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Portland, ME 04101, United States
Phone: 207.791.3000
Fax: 207.791.3111
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Education
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  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Immigration Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Maritime Law
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  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • D.C.
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Fate of U.S. - Canada dam license in question

The holder of the U.S. federal hydropower license for a dam spanning the international border with Canada border has petitioned for approval to surrender that license, citing economic considerations. At issue is the Forest…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Maine community solar procurement bill, LD 1444

This week a committee of the Maine state legislature is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a bill that would direct state regulators to enter into long-term contracts to procure 120 megawatts of large-scale community solar…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Government Contracting

Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court Confirms that Chapter 13 Debtors May “Strip Off” Second Mortgages

Recently in In re Guerra, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts joined the majority of courts in finding that United States Supreme Court’s decision in Bankof Am. v. Caulkett does not affect a chapter 13…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

I'm Feeling Right Now that 'Senator Shortsleeve' Has a Certain Duende to It

Joe Shortsleeve, who achieved New England fame as a TV newsman, is seriously considering running for the Massachusetts Senate. As a former newsman of the (glamor-challenged) print variety, I hope Joe runs for the…more
 /  Elections & Politics

Federal Appeals Court Finds That Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

In a groundbreaking decision, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled earlier this month that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Seventh Circuit’s decision in…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Can the Deliberative Session of Town Meeting in a Senate Bill 2 Town Change the Intent or Purpose of a Petitioned Warrant Article?

In Cady v. Town of Deerfield, decided January 18, 2017, the New Hampshire Supreme Court dealt with the question of the extent to which the deliberative session of the Town Meeting in a Senate Bill 2 municipality may amend a…more
 /  Administrative Law

Maine PUC releases 2015 renewable report

Maine energy regulators have released a report on the state's electricity renewable portfolio standard, presenting data from 2015. The Maine Public Utilities Commission's Annual Report on New Renewable Resource Portfolio…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Social Media Policies and the First Amendment

Over the last several years, the National Labor Relations Act has driven much of the discussion around the legalities of social networking policies. Since 2011, for example, the NLRB’s Office of General Counsel has issued three…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

Maine Municipal Law Update: Biennial Budget, Marijuana Legalization & Opportunity Agenda

Maine's Biennial Budget - Legislative work continues to steadily flow in Augusta, Maine as more bills are taken up by policy committees and many of them are meeting passage or being killed. In addition, the state’s…more
 /  Elections & Politics

Impact of Marijuana on Maine Workers’ Compensation

Marijuana use in the State of Maine has been in a state of flux over the past several years. The introduction of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act, Maine Workers’ Compensation Appellate Division decisions, and a recent…more
 /  Conflict of Laws, Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

Kudos to Charlie Baker for Wanting Michael Ricciuti on Superior Court

Michael Ricciuti’s is an American success story. He clearly merits the superior court judgeship he’s been nominated for by the governor. But do not be surprised if one or even two members of the Governor’s Council votes…more
 /  Elections & Politics

Following Maine's Minimum Wage & Tip Credit: An Update for Employers

The evolution of Maine wage payment laws continues apace, and a raft of legislative bills are currently undergoing scrutiny in Augusta. Back in November, Maine voters increased the state minimum wage to $9 per hour and…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Lis Pendens Only Available when Title to Real Estate is Involved

In the pending case of Brunswick Citizens for Collaborative Government, et al. v. Town of Brunswick, (Cumberland County Superior Court) the Petitioners claim that the Town of Brunswick failed to follow its Charter procedure to…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics

Brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev sets global renewable electricity goal by 2025

World’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev SA – parent to brands including Budweiser, Corona, Rolling Rock, Michelob, and Stella Artois – has committed to sourcing its electricity entirely from renewable sources by 2025. The…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Let's Talk Municipal Finance - Issuing Bonds

In my previous installment, I discussed several financing alternatives available to municipalities and certain other governmental entities to supplement revenues from their tax base or user fees. One common option is the…more
 /  Administrative Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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