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In 1975, former Maine governor and U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Kenneth M. Curtis, led a group of attorneys to form a law firm dedicated to providing first-class, affordable legal services. In the decades since, we have provided sophisticated counsel for individuals, Maine businesses, governmental entities, and national and international clients.

How We Work

We take a problem-solving approach that focuses on helping you understand your case, empowering you to partner with us to find professional and innovative resolutions to even the most complex matters.

How We Give Back

Many members of our firm serve on community non-profit boards and volunteer their time on behalf of a variety of charitable organizations in Maine. We are closely involved with the Susan Curtis Foundation and volunteer with the Maine Homeless Legal Project and the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Our Affiliates

We understand that positive outcomes are not always limited to legal solutions, so we also provide government relations, public relations and lobbying services before federal, state and local governments, formerly provided through our affiliate, Public Affairs Group.

As a member of SCG Legal, we have access to a strong network of experienced professionals world-wide, allowing us to connect you with the best resources no matter your situation.

Our Services

Our Professionals

James L. Costello, Attorney

Jim Costello is the Managing Member of the firm.  Jim’s practice focuses on real estate and commercial law, utility law and regulatory matters. Jim combines his experience as a former accountant and as a senior energy, regulatory and real estate attorney to represent businesses on a wide range of legal concerns. Jim regularly advises utilities on Maine PUC regulation, utility rights of way, substation and corridor development and site acquisition, operating agreements, and aerial license agreements.  He assists businesses on office acquisition and leasing, business structure, mergers and land acquisition, conservation easements and property tax matters. Jim regularly represents clients on state contract matters and award appeals.  He also offers to counsel corporate clients on regulatory compliance, state and federal laws.

Before joining the firm, Jim served as a law clerk to United States District Judge D. Brock Hornby.

Jim also previously practiced as a Certified Public Accountant with the firm KPMG Peat Marwick, working in both the tax and audit fields, with an emphasis in financial institution audits. He taught accounting at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a course entitled “Accounting for Lawyers” at the University of Maine School of Law.

Jim is active in the community and currently serves on the Yarmouth Economic Development Board and the Board of Directors of Lift 360. He is a Maine Bar Fellow and has served on a number of non-profit boards and local school volunteer activities, including a past board and executive committee member of the Maine Bar Foundation and the Maine Children’s Museum.

Practice Areas

  • Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications
  • General Business, Corporate and Finance
  • Real Estate

Education

  • J.D., summa cum laude, first in class—University of Maine School of Law
  • Editor—Maine Law Review
  • Faculty Scholastic Achievement Award
  • West Scholastic Achievement Award in Commercial Law
  • Law Review Comment Article: The Auditors Responsibility for Fraud Detection and Disclosure
  • Master of Accountancy—University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • B.S. Business Administration - Accounting—University of Maine

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • Maine State Bar Association

Representative Matters

  • Negotiated joint project development agreements for 345kV transmission project and associated work on corridor acquisition and development.
  • Represented water utility obtaining Maine PUC approval of a major bulk water sales contract allowing utility to subsidize nearly half the cost of water delivery to its residential and commercial customers (MPUC Docket No. 2012-487); argued before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court (2016 ME 71) to uphold approval.
  • Represented national wireless carrier as intervenor in pole rate case involving universal service fees (MPUC Docket No. 2013-340).
  • Negotiated transmission service and substation installation agreements in connection with large hospital expansion.
  • Represented national provider of 911 services in twice overturning $32 Million agency contract RFP award from the State of Maine to another bidder concerning Maine’s implementation of the NextGen 911 system.
  • Obtained gas pipeline easements to serve central Maine shopping center developments and hospital; negotiated land rights for expansion of gas pipeline.
  • Negotiated design and build agreement and interconnection arrangements for construction of 42 MW Wind Power project in northern Maine.
  • Negotiated co-location agreements, easement agreements and contractual interconnection arrangements on behalf of utilities concerning placement of multiple projects throughout Maine.
  • Advised landowners and wind farm developers on land acquisition, rights of way matters.
  • Represented publically held Maine utility as outside general counsel and negotiated and represented utility in merger and acquisitions, rate cases and other regulatory matters.
  • Represented  truck dealer in overturning State of Maine DOT contract award to provide heavy duty state trucks for state highway plowing and services.
  • Represented  southern Maine colleges in joint appeal of RFP award concerning State of Maine administrative services contract.
  • Negotiated agreement on behalf of City of Bangor-Bangor International Airport and Halifax airport regarding flight access and landing rights.

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Tyler C. Costello, Attorney

Tyler Costello is primarily dedicated to the practice of real estate and commercial law, corporate law, land use and environmental matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Tyler served as a law clerk in Portland for two Justices of the Maine Superior Court. Tyler earned his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law where he served as Case Note and Comment Editor for the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal and was the recipient of Maine Law’s Environmental Law Award.  In addition, Tyler completed a fellowship with Conservation Law Foundation, and during his final year of law school, served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Kermit V. Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Before becoming an attorney, Tyler worked as a marine biology and ecology instructor and as a middleman at a local lobster distributor.  Tyler lives in Portland where he enjoys exploring New England with his fiancé, spending time with family, fishing, scuba diving, and anything else that may satisfy his curiosity for adventure.

 

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • General Business, Corporate and Finance

Education

  • J.D. cum laude—University of Maine School of Law
  • Case Note & Comment Editor—Ocean & Coastal Law Journal
  • B.A., Environmental Planning & Policy—University of Southern Maine

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • Maine State Bar Association
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Kenneth M. Curtis, Of Counsel

A former two-term Governor of Maine and United States Ambassador to Canada, Ken Curtis is the founding member of Curtis Thaxter and is now Of Counsel to the firm. Governor Curtis has represented clients in energy matters, start-up businesses and international law, particularly Canadian-American law. He worked with Maine, New England, Canadian and other North American companies on regional and inter-governmental affairs. His international practice also included work relating to France, Japan and the Republic of China.

Governor Curtis’ other leadership positions include President of the Maine Maritime Academy from 1986 to 1994, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1977 to 1978, Chairman of the New England Governors’ Conference from 1969 to 1970 and Chairman of the Environmental Task Force of the National Governors’ Conference in the early 1970’s. He has served on a number of boards and commissions, including the Board of Directors of KeyCorp, Bowater Incorporated, New England Telephone Co., and the Alberta Northeast Gas Limited Advisory Board.

Education

  • J.D.,—University of Maine Law School
  • B.S.,—Maine Maritime Academy
  • Honorary Degrees from a variety of American and Canadian Institutions

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
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Amy N. Devin, Attorney

Amy Devin practices in the areas of real estate, commercial and corporate law, with a particular focus on affordable housing and community redevelopment. She regularly represents developers and lenders in various aspects of the development process including acquisition, financing, permitting, and construction.

Amy lives in Portland and she enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two children.

Practice Areas

  • Healthcare
  • General Business, Corporate and Finance
  • Real Estate

Education

  • J.D.,—Washington and Lee School of Law
  • B.A., International Studies—Colby College

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • Virginia
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association
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John Paul Erler, Of Counsel

After more than 50 years of practice, Jack Erler has reduced his workload and become Of Counsel. He transitioned his practice to Rebecca Klotzle and will continue to work with her, providing advice based on his extensive experience.

During his active years, he represented businesses; quasi-public and non-profit entities; and associations with an emphasis on youth camps and programs. He worked to solve complex legal problems in child related matters, as well as legislative, regulatory, employment, corporate, commercial, taxation, environmental, land use matters. Using his litigation experience, he also provided alternative dispute resolution services to individuals, businesses, insurers, governmental and non-profit entities; helping them find fair and legally sound resolutions to disputes.

Jack is a member of the American Bar and Maine Bar Associations. He is a member of American Camp Association, American Camp Association – New England, Maine Summer Camps, and Maine Youth Camp Association. He served on the Board of Governors of the Maine Alternative Dispute Resolution Professionals, now Maine Association of Mediators. He was a member of the New England Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution. He chaired the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the Natural Resources & Environmental Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association. He served on the Board and as the President of the Board of Directors of the Sacopee Valley Health Center.

Jack’s greatest love in his practice has been and remains his work with Maine youth camps, assisting them to enrich the lives of millions of children from Maine, across the United States and around the world. He will continue to work with Maine Youth Camp Association and Maine Summer Camps. As the result of his work with youth camps and associations, Jack is the recipient of the ACA Special Recognition, ACA New England Community Honor Recognition and the Maine Halsey Gulick Awards.

Education

  • Advanced Mediation Training—Harvard University
  • J.D., cum laude—University of Connecticut Law School
  • B.A., Psychology—Grinnell College

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • American Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association
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John D. Gleason, Attorney

John Gleason chairs the firm’s Healthcare and Employment Practice Areas. His practice includes the representation of physicians and other health care providers in the organization and operation of their practices, the development of employment and recruitment agreements with practices and hospitals, and the regulatory issues arising from the expansion of practices and their affiliations with other entities. His practice also includes counseling businesses on employment matters, addressing issues ranging from the impact of  federal and state discrimination laws on operational decisions to compliance with wage and hour laws. He appears before Maine agencies on employment matters involving Maine businesses and licensing matters involving Maine physicians.  He also serves as local counsel on employment actions in federal and state court.

Prior to joining the firm, John served as a clerk with United States District Court Judge Edward T. Gignoux.

John is recognized as a 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” in the practice area of  Health Care Law in Portland, ME and was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in the field of Health Care Law.

 

Practice Areas

  • Employment
  • General Business, Corporate and Finance
  • Healthcare

Education

  • J.D.,—University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., Political Science and Economics—University of Wisconsin

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • United States District Court for the District of Maine
  • Maine State Bar Association, Healthcare and Labor and Employment Sections
  • American Bar Association, Healthcare and Labor and Employment Sections
  • American Health Lawyers Association

Recognitions

  • AV rated in Martindale Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America® in Healthcare
  • New England Super Lawyers®
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Maureen E. Keegan , Attorney

Maureen E. Keegan focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, family business transactions and taxation.  She previously practiced as a certified public accountant, and as an associate attorney at the firm of Brann & Isaacson in Lewiston, Maine.  She also has experience as a CFO of various business organizations in the commercial real estate, hospitality and retail industries.

Maureen is a member of the Maine Estate Planning Council, the Trusts and Estates and Federal and State Taxation sections of the Maine State Bar Association, the pro bono panel of the Immigration Legal Advocacy Project in Maine, and the Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning and Probate

Education

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • J.D.,—University of Maine School of Law
  • B.A.,—Colgate University

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • United States District Court for the District of Maine
  • Maine State Bar Association
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Rebecca Gray Klotzle, Attorney

Rebecca Klotzle works with businesses, individuals, and non-profit entities to help them solve the legal issues they face, including corporate, commercial, environmental, intellectual property, and land use matters.  She also represents youth camps in Maine and counsels them on a wide range of complex problems unique to them.  Rebecca has a strong focus on labor and employment law, and advises clients on a broad range of issues, including wage and hour issues, sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination, compliance with the ADA and FMLA, hiring, employee discipline, and termination, and drafting employment agreements and policies.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Rebecca helped manage a small business selling retail wine, beer, and liquor in Bar Harbor and serving as wholesale distributor for bars and restaurants so she has a specialized first-hand knowledge of the laws and challenges involved in Maine’s beverage industry.

In addition, Rebecca chairs the firm’s litigation department and she handles both civil and appellate litigation in state and federal courts.  Among other matters, Rebecca represents Maine clients in boundary and land use disputes, probate litigation, tort claims, employment cases, and contractual and commercial disputes.  She has worked for U.S. and international clients on a broad range of litigation matters, including complex commercial disputes, securities and corporate law matters, trademark and intellectual property licensing litigation, and contractual disputes arising from corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Rebecca maintains a pro bono practice and has represented clients in matters involving immigration, family law, and labor trafficking.  In 2015, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice awarded her its Civil Rights Pro Bono Recognition Award.  Rebecca currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP).

Prior to joining the firm, Rebecca practiced as an associate attorney at a leading law firm in Boston, and she served as a law clerk for United States District Judge John A. Woodcock.

Rebecca now lives in New Gloucester where she sits on the town’s Planning Board, Comprehensive Plan Update Committee, and Parks and Recreation Committee.  She shares an old farmhouse, barn, and fields and trees with her spouse and their dog Fozzie.

 

Practice Areas

  • Employment
  • General Business, Corporate and Finance
  • Litigation and Administrative Law

Education

  • J.D., cum laude—Cornell Law School
  • B.A., magna cum laude, African & Afro-American Studies—Brandeis University
  • Senior Notes Editor—Cornell Law Review

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • American Camp Association (ACA) and ACA New England
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Nancy Savage Marcus, Attorney

Clients needing an attorney’s help with complex or simple real estate transactions, corporate governance issues, negotiation and documentation of commercial transactions and general legal research can turn to Nancy for seasoned advice.

Nancy brings wide commercial experience to the practice of law.  She was an associate at Pierce Atwood, Maine’s largest law firm, working in its Commercial, IP and Real Estate Groups.  Following her work at Pierce, Atwood, Nancy served as the first Executive Director of the Portland Ronald McDonald House.  After that, Nancy became in-house counsel for American Skiing Company.  Prior to joining Curtis, Thaxter, Nancy was associated with Attorney David Perkins, assisting him with his wide-ranging corporate practice.  Drawing on her varied experience, today Nancy specializes in real estate, corporate governance and transactional law.  She enjoys using her skills and training to help clients solve their legal problems

In addition to her activities in business and the legal profession, Nancy has served on numerous non-profit boards, including Goodwill of Northern New England, the Cancer Community Center, the Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust and Ronald McDonald House Charities as well as her church council and several homeowners’ association boards.  She currently serves as Treasurer of her neighborhood association and Vice President of her church council, and volunteers at Preble Street Resource Center and Partners for World Health.  Nancy also volunteers as Trustee for a special needs trust for a disabled individual.

Nancy resides in Cumberland, Maine with her husband George and their teenaged son.  She is outside as often as possible hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Maine.

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • General Business, Corporate and Finance

Education

  • J.D.—University of Maine School of Law
  • Maine Law Review
  • Commercial Lending Training Program—European American Bank, NY, NY
  • Bachelor of Arts, History—Georgetown University

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • Maine Bar Association
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Charles J. Micoleau, Of Counsel

Charlie Micoleau oversaw the firm’s legislative and public affairs services. A former chief of staff to U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie in Washington, D.C., Charlie’s practice encompassed administrative and regulatory law, as well as public issues management. He served as chairman of The Public Affairs Group, the firm’s government relations affiliate serving in the state capitol, Augusta. He represented the firm in SCG Legal of which Curtis Thaxter is a founding member. Today there are 148 members in 82 countries and commercial centers.

During a leave from the firm from 1986 to 1988, Charlie served as Vice President of Communications and Government Affairs for The NutraSweet Company. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing corporate and regulatory affairs in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe and Latin America.

Charlie is Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the University of Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service. He has served as President of the Maine Center for Innovation in Biotechnology and loan review committees of the Maine Technology Institute, a state supported technology investment entity. He is a past president of the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the state’s largest environmental organization.

Charlie was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2021 in the field of Energy Law.

Education

  • J.D.,—George Washington University
  • M.A., International Finance—Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A., Government—Bowdoin College

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Maine and Massachusetts
  • American Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association
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Richard P. Olson, Attorney

Richard Olson helps clients solve problems and build successful businesses. Richard has successfully counseled companies in nearly every industry through every stage of their development from the kitchen table where an idea was born to successful mergers and acquisitions—and everything in between.

Richard has also led successful bankruptcies and reorganizations for clients ranging from publicly traded companies to individual entrepreneurs.

In addition to his successes as a business and bankruptcy lawyer, Richard is also a well-regarded litigator who has tried cases at all levels in Maine and Massachusetts. While Richard is an especially skilled negotiator and trained mediator, he is never hesitant to fight for his clients.

Richard serves as a trustee for private clients with complex family businesses and serves on municipal boards and the boards of for profit and non-profit companies. He was twice elected to the Falmouth Town Council and served as its chairman. Richard was President of the Falmouth Conservation Trust and led preservation efforts that preserved hundreds of acres of land for multiple uses.

Born in Biddeford, son of a Portland fire captain, Richard grew up in Portland. He left Maine for New York University to earn his BA in English and Economics. After college Richard joined the United States Navy and spent four years at sea as a deck and engineering officer.

Richard earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and worked at Ropes & Gray’s Boston office before returning home to Maine. Richard completed the “gold standard” forty hour mediation program sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and St. John’s University and he is available for engagements as a mediator.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • General Business, Corporate and Finance
  • Litigation and Administrative Law
  • Real Estate
  • Business Reorganizations and Workouts

Education

  • B.A. English and Economics—New York University
  • J.D.—Harvard Law School

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
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Michael B. Peisner, Attorney

Mike Peisner represents clients of all sizes in general business planning law, financing, real estate, and related matters.  Mike has represented clients in large and small financings, including SEC stock registrations and tax-driven transactions, with a non-exclusive focus on the energy industry.  He has engineered sophisticated corporate reorganizations (including for non-profits), handled numerous asset and equity acquisitions, and advised clients of various sizes on business planning matters, including tax and securities issues.

Mike chaired the Maine State Bar Association task force on LLCs, which was instrumental in the passage of the original enabling legislation, and in the passage of subsequent amendments, including inter-species merger and conversion legislation. Before attending law school, he worked as a management auditor for what is now known as the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Mike has served as President of the Jewish Federation of Southern Maine, and presided over its merger with the Jewish Community Center to become the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, and as Board President of WinterKids, which helps Maine children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity.

Mike was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2021 in the field of Corporate Law.

 

Practice Areas

  • Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications
  • General Business, Corporate and Finance

Education

  • J.D., cum laude—University of Michigan Law School
  • Articles Editor—Journal of Law Reform
  • B.A., Economics, with high distinction—University of Michigan

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • American Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association
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David J. Perkins, Attorney

Dave works with clients on business startups, reorganizing distressed businesses, complex construction and land use issues, and solving problems or realizing opportunities that arise in commercial or real estate ventures.

Dave serves as a mediator on complex business and land use disputes. He has been certified in mediation at the Harvard Mediation Program.

Dave serves as a director with Reed & Reed, Inc. He is also active as an attorney and investor in developing scallop farm aquaculture projects In Maine.

Dave received his B.A from Dartmouth College in 1981, his law degree from Boston College in 1985, and he was a special student in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. He served as a Maine assistant attorney general prior to joining private practice.

Dave splits his time between Portland and his farm in Lincolnville, so he also works with many clients in mid-coast Maine.

Dave has provided a range of community service, including serving as a co-founder of Friends of Casco Bay, chairing the Hospice of Southern Maine Board, chairing the MSAD 51 School District Board (Cumberland, North Yarmouth), chairing the Five Town School Board (Camden, Appleton, Lincolnville, Hope and  Rockport), chairing the North Yarmouth Board of Selectmen, and as a director on the Preble Street Resource Center board.   Dave and his family have been active with the Rift Valley Children’s Village in Tanzania where he has volunteered on three visits.  He presently serves as an instructor for the AMC Wilderness Leadership School, and is working with developing Friends of Baxter State Park’s youth program.

Direct Phone: 207.619.8515 | Cell: 207.415.0680

Practice Areas

  • General Business, Corporate and Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Litigation and Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Reorganizations and Workouts

Education

  • J.D.—Boston College Law School
  • B.A.—Dartmouth College
  • Special Student in Economics—Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • U.S. District Court - Maine
  • Maine Bar Association
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Maurice A. Selinger, III, Attorney

Cito Selinger practices in real estate, commercial and corporate law, with emphasis on affordable housing and community redevelopment. In his affordable housing and community redevelopment practice, Cito represents developers, lenders and investors, and is lead counsel in multimillion dollar projects using a combination of financing vehicles including the low income housing tax credit, historic tax credit (federal and state), New Markets tax credit and conventional commercial financing.

Prior to joining the firm, Cito worked at another large firm in Portland and served as law clerk to former Chief Justice Daniel E. Wathen and the late Justice David A. Nichols of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Cito’s community activities generally relate to housing and social services. He is a member and past President of the Board of Directors of Preble Street, and received that organization’s “Board Member of the Year” award in 2007.  Cito served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, was President and Secretary-Treasurer and remains active in that organization.  Cito has received numerous Preservation Honor Awards from Maine Preservation and Greater Portland Landmarks for his role as counsel in landmark redevelopment projects throughout Maine.  In 2003, Cito received the Hope Award from Shalom House, in recognition of his community service in affordable housing for mental health consumers. Cito also served for nine years as a Trustee of the Freeport Historical Society.

Cito was named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Portland, ME and was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2021 in the fields of Real Estate and Project Finance Law.

 

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • General Business, Corporate and Finance

Education

  • J.D.,—Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., English—Bowdoin College

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • Maine State Bar Association

Representative Matters

  • Represented the lead institutional lender,  Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank; and the State historic tax credit investor, 30 Federal Street Investments, LLC, in a $60 million redevelopment of the Lincoln Mill, a large historic marquee downtown mill building in Biddeford, Maine.  The building will be redeveloped into apartments, a restaurant, hotel and fitness club.
  • Local counsel in the acquisition and redevelopment of the historic Portland Press Herald building in Portland, Maine, a $25 million project financed with New Markets tax credits and federal and state historic tax credits.
  • Represented Maine’s largest nonprofit developer of affordable housing in connection with its acquisition, financing and development of a “Housing First” project that included an emergency shelter, a “safe haven” dormitory and twenty-five apartments in Portland that involved a combination of low income housing tax credits, FedHome subsidies from the State and City of Portland, and Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Program direct subsidy.
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David P. Silk, Attorney

David Silk regularly represents clients before municipal, state and federal agencies on land use, zoning, and environmental matters. He has over 30 years of experience on property taxation appeals representing both taxpayers and municipalities with regard to commercial, industrial and exempt properties. He advises individuals, businesses and nonprofits on a wide range of property, membership and contract related issues. David represents individuals and entities on property, probate and estate related matters, including issues arising out of the joint ownership of property, boundary disputes, easements, adverse possession, title, zoning and riparian access issues (docks, moorings and navigation) arising out of ownership of waterfront property. He also assists clients with respect to issues arising out of the common ownership of property.

David also provides alternative dispute resolution services, including mediation to individuals and businesses on a wide range of matters and, in particular, property disputes, land and water use related matters and property tax valuation disputes. He serves on several rosters of the Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Service (CADRES).

Prior to entering private practice in 1986, he served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Louis Scolnik of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He is peer review rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell for ethical standards and legal ability.

From 1987 until 2004, David served on the City of Portland Board of Assessment Review. From 2004 until 2013, he served on the City of Portland Planning Board.  In 2018, the Portland City Council reappointed David to the Planning Board.  He also serves on the Cumberland County Board of Assessment Review.  He is a past director of the University of Maine School of Law Alumni Association. He also serves or has served as an officer and director of several non-profit organizations including Housing Initiatives of New England, The Children’s Center, the Falmouth Country Club, Friends of the YWCA, and the Stroudwater Village Association.  He has coached youth soccer, youth baseball and high school swimming.

Prior to law school, David was an instructor at the Dartmouth Outward Bound Center and the Appalachian School of Experience.

Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Litigation and Administrative Law
  • Real Estate

Education

  • Mediating Disputes—Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation
  • Resolving Land Use Disputes—Lincoln Institute on Land Policy
  • J.D., cum laude—University of Maine School of Law
  • Production Editor—Maine Law Review
  • Faculty Scholastic Achievement Award
  • B.A., Government—Colby College

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • United States District Court for the District of Maine
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Maine Association of Mediators
  • Edward T. Gignoux Inn of Court (1993-1997)
  • National Association of Property Tax Attorneys
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Robert E. Stevens, Attorney

Bob Stevens chairs the firm’s Real Estate Practice Area. He is experienced in the acquisition, financing, development and/or sales of various types of properties including pulp and paper mills, timberlands, manufacturing and office buildings, shopping centers, government assisted housing projects, hydro power, natural gas and biomass stand alone and co-generation energy production facilities, wind power developments and electric power transmission corridors. Bob  particularly enjoys negotiating specially tailored title insurance coverage for clients. Bob’s general corporate practice includes formation of and on-going services to all types of legal entities in many economic sectors including cellular transmission. His business regulatory work includes licensing and regulation of life, accident and health, and title insurance companies, health maintenance organizations and lenders.

Bob was a partner in the Chicago law firm of Lord, Bissell & Brook before moving to Maine in 1975 to help found the firm.

Bob has chaired various Town of Freeport boards and committees including the Planning Board, Board of Appeals, Town Council and he served as Freeport’s delegate to the Economic Development Council of The Greater Portland Council of Governments and was a representative from the Senate District to the Maine Municipal Association’s Legislative Policy Committee.

Bob was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2021 in the field of Real Estate Law.

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications
  • General Business, Corporate and Finance

Education

  • J.D.,—University of Chicago Law School
  • B.A., Political Science—Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
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Jason J. Theobald, Attorney

Jason practices in a variety of areas of law, including commercial law, land use and zoning, intellectual property, employment, and administrative law.  Jason is experienced in representing clients in civil and appellate litigation and enjoys helping clients navigate complex legal issues and achieve their goals.

Jason received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.  During his final semester of law school, Jason worked as student attorney at Villanova’s Civil Justice Clinic, where he represented low-income clients in civil matters.  After graduating law school, Jason followed his then future wife to Maine.  Jason began his legal career serving as a law clerk for two years, first with the Maine Superior Court in Cumberland and Androscoggin counties, and then with the Maine Business and Consumer Docket, Maine’s specialized court for complex business matters.  Prior to joining Curtis Thaxter, Jason was an Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Division of the Office of the Maine Attorney General, where he represented a State agency and its employees in civil matters in both State and federal courts.

Before law school, Jason earned a master’s degree from the Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations where he studied Global Negotiation and Conflict Management and International Economics and Development.

Jason and his family live in Portland, which serves as their basecamp for enjoying outdoor activities throughout northern New England.

Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation and Administrative Law
  • Trademark and Copyright
  • Employment

Education

  • J.D., cum laude—Villanova University School of Law
  • M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations—Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations
  • B.A., Political Science—Elizabethtown College

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
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Sidney St. F. Thaxter, Of Counsel

After 48 years as a litigator, estate planner and counselor, Pete Thaxter has now become Of Counsel to the firm. Pete has worked with multiple generations of the firm’s clients and their families to help them with family business issues, succession planning, and their estates. While he is still available to help clients on a limited basis, he is not in the office daily.

For more than 40 years, Pete led the estate planning group and had focused on business succession and traditional estate planning.  He also for the past 40 years represented beachfront and other property owners in protecting their rights.  In the landmark Moody Beach and Goose Rocks Beach cases, he helped protect the landowners from claims by the towns and neighbors.

Pete has served on the Portland School Committee, Portland Charter Commission, the Maine Community Foundation, the Greater Portland Chambers of Commerce as Chair, the Portland Historical Preservation Committee, as Chairman & Vice Chair, the Board Network, and Lift 360 as Chair (formerly the Institute for Civic Leadership).

The best way to reach Pete is to contact him care of Rebecca Kinney through email or the phone number below.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Litigation and Administrative Law

Education

  • Reginald Huber Smith Fellow Attorney
  • J.D.,—Boston College Law School
  • B.A.,—Middlebury College
  • Supply Officer—U.S. Navy

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • Supreme Judicial Court of Maine
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • Maine State Bar Association (former Governor)
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
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Pat Eltman

As a veteran political strategist, Pat brings a wealth of experience and energy to Curtis Thaxter having served as the Director of the Maine Office of Tourism and Chief of Staff to several Speakers of the Maine House of Representatives.  Pat has directed and been involved with numerous national, state and local elections and many referenda.  Pat knows how to get results.

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