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Philip R. Saucier is chair of Bernstein Shur’s Municipal and Regulatory Practice Group and a member of the Legislative and Political Law Practice Group.
His municipal and regulatory practice focuses on land use and development issues, and he provides legal counsel to municipal officials and boards, including zoning and site plan compliance, enforcement actions and administrative and judicial appeals. Phil represents real estate developers and property owners in proceedings to obtain land use approvals at the local, state and federal levels. He advises municipalities on a variety of issues from election law to Maine’s Freedom of Access Act.
Phil focuses his legislative and political law practice on assisting clients with health care and health insurance, municipal and land use matters. He represents a wide variety of clients before the Maine State Legislature and provides those clients with comprehensive services including drafting legislation, testimony and working with administrative agencies. Phil also specializes in advising clients on campaign compliance and election law, including government ethics requirements, political action committee formation and governance, and ballot question campaigns.
Phil has deep experience working with government officials regarding municipal land use and healthcare law. Prior to attending law school, Phil worked as an urban/land use planner at Sasaki Associates, an international architecture and design firm. He practiced land use and environmental law in Portland after law school, and is a former member of the City of Portland Zoning Board of Appeals, having previously served as its chairman.
Phil served as a senior policy and legal advisor for Governor John E. Baldacci, where he was the senior legal advisor for health care and health insurance matters that arose throughout the departments of the executive branch. He was also the Governor’s legislative liaison to the Maine Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee and the Insurance and Financial Services Committee. Phil served as a law clerk for the Hon. John A. Woodcock, Jr., U.S. District Court for the District of Maine.
Representative matters include:
Phil has been recognized as a New England Super Lawyers Rising Star for for the state, local and municipal practice area. He is a frequent speaker on municipal and land use matters.
Phil resides in Portland’s Deering neighborhood with his wife Kate, son Louis and daughter Ava. He enjoys playing tennis, racquetball and brewing beer, and loves to travel as often as possible.
JD, University of Maine School of Law, cum laude (Editor in Chief, Maine Law Review)
BA, Vassar College
Admitted to practice:
State of Maine
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
Portland Zoning Board of Appeals (Past Chair) 2005-2012
Maine State Bar Association (Co-Chair, Municipal Section)