Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law

Portland, ME        207.772.1941
Portsmouth, NH        603.433.3317
Manchester, NH        603.716.2895
Lebanon, NH        603.448.2221
800.727.1941

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MUNICIPAL LAW

 



PRACTICE GROUP LEADER

Amy K. Tchao
207.253.0552 Direct
atchao@dwmlaw.com

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Edward R. Benjamin

Mark T. Broth

Agnieszka A. (Pinette) Dixon

Mark V. Franco

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David M. Kallin

Lisa R. Magnacca

William L. Plouffe

Daniel J. Rose

Matthew R. Serge

Richard A. Spencer

E. William Stockmeyer

Joanna Brown Tourangeau

Tom Trenholm

Matthew H. Upton

Malina E. Dumas

Keriann Roman

Shawn M. Tanguay

C. Christine Fillmore

Adele M. Fulton

Matthew C. Decker

Jennifer de Lyon Stralka

H. Bernard (Bernie) Waugh

Jane F. Taylor


MUNICIPAL LAW

PRACTICE GROUP LEADER SMALL

Amy K. Tchao
207.253.0552 Direct
atchao@dwmlaw.com

RELATED PROFESSIONALS

Edward R. Benjamin

Mark T. Broth

Agnieszka A. (Pinette) Dixon

Mark V. Franco

Greg Im

David M. Kallin

Lisa R. Magnacca

William L. Plouffe

Daniel J. Rose

Matthew R. Serge

Richard A. Spencer

E. William Stockmeyer

Joanna Brown Tourangeau

Tom Trenholm

Matthew H. Upton

Malina E. Dumas

Keriann Roman

Shawn M. Tanguay

C. Christine Fillmore

Adele M. Fulton

Matthew C. Decker

Jennifer de Lyon Stralka

H. Bernard (Bernie) Waugh

Jane F. Taylor



Drummond Woodsum has provided practical, cost-effective legal advice to municipalities for more than twenty years. Our attorneys serve as general counsel for towns and cities in Maine and New Hampshire and as special counsel for towns and cities on matters requiring particular expertise such as cable television contract negotiations, environmental law, election law, tax abatements, municipal investment and appellate litigation.

Our municipal law attorneys represent municipalities in state and federal courts, and before state and federal agencies such as the State Property Tax Review Board, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Board of Tax and Land Appeals and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We draft zoning and land use ordinances covering a range of topics, including subdivisions, signs, scenic character, wetland resources, beach use, impact fees, sewers and solid waste collection.

Our attorneys and consultants also represent public sector employers in all aspects of employment and labor law, including collective bargaining, grievances, arbitration, litigation, wage-hour disputes, human rights complaints and problem-solving.

Drummond Woodsum believes in the practice of “preventative law.” We provide education to our municipal clients through workshops so as to minimize the chance of successful legal claims against them. Topics are customized to meet local needs and have included land use law for planning boards, appeals boards and code enforcement officers, personal property tax collections, tax abatements, tax increment financing, boardsmanship, and Freedom of Access Act and Right to Know Law compliance.

We understand that municipal officials often must make difficult decisions quickly and in response to public demands, and we take pride in providing advice in a timely and professional manner.

Public Finance
 
Drummond Woodsum’s public finance law team serves as Bond Counsel and issuer’s counsel on behalf of municipalities, school districts, counties and other governmental entities. The firm is approved as bond counsel by both the Maine Municipal Bond Bank and the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank, and is listed in the “Red Book” as recognized bond counsel for Maine and New Hampshire. We have extensive experience with many aspects of public finance law, including public and private offerings of tax exempt bonds, tax credit bonds, TRANs, equipment lease purchasing, energy/air quality project lease purchasing, and post-issuance continuing disclosure and tax compliance. More generally, we advise our clients on a wide rangeof financial and business matters, including local budget and bond authorization, tax assessment, state funding, reorganization, employee benefits, public bidding and procurement. We have extensive experience representing the public owner in all aspects of construction projects.

Land Use and Permitting
 
Our attorneys have vast experience representing both municipalities and private clients in a variety of matters involving land use, zoning and permitting issues. We provide assistance to local municipal boards in their review of permitting applications and also provide representation of private clients before municipal boards and state permitting agencies. We are available to attend land use board meetings and provide guidance on applications, to protect the interest of our municipalities and to avoid potential litigation from applications.

Specialty Practice Areas

We have extensive experience serving municipalities in a variety of other legal service areas, including the following emerging and specialized municipal issues:

  • Marijuana regulation, licensing, and moritoria
  • Affordable housing development projects
  • Major subdivision and development proposals
  • Land conservation and environmental issues
  • Labor and employment
  • Public finance
  • Tax increment financing (TIF)
  • Municipal litigation
  • Law enforcement defense and litigation
  • Telecommunications law and utility franchise agreements
  • Public meetings and Freedom of Access issues
  • Town meetings and elections
  • Legislation and government relations
  • Negotiating state agency contracts
  • Real estate and land use
  • Ordinance drafting and enforcement
 
 


UPCOMING EVENTS

At the Intersection of Free Speach, Social Media, and Local Government
May 28-June 4, 2019

NEWS

Drummond Woodsum Completes Merger with Gardner Fulton & Waugh
January 29, 2019

Attorney Keriann Roman Returns to Drummond Woodsum
November 26, 2018

Gardner Fulton & Waugh to Merge With Drummond Woodsum
November 14, 2018

Ed Benjamin and Amy Olfene Win Municipal Premises Liability Trial
August 23, 2018


ARTICLES

Local Government Deserves our Support
January 3, 2019

Understanding ''Work to Rule''
November 1, 2018

New Hampshire Supreme Court Clarifies Government Body's Obligations under RSA 91-A
November/December 2017

Workforce Availability and Its Implications for Regionalization
July/August 2017


PRESENTATIONS

ZBA Decision Making, NH Office of Strategic Initiatives, 25th Annual Spring Planning & Zoning
June 1, 2019

NH Health Officers’ Association Annual Conference
May 22, 2019

A Guide to Effective Code Enforcement Workshop
May 17, 2019

Municipal Association Webinar: Who Not to Hire!
May 14, 2019





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