Ben has decades of experience in sophisticated commercial transactions for national and international businesses, including many of Brann & Isaacson’s multichannel marketing clients.  He has been recognized by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America® for Real Estate Law and Corporate Law, and elected by his colleagues as the Chair of the Maine State Bar Association’s Real Estate & Title Section.  He represents clients in a wide range of real estate and corporate matters, taxation and immigration law issues.  His work includes review and resolution of title issues, negotiation of commercial purchase and construction agreements, leases and easements, technology acquisition and development agreements, project permitting, and commercial finance.

Bowdoin College (B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1983)
Oxford University (1983)
Harvard University (J.D., cum laude, 1987) 

U.S. District Court, District of Maine.  

Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers (2016)
The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law and Corporate Law (2012 – present)
Super Lawyers (2020 – 2023)
Natural Resources Council of Maine Environmental Award (2004)
Best Lawyers: Lawyer of the Year, 2012, Real Estate Law, Augusta Area.

Professional Affiliations

Androscoggin County Bar Association
Maine State Bar Association

  • Real Estate and Business Law Sections
  • Title Standards Subcommittee Vice Chair (2009 – 2010)
  • Title Standards Subcommittee Chair (2011 – 2012)
  • Real Estate Section Chair (2013 – 2014)

American Bar Association

  • Business Law, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections.


The Remotest Idea—Practical and Ethical Lessons Learned During the Pandemic,” with Pamela E. Baker and Melissa G. Powers, Probate & Property, 50-57 (Sept./Oct. 2022).

  • Negotiation of long-term ground leases in connection with $500 million expansion of Maine’s largest hospital
  • Negotiation of financing and purchase of mixed use resort and golf course
  • Nationwide LEED–certified store leasing and construction for major Maine multichannel retailer
  • Sale of real estate–secured bonds for Maine statewide electricity transmission system
  • Dealership acquisitions and financing for Maine’s largest automobile dealer
  • Negotiation of statewide Enhanced and Next Generation 9–1–1 services agreement for Maine
  • Negotiation of sophisticated technology agreements with IBM, SAP and Oracle
  • Negotiation and closing of multistate like–kind exchanges of national tenant retail real estate
  • Acquisition of Maine distillery for largest privately owned U.S. spirits supplier
  • Negotiation of ground lease for development of Freeport, Maine outlet shopping center
  • Redevelopment and condominium conversion of Portland, Maine shopping center
  • Representation of municipality in redevelopment and sale of tax–acquired textile mills
  • Negotiation and documentation of Maine construction loans to national chain hotel operators
  • Negotiation and operational agreements for Japan and China retail joint ventures
  • Sale of Maine’s largest (by acreage) privately owned hydroelectric dam system
  • Sale of major parcel (roughly 440,000 acres) of Northern Maine timberland
  • Negotiation of Nature Conservancy’s Katahdin Forest conservation easement
  • Negotiation of precedent–setting acquisition and removal of generating hydroelectric dam

  • Friends of Cumston Hall, Director and Secretary (1996 – present)
  • New England School of Metalwork (Director, 2004 – present)
  • Theater At Monmouth (1995 – 2006), President, Treasurer, Second Vice President and Trustee
  • Natural Resources Council of Maine (1995 – 1999), President, Secretary and Director
  • Maine Study Commission on Property Rights and the Public Health, Safety and Welfare (1995)
  • Campaign for Sensible Transportation, Director and Treasurer (1990 – 1992)
  • Mad Horse Theater Company

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