Diversity

At Preti Flaherty, diversity and inclusion are essential components of a vibrant and healthy workplace that brings out the best in our lawyers and staff.  This commitment began nearly fifty years ago, when as a small upstart surrounded by established firms, we chose to follow our own ideals and build a different type of law firm. Today our attorneys’ diverse backgrounds, identities, cultures, and experiences enhance our capacity to serve clients.
 

Diversity and Inclusion. We strive to foster an environment that enables our lawyers to reach their full potential.   We recognize and value diversity and inclusion as reflected in our policies, including domestic partner health benefits, paid parental leave, and flexible work schedules. 

Associate Development and Mentoring.  Our associates represent the future of the firm, and we believe that investment in their success benefits the firm and its clients. Each of our associates participates in a robust mentoring program.  The program is designed to focus on providing all associates access to advancement and development opportunities.  We also hold regular associate luncheons, and an associate summer outing, as well as monthly associate trainings on a wide range of topics including business development, substantive areas of law, practice management and other tools to help our associates develop and mature their practices.  We hold annual informational sessions on compensation and advancement to ensure that everyone understands firm operations and what it takes to succeed in the firm. 

Diversity Committee.   We have appointed a dedicated group, the Diversity Committee, to help guide the firm to advance our diversity and inclusion goals.  This group is composed of attorneys and senior staff actively involved in all aspects of the firm.  The Committee works regularly on recruitment and professional development, works with the firm’s practice group chairs, and reports directly to the firm’s Management Committee.

  • Kristy M. Abraham
  • Charles F. Dingman
  • Rachel Lawrence
  • Pamela Loring
  • Bonnie L. Martinolich
  • Sigmund D. Schutz
  • Shana M. Solomon
  • David B. Van Slyke

Community Engagement.  We value the communities in which we practice and the organizations that foster healthy communities and bring change.  Across the firm, we are involved in organizations related to diversity and inclusion in bar associations, pro bono assignments, and charitable and non-profit organizations. We provide funding and sponsorship for attorneys to seek leadership roles in professional and community organizations, and support attendance at conferences relating to diversity and inclusion. 

Our attorneys are now or recently have been members of, support, and in most instances, have held leadership positions in the following organizations, among others:  

  • American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
  • Campaign for Justice
  • Campaign for Legal Services
  • Forum Francophone Des Affairs
  • Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
  • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP)
  • Justice Action Group
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation
  • Maine Bar Foundation
  • Maine Equal Justice Partners
  • Maine Justice Foundation
  • Maternal Health Alliance of Maine
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Prosperity ME
  • Susan L. Curtis Foundation
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP)