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Phil Gleason is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Business Law, Energy and Real Estate Practice Groups. He also chairs the firm’s Opinions Committee. His practice includes mergers and acquisitions, the representation of both lenders and borrowers in commercial financings, tax-exempt bonds and energy projects.
Phil has represented various parties in complex conventional and tax-exempt financings over the past thirty years, including borrowers, lenders, trustees, escrow agents, underwriters and financial intermediaries and has been involved in some of Maine’s largest transactions. He has worked on matters involving the Finance Authority of Maine and the Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority, and has long-standing working relationships with personnel in both agencies.
In 2010, Phil acted as bond counsel for several tax-exempt 501(c)(3) financings, and was bond counsel in two of the three “recovery zone facility bond” transactions which were closed in Maine.
Phil’s work on energy projects includes the financing and commercial aspects of hydro, biomass, gas and waste disposal facilities. He has been involved in the purchase and sale of energy projects including hydro facilities in Maine and New Hampshire. He is currently working on the early stage development of an undersea transmission line on the West Coast.
He was a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas E. Delahanty of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine before joining Bernstein Shur in 1976.
Phil is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his corporate law work. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Phil and his wife Mary Schendel (also an attorney) have two grown children and are long-time residents of the Town of Cumberland. Phil is a former member and Chairperson of both the Cumberland Planning Board and Town Council. Currently, he is the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Bangor Theological Seminary, a non-sectarian seminary founded in 1814 with campuses in Bangor and Portland. He is active in his church and has many interests including classical music, cooking, wine and sports of all kinds. He is an avid skier, fly fisherman and road cyclist.
JD, University of Virginia, 1975
BA, Oberlin College, 1970, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Admitted to practice:
State of Maine
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
Maine State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Cumberland County Bar Association
Coastal Conservation Association of Maine
National Association of Bond Lawyers
Bangor Theological Seminary (Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees)