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Norman, Hanson & Detroy, LLC


Experienced. Efficient. Effective.” is more than just a tag line for us. Those words embody the core values we put to work for each of our clients, each and every day.

Norman, Hanson & DeTroy, LLC is one of Maine’s most respected law firms and among the largest in northern New England. Since 1975, we’ve been proud of our reputation for hard-driven, results-oriented, no-nonsense representation in the wide variety of practice areas that our clients expect and need.

We enjoy the confidence of our clients because we offer intelligent, strategic counsel and common-sense, real-world solutions, without wasted time or effort.

We have earned the respect of our peers because we work harder, think creatively, and, above all, we hate to lose.

Norman Hanson DeTroy is a member of ALFA International, the global legal network. With 145 member firms across the globe (80 in the United States) ALFA International is the premier global network of independent law firms whose success is driven by broad, deep, local relationships all over the world. The ALFA International model enables Norman Hanson DeTroy to use its local expertise to deliver highly effective legal solutions while drawing upon the collective wisdom and experience of other member firms within the United States and around the world as needed. More information is available at


At Norman, Hanson & DeTroy we understand that more law is made in the Legislature, the Congress, and through agency rule making than in the courthouse, and that changing the law is often more cost-effective for our clients than litigating current law. Our Government Relations Practice Group represents the firm’s clients before the Maine Legislature, the U.S. Congress, and the various state and federal agencies of government. Our extensive experience in Augusta and Washington, D.C. allows us to creatively influence legislative and regulatory processes to ensure that our clients’ interests are protected and that their goals are achieved.

Our Government Relations Practice Group lawyers are actively engaged in lobbying the Maine Legislature and the U.S. Congress. We serve as legislative counsel for many Maine businesses, trade associations, and municipalities, as well as Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, and national trade associations. In addition, we combine our lobbying expertise with representation of clients in rule making and administrative agency adjudicatory proceedings.

We also have extensive experience representing candidates, political parties and political action committees and provide trusted advice regarding campaign finance issues. In addition, we have expertise in the area of government contract procurement.


DAN RILEY chairs NHD’s Government Relations Practice. He has over 25 years of experience as a lawyer/lobbyist representing clients before the Maine Legislature, the U.S. Congress, and various state and federal agencies of government. Dan also has extensive experience representing clients in government contract procurement.

His practice includes representation of a wide variety of industries and trade associations with a particular emphasis on the energy sector. Dan has participated in most of the major legislative initiatives involving this industry since the restructuring of the electricity markets in Maine in the late 1990’s.

In addition to his legislative and government relations practice, Dan has broad experience representing candidates and political action committees on campaign finance issues before the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. He served as Counsel to the Maine Republican Party and as State Counsel to two Republican presidential campaigns and is a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association. 

Dan is the sole member of the National Association of State Lobbyists representing the state of Maine. He served as the Chair of the Government Affairs Practice Group of Lex Mundi, an international association of law firms. Dan has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for his government relations practice since 2007 and was the Lawyer of the Year for that practice area in 2013.

In addition to his legal practice, Dan serves on the Board of Directors of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Steering Committee of The Nature Conservancy’s Corporate Conservation Council of Maine. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Maine Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association and has served as CCA’s pro bono legislative counsel for over fifteen years. Between college and law school, Dan served as a deep sea diving officer in the United States Navy.