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Sarah Anne McDaniel

Real estate Attorney at Westbrook, ME

4.5   8 reviews

About Sarah

Learn Sarah’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    50%
    Title and land use opinions; land conservation transactions; family "camp" ownership and land planning; real estate sales, including owner financing; and civil litigation regarding real estate issues including boundaries, easements and trespas.

  2. Land use and zoning
    20%
    Letters of opinion and land planning assistance in assessing whether proposed uses or structures are permissible; guidance through the municipal and state permitting process for both permit applicants and concerned neighbors.

  3. Lawsuits and disputes
    20%
    Civil litigation, primarily relating to real estate, including boundary disputes, easement and access disputes, trespas, and title issues.

  4. Appeals
    10%
    Appeals from agency and town permitting decisions; appeals of trial court decisions to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ("Law Court").

I founded Maine Land Law LLC, PA as a solo law firm in 2009, and joined with colleagues to co-found Douglas McDaniel & Campo in October 2013. Drawing on my background in land conservation and civil litigation experience in state and federal courts in Maine, I focus my Maine Land Law practice on land use and property law. The other lawyers in my firm practice in a broad selection of civil and criminal law areas.

I truly enjoy helping clients determine what they can and cannot do with their property. I provide land use opinions, and help clients obtain (or challenge) land use permits at the municipal and state agency level, including judicial appeals if necessary. I help clients resolve boundary and easement disputes through litigation or settlement. I also negotiate conservation easements, trail easements and licences, and assist in real estate transactions. 

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Licensed for 19 years
State ME
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/26/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Sarah

Douglas McDaniel & Campo LLC, PA
Maine Land Law LLC, PA
90 Bridge Street, Suite 100
Westbrook, ME, 04092

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Atty McDaniel was so helpful
Attorney McDaniel was very helpful. She combined in depth knowledge of real estate, with practical common sense and very humane recommendations for how to navigate a difficult conflict. I am very grateful for your help.
Posted by Kris | October 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GREAT LAWYER!!
I want to express that Atty. Sarah McDaniel was so wonderful when she handled my case for me. I am living out of state and was worried how to go about settling my Real Estate transaction without being present. I was assured from the first phone call, that this would be a non-issue and she would handle everything for me. She held true to her words,and was very thorough and very professional the whole way through. I knew that I found the best lawyer to handle my case and Atty.McDaniel is hands down my # 1 choice when referring anyone in need. Don't hesitate, this should the only choice for you too! Thank you for everything Atty.Sarah McDaniel.
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Posted by Tobey | October 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Efficient
I came across Attorney McDaniel's website on a random Google Search for "Real Estate Lawyer Maine" and I couldn't have done better. She was timely in her work, efficient, I felt confident that she knew exactly what she was doing. I was very pleased with her work. I would recommend her firm.
Posted by Joyce | July 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sarah McDaniel Review
Sarah was very well informed and helped us tremendously with our father's land and the transition to having the farm preserved through Maine FarmLand Trust.
Posted by Craig | December 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective and Cost Effective
We lease agricultural land that is protected by a conservation easement. The land owner was developing a management plan with the easement holders that seemed to impinge on our agreed-upon uses. Sarah helped us understand and exercise our rights as a lease holder vis a vis the rights and responsibilities of the other parties. She was extremely knowledgeable on the relevant law, was very accessible, and worked very efficiently. As a result, we were able to very quickly bring the issue to a successful close. We would absolutely work with her again.
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Posted by Abigail | May 27, 2015
SAVED OUR HOUSE!
Ms. McDaniel was wonderful in saving my family's home, which had fallen behind on property taxes and was on the verge of being taken by the city or Portland. She was wonderful at communicating with my family as well as the city and helped us work out a solution that allowed us to keep the house. Most importantly, Ms. McDaniel kept us very informed every step of the way and billed us very fairly. I will absolutely hire her in the future should any need arise.
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Posted by John S | August 18, 2014
Lawyers don't get any better than this!
Sarah McDaniel represented my family in a zoning dispute with a Cumberland County town and an abutting property owner. She was recommended by another attorney who had a conflict and was unable to take our case. I owe that attorney a big thank you! Right from the start Sarah was very professional yet friendly, putting us at ease with the process. She took our hundreds of pages of poorly organized research and made sense out of it, added to it, and came up with a course of action and grounds to file an appeal. Sarah never held out false hope and was very honest in her opinion for our chances to prevail. She was also upfront on what to expect in overall costs to proceed with the action. We were kept well informed by her during the entire process. Always responded to emails promptly and returned phone calls in a timely manner. All of our questions were always answered fully and any suggestions we had were well considered by her. Our appeal was successful and I can honestly give Sarah our highest recommendation. Our appeal was successful which we attribute to Sarah’s dedication and diligence. Definitely a ten out of ten.
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Posted by Emma | April 7, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Obnoxious
Said it would take her a month to answer question" what is a quitclaim deed, and is it for heirs/family only?" I've never heard of such a thing.
Response from Sarah McDaniel April 8, 2021
I am sorry that you were disappointed with your interaction with my receptionist when she requested information necessary for a conflict check as we require of all prospective clients and which is required of us by the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct. Additionally, due to my current case load, I am not able to schedule the free initial half-hour calls with potential clients for another month or so. This allows me the time needed to serve my existing clients. I believe that the AVVO "ask a lawyer" feature might be a more appropriate place for you to try to obtain an answer to your question.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-290 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • Douglas McDaniel & Campo LLC, PA
  • 2013 - Present
  • Owner / Attorney
  • Maine Land Law LLC, PA
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Murray Plumb & Murray
  • 2003 - 2009

Education

  • Harvard University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Master of Environmental Studies
  • 1995
  • College of the Atlantic
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • Friends of Congress Square Park et al. v. City of Portland 2014 ME 63
  • My clients prevailed both at trial and on appeal to the Maine Supreme Court ("Law Court").
  • Bodack v. Town of Ogunquit, 2006 ME 127, 909 A.2d 620
  • The Superior Court found in favor of my client and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court upheld the decision in favor of my client.

Associations

  • PFLAG Portland Maine Chapter
  • co-President
  • 2019 - Present
  • Maine Land Conservation Attorneys Network
  • 2008 - Present
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • Edward T. Gignoux Inn of Court
  • 2007 - 2010
  • College of the Atlantic
  • Trustee
  • 2004 - 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • 2003 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Lead Counsel Verification -- Real Estate
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2021
  • Katahdin Council Pro Bono Designation
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • 2020
  • Katahdin Council Pro Bono Designation
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • 2019
  • Katahdin Council Pro Bono Designation
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • 2018
  • Katahdin Council Pro Bono Designation
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • 2017
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • Katahdin Counsel
  • 2016
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • Katahdin Counsel
  • 2015
  • Katahdin Counsel
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Katahdin Counsel
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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Publications

  • A Practical Guide to Land Use in Maine
  • Chapter 14: Private Access Rights
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Maine Land Conservation Conference
  • Managing Access and Right of Way Issues
  • 2016
  • Maine Land Conservation Conference
  • Introduction to Conservation Easements
  • 2015
  • Half Moon CLE: Land and Water Law
  • Avoiding, Identifying and Resolving Ethical Issues in Land Transactions and Dispute
  • 2015
  • NBI CLE: Litigating Disputes over Easements
  • Ethics in Property Disputes
  • 2014
  • Maine Land Conservation Conference
  • Acquiring Land: the Basics
  • 2014
  • Maine Land Conservation Conference
  • Rights and Responsibilities of Owning Land
  • 2012
  • NBI CLE: Title Law Update
  • Title Law Update
  • 2011
  • Maine Land Conservation Conference
  • Stewardship of Land Boundaries and Ownership Rights
  • 2010
  • NBI CLE: Real Estate Disputes
  • Litigating Disputes Over Easements and Restrictive Covenants
  • 2009
  • NBI CLE: Easements
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding Easements
  • 2008
  • International Human Ecology Conference
  • Integrating a Human Ecological Perspective in the Practice of Law
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (5)
Endorse Sarah
Land use and zoning Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Sarah for many years, and have watched as she co-founded her own firm and become a leading attorney in her field. I addition to being a brilliant, energetic, and hard working attorney, she is among the nicest people I know. I wholeheartedly endorse Sarah."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sarah is a brilliant and creative attorney with the highest of ethical standards. Her knowledge of real estate and land use law is impeccable. Sarah has unique expertise in the planning and drafting of conservation easements, as she has degrees both in Law (Harvard) and Environmental Studies (Yale). She is one of the few attorneys I know who truly loves her work -- a factor that undoubtedly helps to sustain the excellence of her legal practice."
Lawsuits and disputes
Commercial real estate
Land use and zoning