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Elizabeth A. Boepple

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    “As a former small business owner, I understand the many challenges a business owner faces every day. Helping my business clients with their land use and environmental issues takes some of those challenges off their shoulders and makes their day just a little bit easier.”

    Biography

    Beth is an environmental and land use lawyer working with clients throughout New England. She specializes in commercial real estate, land use, energy, and business law, with extensive experience and a special interest in working with hospitality clients, farms and food producers.

    In her practice, Beth counsels businesses, individuals and HOA’s in a full range of land use and environmental matters before local and state agencies as well as trial and appellate state courts and federal trial courts. Her active commercial transactions practice involves sales and purchases of large and small businesses, and advice on issues including the initial selection of the business entity type, business formation, contract negotiation, drafting of related agreements, governance, and financing. Beth has substantial experience working with businesses in the commercial recreational and resort industry. Beth’s multi-state practice also includes representing individuals in complex land use disputes.

    Notable work has included acting as counsel for the last 15 years to a historic resort in Manchester, Vermont, on land use and development; representing The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests in defeating Eversource Energy’s Northern Pass transmission line through New Hampshire; and serving as Special Associate Attorney General for Idaho in Maine v. McCarthy before the US District Court of Maine.

    Originally from Vermont, Beth was a successful restaurateur before earning her Juris Doctor degree from Vermont Law School. She has been a partner in the law firms of Lambert Coffin in Maine, and prior to that in Witten, Woolmington, Campbell, and Boepple in Vermont. Most recently she was a partner with BCM Environmental & Land Law.

    Beth is passionate about community involvement, serving as a volunteer lawyer for Conservation Law Foundation’s Legal Food Hub and as an active board member with Community Housing of Maine and MOFGA, as well as recently serving as chair on the City of Portland Planning Board and spending ten years on Vermont’s State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Beth also works as consultant with Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture & Food Systems where she advises staff attorneys assisting farmers and food producers with legal solutions.

    Publications

    The Law of Eminent Domain, Fifty-State Survey, Maine Chapter, A Fifty-state and District of Columbia compendium of the Law of Eminent Domain. Publication: American Bar Association, 2012.

    Practice Areas

    • Land Use
    • Commercial Real Estate/Transactions
    • Energy
    • Business Law

    Education

    • Vermont Law School, JD
      • As a third year Dean’s Fellow taught legal writing to first year law students
    • University of Vermont, B.A.

    Clerkships

    Hon. Jerome J. Niedermeier, United States Magistrate Judge, District of Vermont

    Bar & Court Admissions

    • Maine
    • Vermont
    • New Hampshire
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont
    • U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire