PORTLAND — Michael Lane of Richmond, a partner at Preti Flaherty, has been named co-chairman of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association’s Public Policy Committee.
Lane is chairman of Preti Flaherty’s Real Estate Group and has represented clients in all aspects of real estate and land use law, including acquisitions, dispositions, obtaining federal, state and local regulatory approvals; commercial and public financing; title and conveyancing matters. He has built a strong timberlands practice representing mills, land management companies and industrial land owners in complex timberlands transactions, including acquisitions, sales, operating agreements, wood supply agreements, underwriting timberland titles, Land Use Planning Commission development compliance and permitting. He routinely appears before municipal planning boards, LUPC and the Department of Environmental Protection to permit residential, commercial and industrial projects.
Lane also serves as vice president and general counsel to Charter Title Company, LLC, Preti Flaherty’s wholly-owned subsidiary, a respected agent for a number of nationally recognized title insurance companies. He has substantial experience in underwriting and negotiating title insurance coverages involving multisite, multimillion dollar commercial transactions, particularly energy, industrial and timberland properties, covering Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
MEREDA’s active Public Policy Committee meets regularly during each legislative session reviewing pending bills and regulations, identifying those of interest to the membership, and works to ensure the real estate industry’s concerns are considered. The committee works to influence and shape the final form of proposed laws and regulations, and initiates new ones when circumstances warrant. MEREDA’s Vice President and Public Policy Committee Chair, Gary D. Vogel says, “Mike has been a valuable member of MEREDA’s public policy committee. He brings a strong and diverse background on a variety of land use and development matters to MEREDA’s public policy committee. I look forward to working and collaborating with Mike on behalf of MEREDA’s members on the various legislative and regulatory issues that the public policy committee addresses”.
For further information, contact MEREDA’s Vice President of Operations, Shelly R. Clark at 207-874-0801 or visit www.mereda.org.