Charlie Soltan, James Bass, and Ben Smith conduct their legal practice in the fields of legislative advocacy, regulatory law, administrative and municipal law.
Charlie and James advise multinational, national, along with state and local clients attempting to navigate Maine’s Legislature and Executive branch agencies. Charlie and Ben offer regulatory advice to utilities and other entities before the Maine Public Utilities Commission and other administrative bodies. Ben and James also advise municipal entities throughout the state and litigate before Maine’s various administrative agencies and in state and federal courts of the State.
Their office is located within a short distance of the Maine State House and the majority of the State’s regulatory agencies and courts. Since 2007, Charlie has annually been named one of the Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of Administrative law. His law firm has also achieved first tier ranking since 2010 and for 2014-2015, Charlie was named Lawyer of the Year for Augusta, Maine in the field of Administrative Law.
Charlie and James represent clients large and small on a variety of matters before Maine’s legislative, executive and judicial branches. They assist clients in creating regulatory, legislative and public strategies to meet the challenges in today’s marketplaces, strategically impact the regulatory and legislative arenas through the provision of advocacy services and advice, and manage crises that may develop relative to regulatory or legislative activity.
In the regulatory arena, the firm has an active practice advising participants in the insurance and energy fields. The firm is an active participant in the myriad of energy related debates and cases currently pending in Maine before the Legislature and the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The firm’s practice regularly takes Charlie, James and Ben before many state agencies in administrative, rule making, enforcement and contractual proceedings. Charlie and James also regularly advise insurance companies, both property and casualty, including in the medical malpractice arena, and life and health companies, as well as agents, on matters before the Maine Bureau of Insurance and the Maine Legislature.
James also co-owns Cushnoc Brewing Co. in downtown Augusta, Maine, a craft brewery and wood-fired pizza eatery. Skilled at navigating municipal, state, and federal liquor licensing for breweries, wineries, and distilleries, James has first-hand experience starting a food and beverage business. From corporate formation to licensing under Maine’s Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to workplace and employment policies and procedures, James is well equipped to advice tomorrow’s brewers and chefs.
With regard to municipal matters, Ben and James advise towns, cities and individuals in matters relating to tax, land use/enforcement, zoning, real estate, town meeting and election procedures, Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) requests, municipal ordinances, charters and other agreements. Their practice spans the state and their clients have ranged from Fort Kent to Berwick.