Raymond A. Pelletier serves clients in the firm’s Real Estate, Timberlands, Telecommunications, Maritime and International Trades & Transactions practice groups. Ray joined Verrill Dana in 1988. From 1993 to 1996 he served as in-house Real Estate Counsel for Hannaford Bros. Co., a major supermarket chain, before returning to Verrill Dana. Ray has been recognized as one of Maine's leading real estate attorneys by several third-party attorney ranking organizations.
As a member of the firm’s Real Estate Group, Ray’s practice focuses on all aspects of commercial development, including site acquisition and leasing, governmental licensing and permitting, construction and financing. Ray’s work has included the acquisition and development of supermarket, shopping center, medical, housing and other projects, as well as divestiture, site acquisition and development work for electrical utility and telecommunications clients.
Ray has represented clients in the timber and forest products industry in a wide variety of matters, including purchases and sales involving hundreds of thousands of acres, complex partitions and land trades, agreements relating to the exploration and extraction of mineral rights, and the negotiation of management, harvesting, wood supply and other operational contracts.
Since the late 1990’s, Ray has played a leading role in telecommunications site development in the State of Maine. He has provided real estate and zoning advice in the build out and reconfiguration of hundreds of telecommunications sites in every part of the State, including the development of towers, rooftop and stealth installations.
During his Coast Guard career, Ray performed legal work in support of the Marine Safety and Environmental Protection programs and held operational and command positions at the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Offices in Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts. At Verrill Dana, Ray has worked on transactions involving marine terminal facilities, vessel financing and other marine-related matters.
As a member of the firm’s International Trades & Transactions Practice Group, Ray provides transactional advice to foreign as well as domestic clients. He is fluent in Russian, and has spent considerable time in Russia and other Eastern European countries. He is engaged in a variety of professional and civic activities involving the Russian Federation.
Outside the office Ray enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities, including skiing, sailing and scuba diving.
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under
Real Estate: Timberlands / Conservation
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Real Estate Law
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under Real
Estate: Business, Land Use/Zoning and International
Vice Chair, The Greater Portland-Russian Sister City Committee (1997-Present)
CDR, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)
“Raymond is an outstanding attorney. He brings tremendous expertise to his work, and is a complete pleasure to work with. His experience and analytical mind make him an asset in any situation. Highly recommended.”
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars .
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018.
Huber Timber LLC
We represented Huber Timber, LLC in partition and exchange of fractional assets involving approximately two dozen townships.
J.M. Huber Corporation: Timberland Transactions
We represented J.M. Huber in purchase and sale transactions involving approximately 200,000 acres of timberlands.
J.M. Huber Corporation: Reorganization
We represented J.M. Huber in a complex reorganization, including the transfer of approximately 280,000 acres of timberlands and related assets to a subsidiary company. We analyzed extensive due diligence materials, drafted necessary documentation, and resolved permitting issues.
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.
Verrill Dana Helps Gardiner Water District Secure Land for a New Water Tank
Verrill Dana assisted long-time client Gardiner Water District, and its engineering firm Wright-Pierce, obtain the necessary land to construct a one million gallon water tank in Farmingdale.
May 29, 2013
Verrill Dana Recognized as a Leading Firm by Chambers & Partners
Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, 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, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, James C. Palmer, Raymond A. Pelletier
May 10, 2013
Ray Pelletier and John Devine Contribute Articles to New England Real Estate Journal
Raymond A. Pelletier
April 9, 2013
Greater Portland - Archangel Sister City Committee: Russian Radio Interview
Raymond A. Pelletier
June 7, 2012
Verrill Dana Ranked Among Top Firms by Chambers & Partners
Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, 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, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, James C. Palmer, Raymond A. Pelletier, Christopher R. Smith
November 1, 2016
What Are the Hidden Risks with Tenant Funded Leasehold Improvements
June 24, 2013
Third Party Ownership of Health Care Facilities
June 10, 2013
Avoid Catastrophic Liability When You're the Tenant
April 26 - May 2, 2013
Do I Really Need to Have an Attorney Review My Lease
March 22, 2013
Avoid Falling Prey to a Bad Exclusive Use Clause