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Jun 2, 2014

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott Expands Public Utility and Municipal Law Practice


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AUBURN, ME (May 29, 2014) -   Skelton, Taintor & Abbott is proud to announce that attorney Benjamin J. Smith has recently joined the firm. Smith was a staff attorney at the Maine Public Utilities Commission where he advised the Commission on utility and energy matters and also served as a hearing examiner in adjudicatory and non-adjudicatory proceedings. “We are excited to welcome Ben to our firm,” said Bryan Dench, Chairman of Skelton Taintor & Abbott. “His extensive background in public utility law and experience in litigation will be extremely valuable to our clients.”

Smith focuses his practice on public utility and energy law, government, municipal and administrative law. Prior to working at the Commission, he was a litigation attorney at another Maine law firm. He received his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Maine. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of Maine, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Active in his community, Smith also serves as selectman and property tax assessor for the Town of Chelsea as chair of both boards.

Skelton Taintor & Abbott is one of Maine’s leading law firms representing individuals, businesses and government agencies in litigation and general representation throughout northern New England for more than 150 years. The firm was listed in U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Law Firms and received a Tier 1 ranking in the Portland, Maine metropolitan region in the practice areas of Insurance Law, Litigation/Tax, Personal Injury Litigation/Defendants, Product Liability Litigation/Defendants and Tax Law.  Seven of the firm’s attorneys were selected by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® for inclusion in the 2014 Best Lawyers in America® list. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.