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Commercial Real Estate and Land Use Law

The firm handles all types of real estate matters ranging from the most straightforward purchase or sale of real estate, to the declaration of condominiums, to large-scale development with complex permitting issues. We guide our clients through their transactions with the hands-on attention to detail that real estate transactions require.

Mike Pearce is a former member and two-time chairman of his town’s zoning board. Aaron Burns is currently chairman of his city’s zoning board. Both have represented all constituents in zoning, planning and land use disputes before numerous state and local boards and agencies and in court. We have represented virtually every type of party in municipal proceedings involving:

  • Heavily contested subdivision approvals
  • Zoning matters of all kinds
  • Applications for rezoning
  • Site plan review
  • All other types of land use matters

Our land use clients include towns, applicants for town permits, objecting abutters, secured creditors and others.

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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