Charles M. Katz-Leavy

Charles M. Katz-Leavy: Attorney with Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry
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Biography

Charlie handles commercial and residential real estate transactions. He represents a variety of clients, including landlords, tenants, developers, lenders, investors, timberland companies, telecommunications companies, wind power companies, hotels, and retail establishments. Charlie has helped clients acquire, finance, sell, and lease properties. He negotiates and drafts easements and contracts, analyzes due diligence items, including title reports and zoning and land use ordinances, and advises clients on tax and financing issues. Charlie also represents clients before municipal permitting boards, in tax abatement appeals, and in the resolution of boundary and other real estate disputes. He has significant experience in negotiating and drafting cell tower leases and wind power leases and easements.

As a member of Verrill Dana's Timberlands, Agriculture & Conservation group, Charlie has worked on transactions involving hundreds of thousands of acres of timberlands, including the recent sale of approximately one million acres. These projects included drafting and negotiating acquisition and loan documents, reviewing complex titles, and dealing with environmental issues.

Charlie's skill in real estate law has been recognized by third-party attorney rating organizations. He has written articles on tax abatements and flood mapping and presented on easement issues.

Charlie serves on Verrill Dana's hiring committee; coaches a recreational high school basketball team for the Portland Parks and Recreation Department; and enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and greyhounds.

Honors

Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
under Real Estate: Timberlands/Conservation
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyersunder
Real Estate: Business, Land Use/Zoning and Energy & Natural Resources

Public Service

Board of Directors, Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)
(2009-2012)

Highlights

Selected for inclusion in the 2014 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars .

News

September 10, 2014
Updated Flood Zones Could Cause Spikes in Insurance

Media Mentions

Charles M. Katz-Leavy

February 10, 2014
Three Verrill Dana Attorneys Elected as Partners of the Firm

Press Releases

Keith E. Glidden,

Charles M. Katz-Leavy,

Tannaz N. Saponaro

January 16, 2014
Bill Offers Flood Premium for Some Mainers

Media Mentions

Charles M. Katz-Leavy

November 8, 2013
FEMA to Release New Flood Maps

Media Mentions

Charles M. Katz-Leavy

May 29, 2013
Verrill Dana Recognized as a Leading Firm by Chambers & Partners

Press Releases

Eric D. Altholz,

Scott D. Anderson,

Kelly B. Boden,

Lisa S. Boehm,

Robert C. Brooks,

Juliet T. Browne,

Anthony M. Calcagni,

Roger A. Clement, Jr.,

James I. Cohen,

Kimberly S. Couch,

Douglas P. Currier,

Gregory S. Fryer,

David L. Galgay, Jr.,

Gregg H. Ginn,

James G. Goggin,

Mark K. Googins,

Katie M. Gray,

William S. Harwood,

Nora R. Healy,

Jeffrey L. Heidt,

Nathaniel R. Hull,

Charles M. Katz-Leavy,

Alan D. MacEwan,

Christopher S. McLoon,

Suzanne E. Meeker,

Richard G. Moon,

Charles R. Oestreicher,

James C. Palmer,

Raymond A. Pelletier,

Jeffrey T. Selser

February 18, 2013
Happy Go Legal Podcast: Mentors as Part of your Successful Team & Environment

Media Mentions

Jeffrey T. Selser,

Charles M. Katz-Leavy

January 5, 2013
Charles Katz-Leavy Provides Comment on Russian Adoption Ban

Media Mentions

Charles M. Katz-Leavy

June 7, 2012
Verrill Dana Ranked Among Top Firms by Chambers & Partners

Press Releases

Eric D. Altholz,

Scott D. Anderson,

Kelly B. Boden,

Lisa S. Boehm,

Robert C. Brooks,

Juliet T. Browne,

Anthony M. Calcagni,

Roger A. Clement, Jr.,

Christopher J.W. Coggeshall,

James I. Cohen,

Kimberly S. Couch,

Douglas P. Currier,

Gregory S. Fryer,

Gregg H. Ginn,

James G. Goggin,

Mark K. Googins,

William S. Harwood,

Nora R. Healy,

Jeffrey L. Heidt,

Nathaniel R. Hull,

Charles M. Katz-Leavy,

Alan D. MacEwan,

Christopher S. McLoon,

Suzanne E. Meeker,

Richard G. Moon,

Charles R. Oestreicher,

James C. Palmer,

Raymond A. Pelletier,

Jeffrey T. Selser,

Christopher R. Smith

Experience

International Adoption

A team of Verrill Dana attorneys devoted countless pro bono hours to assist a very special family seeking legal adoption and citizenship for an abandoned child. The matter involved successful navigation of international laws, repeated probate court appearances, posting legal notices in Russian newspapers, and interpretation of international treaties.

Acquisition of Timber Rights and Fee Interest

We represented the purchaser in the acquisition of timber rights and the option to purchase multiple parcels of timberland in Central and Western Pennsylvania, and eventual acquisition of fee interest.

Boundary Line Dispute

Verrill Dana attorneys were called upon to represent four families who own oceanfront residences in Biddeford Pool with resolving a highly contentious dispute with a neighbor over property boundary lines and easements for access and parking.

Buyer Representation: Multiple Timberland Parcels

We represented the buyer in the acquisition of multiple timberland parcels in five counties in central and western Washington, including assistance with bid preparation, due diligence and tax and business-related advice.

Champlain Wind: Lease and Easement Negotiations

We represented First Wind subsidiary, Champlain Wind, LLC in lease and easement negotiations, fee acquisitions and related project agreements.

Commercial Timberland Acquisition

We provided representation for the purchaser in the acquisition of commercial timberland in central and northern Florida.

Commercial Timberlands: Guatemala

We provided representation of the seller in the negotiation of purchase and sale agreement for the disposition of commercial timberlands in Guatemala and negotiation of a forest management agreement and other ongoing operational contracts.

Commercial Timberlands: Panama

We represented the purchaser in the acquisition of commercial timberlands in Panama, including negotiation of purchase and sale agreement and review of due diligence items (such as title, environmental, and related issues).

Corporate Affiliation Transaction

To increase its competitiveness in a changing health care market, a leading Massachusetts academic medical center sought to build a more integrated health care network. The acquisition of another area hospital was a complex, multi-disciplinary effort spanning seven months.

Estate Representation: Conservation Easement Amendment

Our attorneys represented an estate in its negotiations to amend a conservation easement on a large ocean front property in Scarborough, ME.

Eucalyptus Plantation Purchase

We represented the purchaser in the acquisition and financing of a eucalyptus plantation in Hawaii and the negotiation of a biomass supply agreement.

Major Wireless Telecommunications Company: Integration of Acquired Competitor

We represented a major wireless telecommunications company in a reconfiguration of telecommunications infrastructure to allow the integration of recently acquired competitor.

Major Wireless Telecommunications Company: Network Build-Outs

We represented a major wireless telecommunications company in 3G and 4G network build-outs in Maine.

Obtaining Town Approval for a Subdivision

Verrill Dana attorneys successfully represented a large landowner in hearings before the Planning Board and Board of Selectmen for the Town of Arundel to correct issues with an improperly built subdivision. This representation involved substantial title work, the creation of a homeowners association and road maintenance agreement, negotiations with abutters, and presentations to local permitting boards.

One Million Acre Sale of Timberlands

We provided representation of landowner entities in the sale of approximately 1,000,000 acres of timberland in Maine and New Hampshire.

Property Boundary Dispute

Landowners mired in a two decade long contest with their neighbors over several acres of land on the Presumpscot River turned to Verrill Dana to resolve the dispute.

Purchaser Representation: 300,000 Acre Timberland Deal

We represented the purchaser in the acquisition of more than 300,000 acres of timberland in Northern Maine, including negotiation of purchase and sale agreement, entity formation, tax advice, loan representation, environmental due diligence and ongoing operational assistance.

Right of Way Dispute

Our attorneys represented a property owner in a dispute with a neighbor over the scope of a right of way to Lake Megunticook. We were able to successfully resolve the dispute by modifying and clarifying the scope of the right of way and obtaining concessions from the opposing party.

Sale of Dairy Farm With Conservation Easement

We represented the owners of a dairy farm in Freeport, Maine with the sale of their residence, farm, rare heritage cattle herd, and dairy operations to an investor from New York.

Sale of Wetlands Mitigation Bank

We represented a landowner in the negotiation of purchase and sale agreement and subsequent sale of a wetlands mitigation bank in southeastern Texas to an investor.

Sales of Conservation Easements

We represented the landowner in negotiations and sales of multiple conservation easements in southeastern Virginia and central and western Pennsylvania.

Second Portland Limited Partnership: Tax Abatement

We successfully represented the owner of a large commercial office building in South Portland with a property tax abatement proceeding. Our attorneys were able to settle with the City of Portland for a reduction of almost $2 million in the tax assessed valutation.

Special Exception Application for a Home and Accessory Structures

Our attorneys successfully represented an oceanfront landowner in connection with obtaining approval of the client's Special Exception Application for a home and accessory structures located in the Town of Kennebunk's Resource Protection District.

SunEdison Massachusetts Solar Projects

In 2013, Verrill Dana represented First Wind (now SunEdison) in its acquisition of several solar projects in Massachusetts.

SunEdison: Wind Power Development

We represent SunEdison in the development, permitting, construction and operation of its wind power projects in Maine. Our Environmental Group has been instrumental in wind power development since its inception in Maine, not only because we represent over 90 percent of the wind power capacity in the State, but because we have shaped the legislation, regulation and judicial precedent that will make it possible for wind energy development to continue to flourish in the future.

Timberland Acquisition and Sale of Conservation Easement

We provided representation of a purchaser in the acquisition of commercial timberland and the sale of a conservation easement in Monroe County, Alabama.

Title and Deed Research Lead to Probate Victory

We represented a client who had been disappointed to learn that neither they nor their neighbor owned the adjacent beachfront property on Highland Lake. Our attorneys were able to track down the owners of the property and obtain fee ownership of the beach for our clients.

Wetlands Mitigation Bank Creation

We provided counsel in the creation of a wetlands mitigation bank in southeastern Texas. The matter involved a new approach to wetlands mitigation, whereby property being conserved was valued based upon ecology rather than development potential.

Wind Energy Easements

We represented landowners in the negotiation of Wind Energy Easements with multiple developers in Maine and New Hampshire.

Events

September 9, 2014
Reversing the Tide

Speaking Engagements

Charles M. Katz-Leavy

Publications

October 24, 2014
Appealing FEMA's Newly Proposed Flood Maps

Published Works

Charles Katz-Leavy and Mathew Todaro

July 8, 2014
An Introduction to Property Tax Abatements in Maine

Published Works

Charles Katz-Leavy

January 16, 2014
Bill Offers Flood Premium Reprieve for Some Mainers

November 7, 2013
Reversing the Tide: How to Appeal FEMA's Proposed Flood Maps

Published Works

October 11 - October 24, 2013
Are You Covered For That?

Published Works

Charles Katz-Leavy

August 30 - September 12, 2013
Do You Have A License For That?

Published Works

Charles Katz-Leavy

July 26 - August 15, 2013
Commercial Option Agreements Versus Purchase and Sale Agreements

Published Works

Charles Katz-Leavy

June 28, 2013
How Do You Decide Whether to Use a Purchase and Sale or an Option Agreement?

Published Works

Charles Katz-Leavy

March 17, 2013
Jefferson Road Condemnation Pits Town Against Property Owners

Charles Katz-Leavy

August 27, 2010
Reversing the Tide: How to Appeal FEMA's Proposed Flood Maps

Alerts and Newsletters

August 28, 2009
Weighing Abatements

Published Works

Charles Katz-Leavy

August 15, 2008
A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding Easements presented by Charles Katz-Leavy

Seminar Materials

January 31, 2007
Twisting in the Spin: Is Title IX Responsible for the Elimination of Men's College Sports Teams?

Published Works

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Real Estate
  • Timberlands
  • Commercial Lending
  • Hospitality
  • Real Estate Title Litigation
  • Agriculture & Conservation
  • Fashion & Design Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
800-756-1166  Phone
207-775-7271  Phone
207-775-7935  Fax
www.jbgh.com
www.jensenbaird.com
University Attended:
Columbia University, B.A., cum laude, 2002
Law School Attended:
Boston College Law School, J.D., 2006
Year of First admission:
2006
Admission:
2006, Maine and Massachusetts
Memberships:

Memberships

American Bar Association
Maine Bar Association
Member, Forest Landowners Association
Member, PROPEL, of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

ISLN:
919785524

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