Governor LePage Promotes Legal Team


Governor Paul R. LePage has announced the promotion of two staff members, Michael Cianchette and Carlisle McLean, to senior legal positions within the Office of the Governor. Cianchette has been promoted from Deputy Legal Counsel and Policy Advisor to Chief Legal Counsel. McLean has been promoted from Senior Natural Resources Policy Advisor, to General Counsel/Senior Natural Resources Policy Advisor.

“I am extremely proud to appoint both Michael and Carlisle to senior legal positions within my Administration,” said Governor LePage. “Both individuals have been tremendous assets on staff, and I have the utmost confidence that each will serve the people of Maine extraordinarily well in their new capacities,” continued the Governor.

Cianchette is a graduate of Suffolk University, earning dual Master of Business Administration/Juris Doctor degrees cum laude in just 3 years. He is also a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science. Cianchette also proudly serves our nation as a warfare-qualified officer in the United States Navy Reserve. He is admitted to the bar in Maine and Massachusetts, receiving the Clegg Award from the Maine Board of Bar Examiners for earning the highest score on the bar exam.  He resides in Cumberland with his wife Michelle.

McLean earned her Juris Doctor/Master of Environmental Management degrees from Pace University School of Law and Yale University School of Forestry. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Bates College. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, McLean practiced Environmental, Land Use and Climate Strategy Law with Preti Flaherty law firm from 2005 to 2011. Previously, McLean worked on law and policy issues with the Yale Center for Environmental Policy, Trustees for Alaska, the New York State Office of Attorney General, the Pace Land Use Law Center and Freehills Law Firm in Sidney, Australia. McLean currently resides in Cumberland with her husband.


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