Laura J. Hartz


Laura J. Hartz


Phone: 207.253.0533 Fax: 207.772.3627 Email:

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

Assistant: Elizabeth Hollmann Email:


Laura Hartz represents and advises businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and individuals on a wide range of issues, including land use, real estate, acquisitions, project development, due diligence, site control, nonprofit matters, and general business matters. Laura also has specialized expertise in energy and natural resources, as well as agriculture and food systems, and is able to provide guidance to clients on opportunities related to these areas.

As a business and real estate attorney, Laura is able to combine her passion for helping clients and her interest in energy, food, agriculture, and land use. Recent examples of her work include serving as transactional counsel for a large land trust, guiding a solid waste client through emergency local permitting in the aftermath of a facility fire, leading the acquisition of a boutique hotel for a regional developer, and assisting a sustainable agriculture nonprofit with organizational issues.

Prior to joining Drummond Woodsum, Laura worked for another New England law firm where she represented a variety of clients, including a public gardena community-supported solar company, a biomass power generator, a carbon credit development company, and an energy and natural gas provider. She also regularly appeared before Select Boards, Zoning Boards, and Planning Boards in pursuit of relief for various clients—both developers and those opposing development. Representative matters included obtaining a variance for the placement of solar panels as part of negotiating a power purchase agreement and serving as local title counsel for an international renewable energy power company in its acquisition of a multi-county, wind energy project.

Laura enjoys exploring Maine’s coast, mountains, and bakeries with her spouse, child, and chocolate lab. In addition to pursuing outdoor passions like trail running and bird watching, she likes to bake and coax her sourdough starter into doing the same.


BA Hamilton College, magna cum laude
MS Tufts University
JD Vermont Law School, magna cum laude


New Hampshire’s Union Leader 40 under 40 Award
Phi Beta Kappa
James Soper Merrill Award at Hamilton College
Mission Scholar at Vermont Law School


New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association
New Hampshire Bar Association
Maine Bar Association

Community/Public Service

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire, Past President

Past Presentations

From February 1, 2023 12:00 pm

Laws of the Land: What to Know About Your Farm BEFORE You Commit, Legal Food Hub a project of the Conservation Law Foundation