Municipal Zoning & School Law

Gilbert & Greif, P.A. represents a number of towns and several special use districts on a wide range of municipal issues:

  • Taxation
  • Employment
  • Waste disposal
  • Eminent domain
  • Land use and zoning

We serve both as counselors and advocates, rendering proactive compliance advice, but also vigorously representing our clients in courts and before administrative bodies, including the Maine Board of Property Tax Review, the Public Utilities Commission, and the Maine Board of Environmental Protection. We have experience in zoning and land use matters, both in terms of advising Planning and Zoning Boards of Appeal in the towns we represent, and appearing before similar boards on behalf of clients in towns we don’t represent. Charlie Gilbert is a long time member of the Maine Council of School Board Attorneys, and has represented school districts, administrators and teachers on a number of issues.

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June 23, 2017: 30th anniversary of 1st Circuit decision in U.S. v. Daniels

On June 23, 1987, the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit handed down a decision authored by now US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in United States v. Daniels. Charlie Gilbert represented Appellant Daniels. The appeals court held that the trial court had committed error by refusing to allow the Appellant to withdraw his guilty plea because the full terms of the plea agreement had not been fully disclosed to the court, as required by Rule 11 of the Criminal Rules. The omitted disclosure was the government’s position that all of the defendants had to plead guilty or none could, thus setting the stage for the other defendants to pressure this defendant to plead guilty. Therefore, the guilty plea may not have been voluntary as required by Rule 11, and the defendant should have been allowed to withdraw it.

2014 to mark Gilbert & Greif, P.A.'s 30th anniversary

In 1984, Peggy Gilbert hung out her shingle, and commenced the private practice of law in a small office on Harlow Street in Bangor.  While women were beginning to come to the bar in ever increasing numbers, not many undertook to start and run their own practice.

Spring is Annual Report Filing season here at Gilbert & Greif!

Every year at this time we remind our many corporate clients that the June 1st filing deadline is fast approaching and their Corporate Clerk, Charlie Gilbert, needs to know of any changes in the corporate structure