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Corporate and Business Law

Odds are Pearce, Dow & Burns, LLP has run into your particular business question or problem before. Whether you are just starting your business, buying or selling an existing one (whether large or small), or have encountered a problem in your current business, we understand your needs and would love to help you.

For more than 30 years, our lawyers have achieved outstanding results for business men and women in virtually all business contexts. We have been recognized as lawyers with a breadth of business law knowledge and experience, technical legal know-how and a unique ability to clearly communicate with our clients as we guide them through real-world business matters.  We analyze the details of your case but keep your “big picture” business needs front and center at all times. We understand that we are there to facilitate the transaction, not become a roadblock to its closing.

We may be the right fit for you if you:

  • Own or operate a business
  • Are exploring a new business opportunity
  • Need an agreement drafted or reviewed
  • Find yourself in the middle of a business dispute
  • Want to simply discuss your business concerns or objectives
  • Seek to organize a new corporation or limited liability company
  • Are approaching a merger or acquisition
  • Are considering the purchase or sale of all or a portion of your business
  • Need to draft or review your commercial lease
  • Need a buy-sell agreement between you and your fellow shareholders
  • Seek to dissolve your corporation

We prepare and review all types of business and transactional documents from the most simple to the most complex.

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Our Office
  • Portland Office
    Two Monument Square
    Suite 901, P.O. BOX 108
    Portland, Maine 04112
    Phone: 207-822-9900
    Fax: 207-822-9901
Recent Representation
  • "Representation of secured lender in Chapter 11 case involving corporate debtor that owned home heating oil business and gas stations/convenience stores. Client was paid all principal, interest and attorneys fees."

  • "Representation of developer that purchased large distressed condominium project from Federal Court receiver. Resolved numerous environmental, title, zoning, construction, permitting and other operational matters. The project is now doing well in a bad economy."

Client Testimonials
  • "My relationship, and the Bank's relationship with Mike Pearce and the firm of Pearce & Dow spans over 20 years. Mike is a tireless advocate, a teacher, an informal counselor to our employees and an outstanding attorney. Pearce & Dow has ably represented TD Bank and its predecessors in loan originations of every kind for many years. The firm is also a highly regarded workout and Chapter 11 firm that continues to generate results for TD Bank. The lawyers at Pearce & Dow are always professional, honorable, knowledgeable and thorough in dealings both with us and our customers and clients. I recommend Pearce & Dow to any lender or other client without reservation."  --Lawrence A. Wold, President, Maine, TD Bank, N.A.

  • "Mike Pearce has been our attorney since 1981. He guided us through several incorporations, golf course real estate developments, financing, debtor/creditor issues, course construction contracts and permitting. Mike worked with our engineers on course construction permits which required review by nineteen boards and agencies. He is familiar with all things golf. From the height of cut of greens to food and beverage including fine dining. He is a consummate professional exhibiting a depth of knowledge and most importantly honor (integrity). "  -Sincerely, Mike Farina