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Who We Are

Who We Are

Lanman Rayne is a Portland-based law firm founded by Kate and Jason Rayne. Kate and Jason know what it’s like to build a business from the ground up—or in their case, from the spare bedroom. Kate started the practice in 2011 as Lanman Law, and Jason joined her in 2014, establishing Lanman Rayne. Together with their team of award-winning attorneys, they take an innovative, collaborative approach to legal and tax services. 

Jason Rayne

JASON RAYNE, Attorney LinkedIn

Jason focuses on tax-related issues for businesses and individuals. Prior to joining Lanman Rayne in 2014, he worked primarily on tax aspects of business transactions and tax compliance. This ground-level experience makes Jason adept at spotting tax issues before they become tax problems. Not sure if yours is a tax issue or a legal issue? Jason can help. 

Jason was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2017. He graduated from the University of Maine School of Law, where he received the Pro Bono Publico Award. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Jason serves on the Board of Directors for the Morrison Center in Scarborough, Maine.

Kate Rayne

KATE RAYNE, Attorney LinkedIn

Kate advises businesses and individuals on matters pertaining to business law and estate planning. As the founding attorney at Lanman Rayne, Kate has in-depth experience building a business, and loves working with clients on the legal and tax aspects of starting, growing, and transitioning their business. Prior to Lanman Rayne, Kate worked at a public accounting firm, where she focused on tax planning for individuals, partnerships, and corporations. Kate was named a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2017, and featured in Best Lawyers Business Edition in 2016.

Kate graduated from the University of Maine School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal.

Jon Wood

JON WOOD, Attorney LinkedIn

Jon works closely with businesses that are in the start-up phase or that need help with a purchase or sale of assets or real estate. He also works with businesses that need general advising on small projects. A former small business owner himself, Jon has first-hand understanding of day-to-day operations: franchise agreements, contracts, leases—you name it, he did it as an owner of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and Cinnabon franchises. He even won the Pretzel Perfect Store Award in 2015. Prior to joining Lanman Rayne, Jon practiced at one of the most established global law firms in New York, as well as another Portland-based law firm. 

Jon received his law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC, where he graduated cum laude. He was a judicial intern at the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC. 

Jon currently serves as a member of the Greater Portland Board of Realtors and the Maine Association of Mortgage Professionals. Jon is licensed to practice law in Maine and New York.

Lauren (Blake) Weliver

LAUREN WELIVER, Attorney LinkedIn

Lauren works on the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, trusts, and advanced health care directives, as part of Lanman Rayne’s estate planning practice. She also assists clients with estate and trust administration matters. Prior to joining Lanman Rayne, Lauren clerked for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, and spent seven years practicing at another Portland-based law firm. Her work has received recognition as a New England Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014–2018), and she has been published in A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Maine, 2nd Edition.

Lauren graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law, where she was the Case Note and Comment Editor for the Maine Law Review and received the Faculty Significant Achievement Award. She received her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College.

Lauren is a member of the Maine Estate Planning Council, and is on the board of the Casco Bay YMCA and the Western Maine Wellesley Club. Lauren is licensed to practice law in Maine and Massachusetts.

Nick Loukes

NICK LOUKES, Attorney LinkedIn

Nick works with businesses, individuals and institutions on all aspects of real estate, corporate, and transactional matters. He assists clients in the purchase or sale of businesses and real estate, and he has extensive experience representing both lenders and borrowers in commercial loan transactions. Nick also works with clients on many aspects of intellectual property, including trademark and copyright. He is also a licensed title insurance underwriter. Prior to joining Lanman Rayne, Nick spent ten years practicing law in the Bangor and Portland markets.

Nick is a native of Bangor, Maine. He graduated cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Colby College.

Nick is a member of MEREDA and the Maine State Bar Association and on the board of Kinonik, a Maine based non-profit that promotes the study and enjoyment of cinematic film. Nick is licensed to practice law in Maine and New Hampshire.