AUBURN, Maine (November 23, 2020) – Skelton Taintor & Abbott announces the hiring of Reeve Wood as Of Counsel, focusing on title work and real estate transactions, effective November 23, 2020.
Wood began his career as a teacher in New York and then moved on to work as an investigator of police misconduct for the City of New York. A native of Brunswick, Wood returned to Maine where he attended the University of Maine School of Law, serving as a Teaching Assistant in the Legal Writing Program and graduating summa cum laude.
Wood began his legal career in 2012 when he joined the Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) as Legal Counsel. At MFT he was involved in all elements of land conservation, including: structuring of complex farmland conservation projects, drafting conservation easements, and advising on the stewardship and enforcement of those easements. He also has significant experience in real estate transactions, working on both buyer and seller sides of residential and farm real estate transactions, conducting title examination and clearance, and negotiating and drafting agricultural leases. His expertise with non-profit issues includes advising on governance and compliance with state and federal regulation.
Wood said, “During my time at Maine Farmland Trust, I worked closely with Skelton Taintor & Abbott to facilitate our farmland conservation work throughout Maine and, as a very satisfied client, I’m particularly excited to join their team of talented and dedicated attorneys and staff.”
Sarah Mitchell, President of Skelton Taintor & Abbott, said, “We are excited to welcome Reeve to our firm as part of our real estate practice group. His extensive background in real estate at Maine Farmland Trust will be extremely valuable to our existing and future clients who come to us for complex real estate transactions.”Wood serves as President of the Board of the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and as a member of its Lands Acquisition Committee. He also serves on the Bowdoinham Planning Board and the Bowdoinham Comprehensive Planning Committee. His other contributions to the community include coaching for the Merrymeeting Soccer Club. He lives with his wife Hannah, two sons, and his bird dog, Myrtle, in Bowdoinham. The family operates a small farmers’ market bakery.
About Skelton Taintor & Abbott
Skelton Taintor & Abbott is one of Maine’s leading law firms serving individuals and businesses in litigation, and general representation throughout northern New England for more than 150 years. The firm’s main office is located in Auburn and in January 2019, it opened a mid-coast office in Waldoboro.