Government Affairs

Administrative Law

Preti Flaherty's Administrative Law Practice helps clients navigate the government regulatory process. Our administrative lawyers manage the varied and complex interactions that businesses have with federal and state regulatory agencies. Preti's administrative law team regularly works with the full range of agencies, boards and commissions where regulatory and adjudicatory proceedings take place.

As part of our Government Affairs Practice Group, our administrative lawyers have in-depth knowledge of how regulations are developed. Since administrative law is highly procedural, our team offers clients the benefit of knowing how to best make use of the provisions in the statutes and rules that govern these processes. Our Government Affairs Group includes attorneys in subject areas including environmental, health care, energy, telecommunications and employment law.

The Preti team applies their varied expertise to assist clients with services such as:

Rulemaking
The legislative process is just the first step in shaping government regulations. Frequently, legislation will result in a rulemaking process before an agency or commission that can become more extensive than the creation of the original legislation. Preti's administrative lawyers guide clients through these processes by utilizing our strong working relationships with regulators combined with strict with attention to detail. We understand that shaping rules is a key element to our clients' successful government affairs strategies.

Regulatory Approvals
In dozens of industries, significant elements of a company's business require government oversight and approval. These processes can be complex and tedious, requiring attention and experience to avoid delays and unfavorable rulings. Preti's administrative lawyers manage the numerous elements of these approvals and keep the process moving smoothly and successfully.

Administrative Hearings
Many regulatory proceedings include administrative hearings before agency officials or multiple-member commissions. These hearings are often critical to the decision-making in a regulatory action and require a well-presented case to persuade the regulators. Preti's administrative lawyers have conducted hundreds of these hearings and understand how to use the precedents and procedures to achieve the best possible result.

Firm Highlights

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...

News

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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

News

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...

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...