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John Christopher Bannon

Practice areas:

Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate, Appeals

About Me

I start with the presumption that there is a favorable solution to a client's legal problems, and hold to that presumption until I am convinced, beyond any reasonable doubt, that there is no feasible remedy. 


 


My passion is for any area of the law relating to land, whether it be zoning, municipal, environmental, real estate, easement, adverse possession, or boundary law.   People's identities are often deeply rooted in where they live, how they use their land, and how others respect their rights.  The right to protect one's land against trespassers, to curb inappropriate nearby development, or to gain  relief from senseless government restrictions is one of the few values in society that is really worth fighting for.


 


Much of the time it is possible to reach a win-win settlement of a land or zoning dispute.  However, when that is not possible, it is essential to hire an attorney who deeply understands the intricacies of these areas of the law.  Land law is combination of the very ancient and the very modern, with all sorts of intricate procedures mixed in.  It is fascinating but complicated.


 


There are times when I wish I were younger -- who wants to get old?  However,  experience has its advantages.   After practicing law for 32 years, there is very little I have not seen, and few places I have not been. Nothing surprises me much.  That does not mean that I'm stuck in my ways.  The more you know, the more you realize how much there is left to be discovered.  Leave no stone unturned.


 


I work with people from all walks of life.  I have dealt with officials, agencies, and bureaucrats from the smallest towns in Maine to Washington DC.   Although lawsuits and administrative appeals are too costly to be started without careful thought, if they cannot be avoided, I enjoy a good fight.  Nothing is more satisfying than seeing the relief on a client's face when I have thrown down the last obstacle standing in their way.


 


I am lucky.  I love what I do. I welcome all the possibilities and challenges that arrive with each new case.


 


No attorney can fix every problem.  However, there is no attorney who will try harder than me to find you a way out of your predicament, or a means to achieve your goal.


Although it is foolish to tilt at windmills, the fact remains that you have to believe there's a solution if you are ever going to make it happen.  Realism is good.  Pessimism is not.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. Land Use & Zoning: 60%
    34 years, 300 cases
  2. Real Estate: 30%
    34 years, 100 cases
  3. Appeals: 10%
    34 years, 60 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($295/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Sarah Anne McDaniel

    In nearly a decade of working with and opposite John Bannon, he has constantly impressed me with both his extensive knowledge of land use law and unparalleled professional integrity. John leaves no stone unturned in assessing his clients’ issues. He is a persuasive advocate in the courtroom, yet also excels at guiding his clients to reasonable solutions that preserve the client’s rights while protecting their bottom line.

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    Sarah McDaniel Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Thomas L. Douglas

    I worked with John for 8 years. Anybody who has practiced law in Maine for any length of time knows that John is one of the more recognized land use lawyers in the state. More important is the fact that John is also a great person. True wisdom resides in this man, in addition to a thorough command of the law. For those of you seeking a land use lawyer in Maine, I can recommend John without reservation.

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    Thomas Douglas Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Murray, Plumb & Murray
75 Pearl Street
Portland, ME, 4101

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MEAuthorized to practice law198005/16/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
RecognitionSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Received AV Rating (Preeminent)Martindale-Hubbell2013
Best Lawyer, Land Use and Environment LawBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyer, Land Use and Environment LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyer, Land Use and Environment LawBest Lawyers in America2010
Best Lawyer, Land Use and Environment LawBest Lawyers in America2009
Best Lawyer, Land Use and Environmental LawBest Lawyers in America2008
Best Lawyer, Land Use and Envronmental LawBest Lawyers in America2007
Best Lawyer, Land Use and Enironmental LawBest Lawyers in America2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Chair, Land Use and Environmental Law Practice GroupMurray, Plumb & Murray1981 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Cumberland County Bar AssociationN/A1981 - Present
Maine State Bar AssociationN/A1981 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1981 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Christopher J. McCormick v. Michael D. LaChance et al, 2011 ME 112Summary judgment for client in Superior Court; affirmed on appeal.
Witham Family Limited Partnership v. Town of Bar Harbor et al, 2011 ME 104;Judgment vacated on appeal; client prevailed.
Bodack v. Town of Ogunquit, 909 A.2d 620, 2006 ME 127Summary judgment for client in Superior Court; affirmed on appeal.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Maine Municipal AssociationE-Mail and the Freedom of Access Law2004
NBILand Use Law Update2003
Maine State Bar AssociationLand Use and Environmental Regulation2002
Maine Municipal AssociationE-Mail and the Freedom of Access Law2002
National Business Institute SeminarLand Use Law Update in Maine2002
National Business Institute SeminarLand Use Law Update2002
Maine State Bar AssociationThe Intricacy of 80B/80C Appeals2001
Maine Municipal AssociationThe Right to Know and Electronic Data1999
National Business Institute SeminarLand Use Law Update in Maine1998
National Business Institute SeminarLand Use Law Update in Maine1998
National Business Institute SeminarLand Use Law Update in Maine1997
National Business Institute SeminarMajor Land Use Laws in Maine1996
National Business Institute SeminarPractical Guide to Land Use Law1996
National Business Institute SeminarEnvironmental Law: What Every Property Owner and Lender Must Know1995
National Business Institute SeminarMajor Land Use Laws In Maine1995
CISIMaine Real Estate Law for Paralegals1995
National Business Institute SeminarHazardous Waste1994
National Business Institute SeminarLand Use Law Update1994
NBIReal Estate Impact of Bankruptcy and Environmental Law1993
National Business Institute SeminarAdvanced Real Estate1993
National Business Institute SeminarLand Use Law1992
National Business Institute SeminarAdvanced Real Estate1992
National Business Institute SeminarLand Use Law1991
National Business Institute SeminarAdvanced Land Use Law1991

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maine School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Bowdoin CollegeGovernment and International AffairsBA - Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude1977

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
SeminarLand Use Law1991