Jensen Baird has formed lasting partnerships with numerous local governments in Maine, including many cities and towns, school districts, sewer districts, and several counties (including the largest county in the state). The firm also represents many quasi-municipal corporations, such as the two publicly-owned waste-to-energy facilities in Maine and several special purpose districts. We advise our various local government client contacts (such as municipal councils, select boards, managers and administrators; school boards and superintendents; county commissioners and administrators; planning boards and planning directors; boards of appeal and code enforcement officers; and boards of assessment review and assessors) on a wide variety of pending and potential legal issues ranging from drafting ordinances, drafting and administering contracts, advising on town meeting and election issues, advising on Freedom of Access Act issues, prosecuting land use and other ordinance enforcement cases, litigating civil disputes, providing legal advice on constitutional and statutory issues, advising on municipal tax assessment and exemption issues, drafting and enforcing deeds and other real estate documents, assisting with eminent domain procedures, helping elected and appointed officials prepare for and run smooth and effective meetings and public hearings, representing employers in collective bargaining and before the Maine Human Rights Commission and Maine Labor Relations Board, and serving as bond and tax increment financing counsel.
Our municipal law experience is also of great assistance to our private clients who have dealings, often real estate and permitting related, with local governmental entities we do not represent. Lawyers in our firm have extensive experience dealing with State and federal agencies in securing regulatory approvals for a variety of large and small-scale development projects. With our client-focused approach, Jensen Baird is a part of the client organization’s team, offering practical and sophisticated legal guidance and advocacy tailored to fit their unique needs.