Meet the Team

Sandra L. Guay

Sandra Guay is an expert on land use, and zoning laws. Sandy works with developers, builders, engineers, and other experts to guide her clients' projects from concept, to paper, to permit, and ultimately to reality. From the corner store to a kelp farm off the coast of Maine, you can see Sandy's work where individuals and businesses are finding new, innovative, and sustainable uses for the land and sea.

John R. Coon, PhD

To solve big environmental problems, it is not enough to know the law, you also must know the science. John is a master of both. Whether it is forever chemicals in the groundwater or a threatened habitat in a saltwater marsh, John's approach has always been to match the best law with the best science to reach workable and lasting solutions to modern-day environmental challenges.

Benjamin E. Ford

Most lawyers solve legal problems. Ben solves business problems. He spent the first part of his career honing his leadership and financial management skills. He spent the next decade as a litigator perfecting an ability to translate abstract legal concepts into concrete tools for his clients. Ben is just as sharp reading a P&L as he is reading an opponent's legal brief. He believes there is no border between business challenges and legal challenges. You cannot effectively solve one without considering the other.

Michael Skolnick

To create a sustainable future, we must adapt to the changing environment. Mike’s approach embraces solutions for clients that break through the traditional silos of law, permitting, and engineering. Prior to attending law school, Mike developed a detailed understanding of land use and development as a project manager and land use planner for a respected engineering and surveying firm. His blend of expertise in statutory interpretation, municipal and state permitting, and on the ground experience allow him to think beyond the law to solve complex land use, zoning and environmental issues.

Hannah Coon

Permanent solutions require transparency, trust, and communication between all the stakeholders. From Standing Rock to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Hannah has studied and witnessed intense environmental and humanitarian conflicts in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. She wove these experiences into her master’s study in environmental law and policy at Vermont Law School. Hannah specializes in mediation, negotiation, and adaptive management strategies geared toward permanent and dynamic solutions to disputes in the US and abroad.

Mike Morse

They may not seem exciting to some, but environmental, zoning, and land use regulations form the very fabric of our society.  Navigating the complexities of these regulations is essential to development, whether on land or in the water.  Mike’s extensive regulatory and consulting experience enables him to assist clients with project realization while fulfilling regulatory obligations to ensure sustainability for future generations.  Sustainable development requires a delicate balance. With the right tools and the right experience, this balance can be achieved. 

Lucy Burnell

If we seem unusually organized and on top of things, it is because of Lucy. When Lucy is not navigating court dockets, public registries, or complex zoning ordinances with her usual alacrity, she is overseeing the operations of a fast-growing and complex professional services practice. Her many years as a paralegal have refined her abilities as an experienced researcher and problem solver. However, Lucy’s ultimate skill is giving us the tools we need to shine for our clients, and because of her work, shine we do!

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At Archipelago we see our work differently. For us, it’s not about wood paneled conference rooms housing fine art collections. It’s not about top floor corner offices. We don’t care about parking spaces with our names on it; or even seeing our names on the building. If you need that stuff to feel successful, this is not the place for you.

Our Business Model is Simple:

Step 1

Keep the focus on the client

Step 2

Keep the overhead low

Step 3

Keep the egos in check

If you’re tired of spending countless hours in committee meetings arguing about office supplies, we should talk. If you are tired of funding massive amounts of legacy overhead, we should talk. Most importantly, if you think your clients would be happier in a place where you are free to provide them with the best service possible, we definitely should talk.