Stephen Wagner
Associate

"I greatly enjoy helping municipalities strategically navigate legal challenges and achieve the long-term goals of their respective communities. "

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Stephen Wagner
Associate

"I greatly enjoy helping municipalities strategically navigate legal challenges and achieve the long-term goals of their respective communities. "

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Stephen devotes his practice to land use, municipal, public finance, administrative, and environmental law matters and represents municipalities, counties, special purpose districts, nonprofits, Tribal Nations, utilities, neighborhood groups, private landowners, and developers. Clients especially value Stephen’s ability to navigate complex legal and regulatory matters and provide his governmental and private clients alike with clear and pragmatic advice necessary to meet their respective goals.

As a member of Rudman Winchell’s Municipal and Land Use Law Practice Group, Stephen is specifically relied on for his expertise and experience in representing municipalities and developers on economic development and public finance matters. Stephen regularly serves as bond counsel for the firm’s public-sector clients and especially enjoys navigating municipalities and developers through the process of utilizing tax-increment financing and other development tools to realize community visions and ambitious projects. Also, Stephen has substantial experience in the food law, renewable energy leasing, Maine’s adult-use and medical marijuana laws, and shoreland zoning matters.

Before joining Rudman Winchell in 2018, Stephen clerked for the Maine Superior Court and spent two years at a boutique environmental law firm in Concord, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine. Stephen lives in Bangor with his wife, Cayla, and daughter, Greta. When not lawyering, Stephen is probably gardening, paddling, hiking, off to camp, or messing about in the kitchen.

 

Areas of practice:


Contact

207-992-4414

swagner@rudmanwinchell.com

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Memberships and Affiliations

Maine State Bar Association, Member
Downeast Salmon Federation, Board Member
John Waldo Ballou Inn of Court, Member
Penobscot County Bar Association, Member
National Association of Bond Lawyers


Bar Admissions

Maine, 2015
New Hampshire, 2016

Education

University of Maine School of Law, J/D. magna cum laude (2015)

  • Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award in Environmental Law
  • Articles Editor of Ocean and Coastal Law Journal
  • 2014 Shur-Frinsko Award for Municipal Law and Local Government Recipient
  • 2013 Maine Association of Public Interest Law Fellow

College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor, Maine, 2011
B.A., Human Ecology

Assistant

Lynn Brochu

lbrochu@rudmanwinchell.com