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Arnold C. Macdonald


Meet Arnie, an accomplished business counselor dedicated to providing legal aid to those in need.

Arnold C. Macdonald


207 228-7132 direct
207 774-1200 main
207 774-1127 facsimile

100 Middle Street
PO Box 9729
Portland, ME 04104-5029

Legal Assistant

Sarah Resah Wilson
(207) 228-7255



  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2024
    Construction Law
    Corporate Law
    Project Finance Law
    Real Estate Law
  • “Lawyer of the Year 2022” for Corporate Law, Best Lawyers in America
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, 2020
  • “Lawyer of the Year 2019” for Construction Law, Best Lawyers in America
  • AV Preeminent® – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Howard H. Dana Award, Maine Bar Foundation
  • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project Outstanding Service Award
  • Barnett I. Shur Community Service Award
  • Mentor of the Year, Portland High School

Here’s why you’ll enjoy working with him.

Growing up working for his family’s flag and banner company, Arnie’s business education started at a young age. Today, he is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Succession Planning practice group, and provides counsel to small and mid-sized companies in business matters of all types, from formation issues and real estate deals to mergers and acquisitions. He’s particularly well-versed in financing, and works with both profit and nonprofit clients on a range of complex transactions, including low-income housing development, conduit financing, and private stock placements.  Arnie worked as a laborer for Bob Vila of This Old House in college, and has advised clients on construction contracts throughout his career.

As the former chair of the Maine State Bar Association’s Business Law Section, Arnie is a trusted authority on corporate and limited liability company law, testifying on these issues before legislative committees and the Maine Supreme Court. He was a working group chair for the drafting of the Maine Business Corporation Act. He is also very active in providing legal service to indigent citizens, which prompted the Maine Bar Foundation to create the Arnie Macdonald Award, an honor given each year to a young attorney in recognition of his or her legal service work.

But that’s not all. Arnie is also very experienced in:

  • Federal, state, and local affordable housing programs, including tax exempt bonds and tax credit financings
  • Product distribution and marketing, including advertising claims, antitrust, collections, and franchising
  • Representing low income housing developers
  • Advising contractors, subcontractors, owners, and suppliers on construction matters and mechanic’s lien law, including insurance coverage of construction disputes

In his former life, Arnie was:

  • Practicing construction and corporate law with Burns Ray DeLano & Macdonald, which merged with Bernstein Shur in 2000

When Arnie isn’t working, he is…

Providing legal services through the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project and Volunteer Lawyers Project. He also loves nature photography and outdoor sports, including skiing, biking, and hiking, and is currently learning to play the double bass.


JD, University of Denver School of Law, 1985
BA, Bowdoin College, 1981, cum laude

Admitted to practice
State of Maine
State of Colorado (not currently admitted)
US District Court, Districts of Maine and Colorado


Maine Campaign for Justice (Chair, 2014)
Maine State Bar Association (Chair of Business Law Section, 2005–2006)
American Bar Association (Business Law Section, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development, Construction Industry Forum, former commissioner on the ABA IOLTA Commission)
Maine Bar Fellow
Fellow of the American Bar Association
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Board Member
Maine Homeless Veterans’ Alliance (Founding Director)
Freeport Conservation Trust (Past President)
Maine Justice Foundation (Past President)
Maine Equal Justice (Past Board Member)
Volunteer Lawyers Project (Past Chair, Advisory Board)
South Freeport Church (Past President)
Maine Academy of Modern Music (Past President)