Laura A. Rideout is an attorney practicing with Preti Flaherty's Litigation and Environmental Groups.

As an environmental attorney, Laura represents clients in matters involving federal and state environmental laws. Recent experience includes litigation brought under the Endangered Species Act as well as under the RCRA citizen suit provision. Working in this area has allowed Laura to develop a solid understanding of federal and state environmental laws and regulations. Leveraging this experience, Laura also advises municipal and private clients on matters related to land use and zoning, including shoreland zoning and other regulatory matters. Laura has also worked on matters involving contaminated properties as well as exposure to various chemicals.

In addition to her environmental focus, Laura has a breadth of experience with other litigation matters including professional malpractice, commercial litigation, employment litigation, and other suits brought under federal statutes, including the Anti-Terrorism Act. She is experienced in taking and defending depositions, working with experts, assisting with case strategy and development, and preparing cases for trial. Recent trial experience includes a month long hearing held in federal court.

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, Laura 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