Robert J. Crawford: Lawyer with Bernstein Shur

Robert J. Crawford

Augusta,  ME  U.S.A.
Phone207 228-7203

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Practice Areas

  • Municipal Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Administrative Hearings and Appeals
  • Complex Property Tax and Valuation Appeals
  • Legislative Counsel and Lobbying Services
  • Land Use Reviews
  • Representation of Special District
  • Permitting, Litigation and Appeals
  • Sales and Use Tax Appeals
University Colgate University and The Evergreen State College, B.A., Biology, 1977
Law SchoolUniversity of Minnesota, J.D., cum laude, 1987 Member, Moot Court Board Region 14 Champions
Admitted1987, Minnesota; 1989, Maine
BornMassachusetts, 1954

Rob Crawford is a member and former leader of the Municipal and Regulatory Practice Group at Bernstein Shur. Rob is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his municipal work. He is also the Maine Representative of the National Association of Property Tax Attorneys.

Rob counsels municipalities, individuals and businesses in general municipal law, land use and permitting, property taxation, property tax assessment and appeals, tax collection, tax lien procedures and related matters in bankruptcy proceedings.

Rob assists the firm's private energy clients with property tax and valuation issues related to economics, operations and development of thermal, hydro and wind electrical generation facilities.

Rob has logged well over 100 trial days before the Maine State Board of Property Tax Review in administrative hearings concerning the valuation of complex industrial or commercial properties. Among the cases he has litigated are Bath Iron Works v. Bath, Champion International v. Bucksport, Central Maine Power Company v. Yarmouth, Great Cove Boat Club v. Eliot, Northeast Empire #2 LP v. Ashland, Maine Medical Center v. Falmouth, Great Northern Paper Company v. East Millinocket, Sprague Energy Company v. Bucksport, and Cushing Holdings, LLC et al. v. Cushing, Brookfield Power v. E. Millinocket, Black Point Inn v. Scarborough.

Rob successfully argued the following cases before the Maine Law Court: Ring v. Town of Freeport, Yusem v. Town of Raymond, Northeast Empire #2 LP v. Ashland, and Sawyer v. Cape Elizabeth.

Rob counsels businesses, individuals and municipalities on current use property tax programs, property tax exemptions, tax reimbursement and tax increment financing and economic development programs.

Rob uses his experience in appraisal and property valuation as counsel to private clients, municipalities and special districts in eminent domain proceedings.

Rob assists private clients, municipal and quasi-municipal entities in drafting and securing legislation. Before deciding to attend law school, Rob owned and operated a wooden boat repair shop. He also worked as a consultant biologist, fly fishing instructor and environmental educator in Yosemite National Park. His other interests include restoring barns, cars and boats, competitive cycling, fly fishing and backcountry skiing.



Maine State and American Bar Associations (Tax Section)

Cumberland County Bar Association

University of Minnesota Law School Alumni Association

Town of Cumberland Board Assessment Review

Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust (Past-President)

National Association of Property Tax Attorneys, Maine Representative


September 1, 2010, Does Reorganization Need Reform?


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Establishing A Property’s Tax Valuation - Earlier is Better
Robert J. Crawford, April 16, 2014
Few developers think of spending precious time and resources on working with a municipality to determine the appropriate property tax valuation method and an estimated preliminary value of a real estate project during the preconstruction phase. Doing just that, however, can pay dividends over the...

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Robert J. Crawford

146 Capitol Street
AugustaME 04330-5057


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