Edward (Ted) J. Kelleher


Edward (Ted) J. Kelleher


Phone: 207.253.0587 Fax: 207.772.3627 Email: tkelleher@dwmlaw.com

84 Marginal Way, Suite 600 Portland, ME 04101-2480

Assistant: Ashley Lemelin Email: alemelin@dwmlaw.com


Ted Kelleher is an experienced attorney who focuses his practice on corporate, regulated substances, and real estate law. Ted’s interdisciplinary practice focuses on tax credits, regulations, risk management, and transactions that include private and public lenders, including joint ventures in partnership with tribally sovereign nations.

In his role, Ted advises a wide range of clients, including marijuana-related businesses, housing developers, nonprofits, lenders, Tribal Nations, businesses, and municipalities. For close to 30 years, Ted has been a trusted advisor to large and small companies, ranging from start-ups to large, long-established national businesses. He regularly advises clients on business sales and acquisitions, commercial loans, equity financings, real estate transactions, intellectual property issues, and many other transactional and contract matters.

Ted is widely recognized as one of New England’s preeminent business and regulatory lawyers for marijuana-related businesses. He counsels dispensaries, Tribal Nations, investors, landlords, property owners, and municipalities as they navigate the complex and rapidly-evolving landscape of cannabis law. Ted is often invited to speak about marijuana legal and business issues to civic and business groups.

Ted also has substantial experience using the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program to develop affordable housing. Ted has successfully represented private and non-profit developers in the financing and construction of hundreds of units of affordable housing in Maine and New Hampshire. Ted also specializes in the use of historic rehabilitation tax credits and the New Markets Tax Credit Program.  With the recent enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act, he advises clients on tax credits that impact affordable housing and renewable energy.

Dedicated to serving community needs, Ted is Chair of the Zoning Board of South Portland, and serves as Treasurer for the Maine Humanities Council. He has also served in leadership positions with other community organizations, including Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project and Casa, Inc.


Northwestern University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1991

University of Massachusetts at Amherst, M.S., 1988

University of Notre Dame, B.A., magna cum laude, 1986


Martindale Hubbell, BV Distinguished

Katahdin Counsel, Honoring Pro Bono Legal Services in Maine


Maine State Bar Association


Community/Public Service

South Portland Zoning Board

Maine Humanities Council

CASA, Inc Board of Directors
Former Member

Peaks Island Council
Former Executive Member

Past Presentations

From June 21, 2019 12:00 pm

Marijuana Legalization: Lessons and Questions for New Hampshire Municipalities

From March 25, 2019 9:00 am

Opportunities in Cannabis An In-depth Discussion of Tribes’ Unique Position in the Cannabis Market, Reservation Economic Summit (RES) 2019, Las Vegas, NV

From October 18, 2018 9:00 am

On Fertile Ground: The Maine Marijuana Industry

From May 24, 2018 9:00 am

Fields of Green: Preparing Your Municipality for Cannabis

From May 23, 2018 9:00 am

Fields of Green: A Cannabis Business Symposium

From July 25, 2017 1:00 pm

Marijuana Legalization in Maine: An Overview

From May 25, 2017 9:00 am

Marijuana on Main Street How Downtowns Navigate Legal Cannabis

From March 24, 2017 9:00 am

Marijuana Legalization: Issues and Questions for Municipalities

From February 14, 2017 12:00 pm

Maine Municipal Association: Lifting the Haze – Marijuana and Legal Considerations Workshop

From January 25, 2017 9:00 am

Weeding Through Marijuana Legalization: What it Means for our Towns