Sarah McDaniel

Maine Land Use and Property Attorney

Location
Portland, Maine Area
Industry
Law Practice
Current
  1. Douglas McDaniel Campo & Schools LLC, PA,
  2. Maine Land Law LLC, PA
Previous
  1. Murray Plumb & Murray,
  2. Public, Private and Non-Profit Law Offices,
  3. The Trustees of Reservations
Education
  1. Harvard Law School
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Background

Summary

Drawing on my background in land conservation and civil litigation experience in state and federal courts in Maine, I focus my practice on land use and property law.

I truly enjoy helping clients determine what they can and cannot do with their property. I provide land use opinions, and help clients obtain (or challenge) land use permits at the municipal and state agency level, including judicial appeals if necessary. I help clients resolve boundary and easement disputes through litigation or settlement. I also negotiate conservation easements, trail easements and licences, and assist in real estate transactions.

Sarah is admitted to the bar of the State of Maine, United States District Court, Maine District, and the United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit.

Experience

Attorney / Founding Partner

Douglas McDaniel Campo & Schools LLC, PA
– Present (1 year)Westbrook Maine

In 2013, I co-founded Douglas McDaniel Campo & Schools LLC, PA -- a general civil practice law firm working throughout the State of Maine. My practice continues to focus on property law under the Maine Land Law name: land use permitting and appeals, conveyances, land conservation, and civil litigation of real property disputes, including boundaries, title and access. By forming the firm, I have joined forces with three other excellent attorneys with practice areas that include: personal injury, commercial and general civil litigation, family law, and immigration matters.

Attorney / Owner

Maine Land Law LLC, PA
– Present (5 years 1 month)

Solo practitioner (2009-2013) focusing in all aspects of real property law, principally land use permitting and appeals, easement conveyances, and civil litigation of real property disputes.
I closed the solo practice in October 2013 to co-found Douglas McDaniel Campo & Schools LLC, but continue to focus my practice and work under the Maine Land Law name as well.

Associate Attorney

Murray Plumb & Murray
(6 years 9 months)

As an associate attorney at a 14-18 lawyer firm in Portland, Maine, my practice focused approximately 75% on land use permitting and appeals, property development and regulation, boundary and easement disputes, and municipal law. The remainder of my time was spent on general litigation in state and federal court, including substantive areas of property taxation, admiralty, eminent domain, corporations law, and contracts. I was responsible for handling most aspects of cases including: extensive client interaction, court hearings and oral argument (including at the Maine Supreme Judicial Court), appearances before municipal and state boards, Rule 16B ADR negotiations, depositions and witness examinations.

Law School Clerkships

Public, Private and Non-Profit Law Offices
(2 years)

Northeast General Counsel’s Office, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (Gloucester, MA), Summer 2002

Hill & Barlow (Boston, MA), Private Law Firm, Summer 2001

Public Integrity Division & Environmental Strike Force, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (Boston, MA), Spring 2001

Trustees for Alaska, Non-profit Environmental Law Firm (Anchorage, AK), Summer 2000

Land Protection Specialist / Assistant Director for Public Issues

The Trustees of Reservations
(2 years)

Negotiated and carried out land conservation transactions with landowners; coordinated grassroots campaigns and lobbied government officials for state open space legislation; jointly wrote and published an award-winning plan to guide land conservation; assisted in coordination of statewide land trust conferences; assisted in administrative management of Land Conservation Center.

Private Conservation Consultant

Self Employed
(1 year 10 months)

Short-term consulting for several Maine non-profits (Northern Forest Alliance, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Frenchman Bay Conservancy, Museum of Natural History) and work as an Editorial Assistant preparing a book manuscript for publication (Chance and Change, by W.H. Drury, University of California Press, 1998).

Skills

  • Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Land Conservation
  • Real Estate
  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use
  • Property Law
  • Hearings
  • Corporate Law
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Licensing
  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Courts
  • Mediation
  • Conservation Issues
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Family Law
  • Conservation Easements
  • Appeals
  • Public Policy
  • Land Use Law
  • Alternative Dispute...
  • Municipal Law
  • Elder Law
  • Nonprofits
  • Legislation
  • Zoning
  • Intellectual Property
  • Wildlife
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Wetlands
  • Legal Assistance
  • Environmental Policy
  • Natural Resources
  • Wills
  • Policy Analysis
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Education

Harvard Law School

J.D.

Activities and Societies: Harvard Environmental Law Review

Yale University

Master of Environmental Studies, conservation policy

College of the Atlantic

B.A. in Human Ecology, conservation biology

Additional Info

  1. Interests

    • Sarah donated her kidney in October 2008. In her rare free time,
    • Sarah enjoys reading,
    • hiking,
    • and spending time with her family out of doors.
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Honors & Awards

New England Super Lawyers Rising Star designation 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Katahdin Counsel, 2012, 2013

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