Attorney Erik Stumpfel Interviewed by Portland Press Herald

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Rudman Winchell attorney Erik Stumpfel was interviewed for an in depth story by the Portland Press Herald.

The story is titled: Lawyers parse South Portland ‘tar sands’ law word by word. If it passes Tuesday, competing interpretations of the Waterfront Protection Ordinance will likely be put to the test in court.
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Portland Press Herald Story


Erik M. Stumpfel represents municipalities, counties and other public entities as general counsel.

Erik has more than 20 years experience in the practice of municipal law, including eight years as the City of Bangor’s in-house City Solicitor (1991-1999). As municipal counsel, he has practiced before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Maine Department of Environmental Protection; Maine Human Rights Commission; Maine Public Utilities Commission; Maine State Board of Property Tax Review and other state and federal agencies as well as Maine and federal courts.

Erik also has extensive experience in economic development, tax increment financing, business park development, wind farm projects, state and federal development incentives and related matters.

In his legal career in Maine to date, Erik has provided legal services to county and municipal clients on more than $1 billion of economic development projects that have helped to create more than 2,500 permanent, full-time jobs. He is a director and past president of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council.

During his second Army tour (1984-1987), Erik served as government appeals counsel with the Army Legal Services Agency, with more than 20 published decisions. He helped to inaugurate the Army’s U.S. Supreme Court practice under the Military Justice Act of 1983, authoring or editing briefs in opposition to certiorari petitions. Erik received the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal for that work.

He has taught continuing legal education courses on variety of municipal law topics and has served on legislative study commissions in the areas of tax exempt housing and regulatory takings. In 1998-1999, he served as a member of Maine’s Court Unification Task force. In 2003, as a pro bono project, Erik drafted and helped obtain passage of 30-A MRSA 125, conferring economic development powers and bonding authority on Piscataquis County. In 2007, this statute was amended to include all 16 Maine counties.


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