

Some good news was announced during today’s daily COVID-19 daily briefing regarding Maine’s lodging establishments. Commissioner Heather Johnson announced that, effective immediately, Maine lodging facilities can begin accepting future reservations for stays beginning June...