Municipal & Government Law

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Municipal Law

Bryan M. Dench 
Amy Dieterich
Ronald P. Lebel 
James F. Pross
Norman J. Rattey
Theodore Small
Rebecca S. Webber

With more than a century and a half of involvement in the public life of Maine communities, the attorneys of Skelton, Taintor & Abbott have developed a deep knowledge of Maine governmental law and built a reputation as one of the state’s most trusted law firms.

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott serves as general counsel to many Maine municipalities, school districts, county governments and housing authorities. We help Maine communities embrace the future without compromising the special qualities that make Maine a place where we all want to live and raise families. These are communities where our lawyers and their families live and work, just as your families do.

We are proud to have provided public policy legal services to many municipalities and counties, including but not limited to:


  • Portland
  • South Portland
  • Biddeford
  • Lewiston
  • Auburn
  • Sanford and Springvale
  • Rockland
  • Augusta
  • Waterville and Bangor
  • Turner
  • Leeds
  • Greene
  • Poland
  • Mechanic Falls
  • Minot
  • Falmouth


  • Androscoggin
  • Somerset
  • Lincoln
  • Cumberland
  • York

Litigation can pose a significant expense for a large or small community or governmental unit. With that in mind, our attorneys are proactive in seeking to help our public clients avoid lawsuits. Our municipal law attorneys work with elected leaders, boards and government department heads to guide their actions and decision-making processes to prevent exposure to lawsuits and to resolve disputes quickly when they arise.

Our lawyers have experience in land use planning and regulation, zoning, and code enforcement cases. Our lawyers include four former chairs of zoning boards of appeal and two former planning board chairs. We know the ropes in land use planning and regulation and know how to find practical solutions that protect the public interest and private rights. We advise government entities in how to adopt, implement and enforcing zoning and land use ordinances and we advise private citizens and interests how to achieve their legitimate objectives for land use and development within those laws.

The lawyers at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott conduct negotiations, draw up collective bargaining agreements, interlocal agreements for shared services or functions, and other contracts and agreements. We represent government officials and employees in court and administrative proceedings, in addition to providing legal advice and guidance as general counsel to governments and elected leaders.

Our extensive knowledge of Maine municipal law also benefits the individual and business clients we represent, often in real estate matters or in negotiations with government boards such as planning and zoning boards.

We provide a broad range of legal services to Maine’s town, city and county governments, school districts, water and sewer districts, and other governmental entities. As part of our governmental practice, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott offers municipal finance services including legal services related to municipal bonds and revenue and general obligation bonds. We assist with municipal financings through the Maine Municipal Bond Bank, the Farmers’ Home Administration (FMHA) and private lenders. We also offer guidance on insurance coverage.

Our attorneys have a thorough knowledge of Maine municipal and governmental law. Let our extensive legal experience guide your best decisions.