Stephen Wagner is a member of Rudman Winchell’s municipal law practice group. He focuses his practice on municipal, environmental, administrative, and land use law matters. Before entering private practice, Stephen worked for several national and Maine conservation and environmental litigation non-profits.
In fall 2018, after a couple of years practicing law at a boutique environmental and land use law firm in New Hampshire, Stephen decided to return to the region that first inspired him to pursue a career in environmental and land use law when he was an undergraduate at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. Stephen graduated from the College of the Atlantic with a B.A. in Human Ecology.
With his diverse experience, combined with his legal acumen, Stephen is especially adept at cutting through the regulatory and technical fog to give municipal officials and boards pragmatic advice, assist private developers in securing necessary permits, and guide neighbors and opposition groups in defending against inappropriate or unsustainable developments.
- Advising municipalities and local boards on all aspects of municipal law
- Real estate litigation
- Counseling municipalities and business owners on Maine’s evolving marijuana hemp and CBD regulatory regimes
- Drafting ordinances, legislation, and testimony
- Navigating Maine’s Freedom of Access Act
- Obtaining necessary permits and contract zone agreements from state and federal agencies and municipalities
- Tax Increment Financing (TIF) programs
- Litigating municipal and governmental appeals on behalf of municipalities, developers, and abutters
Stephen earned his J.D. at the University of Maine School of Law. After law school, Stephen clerked for the Maine Superior Court in Bangor, Maine.
Areas of practice:
New Hampshire, 2016
University of Maine School of Law
Portland, Maine, 2015
Honors: magna cum laude
Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award in Environmental Law
Shur-Frinsko Award for Municipal Law and Local Governance
College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor, Maine, 2011
B.A., Human Ecology