Laura A. Rideout is an attorney practicing with Preti Flaherty's Litigation and Environmental Groups from the firm's Portland office.

Laura's recent environmental experience includes federal litigation brought under the Endangered Species Act, RCRA, and CERCLA. Other experience includes representation of clients in toxic tort litigation, including cases involving exposure to chemicals or contaminated property.  Laura also offers assistance to clients facing enforcement actions as well as evaluating compliance with environmental statutes and regulations.  Similarly, she assists clients with environmental permitting issues.  Recently, Laura has become interested in the coordination and interface between EPA and OSHA.  In this vein, Laura is in a position to advise clients on issues related to environmental health and safety in the workplace.

In addition to this environmental focus, Laura has a breadth of experience with other litigation matters. She is experienced in taking and defending depositions, working with experts, assisting with case strategy and development, and preparing cases for trial.

A Maine native, Laura obtained her undergraduate degree, with honors, at the  University of California, Davis. Laura earned her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Maine School of Law and has practiced at Preti Flaherty since graduation. While in law school, she worked at the United States Attorney's Office in the Appellate Division, served as Executive Editor of the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, and competed in the Duberstein Moot Court Competition.

Laura resides in the Portland area with her husband Seth and black lab Chase.

Practice Areas


  • University of Maine School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of California Davis (B.A.)
    • Political Science


  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Professional Affiliations

  • Maine State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Natural Resources and Environmental Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
    • Construction Law Forum
  • Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech)
  • Maine Real Estate Development Association