Matthew Manahan
Pierce Atwood LLP

One Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101, United States
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Government
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Practice/Organization Description

Matt is the leader of Pierce Atwood’s Environmental Practice Group, which he joined in 1989. Matt handles a broad range of environmental matters before state and federal administrative agencies, as well as before state and federal courts, but his primary area of practice is the permitting of large development projects.

Bar Admissions

Matt is admitted to practice in Maine; New Hampshire; the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court.


Matt holds an A.B., cum laude, in History and Government from Bowdoin College (1986) and a J.D., cum laude, from Cornell University Law School (1989), where he was an editor of the Cornell Law Review and the recipient of the Irvine Legal Writing Prize. At Bowdoin, Matt served as student government chair (1983-84).

Professional Associations & Memberships

Matt has served as chair of the Maine State Bar Association’s Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section. Matt also is a member of the National Hydropower Association (serving as a member of the Regulatory Affairs Committee) and the American Bar Association (serving as a member of the Hydropower Committee).

Honors and Awards

Matt is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law, is identified as a leading attorney in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and he has received the highest Martindale-Hubbell legal ability and ethical standards rating (AV). Matt received the Maine Bar Foundation Special Recognition Award for outstanding volunteer service in 1994, and he received the Bowdoin College Volunteer of the Year Award in 2008 for his service on the Bowdoin Alumni Schools and Interviewing Committee.

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