Preti Flaherty has one of the top professional liability practices in New England. We serve as defense counsel at the local, regional and national level for a wide range of professionals. Our team brings a wealth of experience and energy in defending accountants, architects, attorneys, designers, engineers, environmental consultants, health care providers, insurance agents/brokers, officers/directors, physicians, real estate professionals, surveyors, and many other professionals in defense of an array of claims, including liability defense and risk management.

We understand the business and financial issues that face other service providers, when they are presented with a legal claim. We also understand the legal issues involved in the inter-personal relationships among professionals practicing together. We bring a practical and creative approach to assisting our clients in developing effective dispute avoidance and resolution strategies. When litigation is unavoidable, we vigorously defend our clients in trial, arbitration and/or professional licensing and credential administrative bodies. Preti Flaherty is listed as Approved Panel Counsel by the following insurers:

Allied World National Assurance
Aspen Boston
Berkley Specialty Underwriting
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
The Doctor's Company
Evergreen MGA
Great American Insurance Company
Hartford Financial Services
James River Insurance Group
Kindred Healthcare Operating, Inc.
Lawyer Protector Plan
Lexington Insurance
Medical Mutual
Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC)
Monitor Liability Company
National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company
National Union
Naughton Insurance, Inc.
Philadelphia Insurance Company
Professional Indemnity Agency
ProMutual Group
Redwoods Group Insurance
RLI Insurance/Mt. Hawley Insurance
Sedgwick CMS
Swiss Re
Travelers Bond & Financial Products
Utica National
Westchester Surplus
Willis of NH
XL Insurance
York Claims Service
Zurich NA

Firm Highlights


EPA Announces Temporary Relaxation of Certain Environmental Compliance and Monitoring Obligations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Citing potential worker shortages and social distancing and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday, March 26, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would exercise enforcement discretion and temporarily...


NH Gov. Sununu Issues Stay-At-Home Order - Construction Considered Essential Industry

Yesterday, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu issued an emergency order shuttering all non-essential businesses in the state effective today. This morning, the governor's office released a list of...

Press Coverage

Maine - Waterville Coronavirus Panel Illegally Met in Secret

A Waterville City Council coronavirus subcommittee formed in response to the outbreak has been accused of illegally meeting in secret, denying public access to its deliberations, and making unlawful decisions. Extended Coverage: Virus Concerns Lead to 'Public' Meetings Without...

Press Coverage

6th Circ. Says Auto Parts Co. Can't Arbitrate Price-Fixing Suit

On February 24, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Michigan district court's January 2019 decision that KYB Corp. can't force a suit accusing it of conspiring with other auto parts...

Press Coverage

Maine State Police May Be Spying on You

Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...


Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys: James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian. James joins the Environmental Practice Group as a Director and will work from the...


Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2020 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2020 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...


Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Announces New Nature and Cause of Injury Codes and FAQ for COVID-19

New Nature & Cause of Injury Codes The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has updated the Injury Description Tables that are used by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) to...


Attorney Betsy E. Wakefield Joins Preti Flaherty’s Business Law Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Betsy E. Wakefield has joined the firm. Betsy will practice with the Business Law Group from the firm’s Portland office, where she will be counseling banking and...


2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...