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Howe, Cahill & Company is Maine's leading firm specializing in governmental relations, association management, and project development. Its origins go back to 1982 when its principal, Robert S. Howe, joined former Portland City Manager, John Menario, at the consulting firm of Governmental Services, Inc. Bob served as the legislative advocate for that firm's clients until 1987.

In order to be nearer to the legislative arena, Mr. Howe moved his operation to Augusta in 1987 by forming a partnership with Gordon L. Weil, which became known as Weil & Howe. As that firm and the work of its two principals become more diversified, Mr. Howe created Howe & Company to better serve his clientele. The firm became known as Howe, Cahill & Company in 2006 when Pam Cahill became a partner.

Howe, Cahill & Company values its longstanding relationship with many of its clients. Some have been with the firm and its predecessor firms for nearly 30 years, including the Maine Association of Independent Schools, the Maine Dental Association and the Maine Innkeepers Association.

Since 1998, Howe, Cahill & Company has occupied its own building at 11 Columbia Street, a two-minute walk from the state capitol in Augusta. These offices also serve as the offices of the firm's association management clients.

Howe, Cahill & Company's staff of five provides the firm's clients with a wide range of skills and experience, including an intimate knowledge of the legislative and regulatory processes, professional financial management and reporting, convention and meeting planning, research, and publishing services.


Howe, Cahill & Company's legislative team combines more than 75 years of experience in the legislative process as legislators, legislative staff and lobbyists.

Robert S. Howe is a native of Gorham, Maine. His interest in the political process began as a member of the college Democrats in the mid-1960s. A graduate of Gorham State College, Bob's career in teaching was cut short in the fall of 1967. Following service in the U.S. Air Force, he ran successfully for a seat in the Maine Legislature representing part of South Portland in the House of Representatives. He won a second term unopposed, then chose not to seek a third term in order to support a young family.

Bob served on the Committees on Energy and Business Legislation, becoming co-chair of the latter in his second term when that committee encompassed the jurisdiction of today's Committee on Business, Research & Economic Development and Committee on Insurance & Financial Services. Among the legislative achievements he is most proud of are authoring the first law (state or federal) in the nation giving consumers the right to obtain complete copies of their credit reports; the original Maine home construction contract law; the first adoption register law in the country, later copied in other states; and a ban on the use of lie detection devices in most employment screening.

Following two years in municipal government and completion of a Master's Degree in Public Administration at Harvard's JFK School of Government, Bob joined the Portland consulting firm of Governmental Services, Inc. whose founder, John Menario, had been Portland City Manager and head of the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce. Bob served a variety of clients in the fields of housing, education, and business.

In the mid-1980s Bob moved his work to Augusta, forming a partnership with Gordon Weil, a former Public Advocate and Commissioner of Business Legislation, under the name Weil & Howe, Inc. A decade later he began a new firm known as Howe, Cahill & Company, now the state's largest firm specializing in governmental relations and association management. Together with his years at the other firms, Bob has now specialized in these areas for 28 years.

Pamela L. Cahill is a seasoned veteran in Maine legislative circles, having served in both the House of Representatives and the Senate for a total of 14 years, including serving as Republican floor leader in the Senate. Pam has a broad knowledge of procedure and protocol from a legislative as well as an administrative perspective. Her experience also gives her insight into a wide range of public policy issues which come before the legislature.

Following the unprecedented tie in the Senate after the election of 2000, Pam was unanimously elected Assistant Secretary/Secretary of the Senate. Her diplomacy and professionalism contributed to the success of this first-of-its-kind power sharing agreement among Republicans, Democrats, and the Independent in the Maine Senate during the 120th Maine Legislature.

After serving seven consecutive terms in the legislature, Pam ran for the Republican nomination for Governor in 1994. Though unsuccessful on Election Day, this campaign took Pam to virtually every town in Maine and proved to be an excellent pathway into the community relations field. Pam spent six years working for Duke Energy as a community liaison, first for the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline project which traversed Maine, and more recently for the Hubline project in Massachusetts. Cahill, a Waldo county native and resident of Woolwich, became a partner to the firm in 2006, creating the company name change to Howe, Cahill & Company.

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