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

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Last days of 131st legislature

The Legislature will reconvene on Friday, May 10 th to take action on the six vetoes issued by the Governor since the Legislature adjourned on April 14 th . The vetoes and related messages...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2024 “Maine Firm of the Year"

Benchmark Litigation  has named Preti Flaherty as 2024 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. Through extensive peer- and- client reviewed research, as well as analysis of casework; the Benchmark Awards...

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Maine Becomes Seventh State to Enact Uniform Public Expression Protection Act (UPEPA)

Maine is now the latest state to enact the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act (UPEPA)—following New Jersey, Oregon (substantially similar), Utah, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington. UPEPA aims to provide a clear framework for the...

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Maine Municipal Legislative Update

The second regular session of the 131st Maine Legislature has been particularly impactful for Maine’s municipalities, with further shrinking of home rule authority, new and onerous procedures for property tax sales, and many other...

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Preti Attorneys File Suit Against Al-Generated Robocalls in the 2024 NH Presidential Primary

Representing the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire, the League of Women Voters of the United States, and individual voters, Preti Flaherty, with co-counsel, filed a federal lawsuit against Steve Kramer, Lingo Telecom...

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Preti’s Sig Schutz Recognized as Member of NHPR’s Pulitzer-Finalist Team

Preti First Amendment attorney Sig Schutz has been recognized as “a core member of the [NHPR] team” involved in a podcast honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the audio journalism category.  The podcast...

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Maine Legislature (Again) Changes Process for Selling Tax-Acquired Properties (LD 2262)

On April 16, 2024, the Governor signed LD 2262, “An Act to Amend the Process for the Sale of Foreclosed Properties Due to Nonpayment of Taxes.”  In June 2023, in response to the United...

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Veto Day and Final Day of the 131st Legislature

The Legislature convened on Friday, May 10 th for Veto Day to take action on the six bills objected to by the Governor. As expected, all six vetoes were sustained by lawmakers allowing  Governor...

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Understanding the Impact of the FTC’s New Noncompete Ban on Your Construction Business

A few weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) attracted considerable media coverage when it issued its final rule banning noncompete agreements for workers in most circumstances and making existing noncompetes for the vast...

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Greg Hansel Named Top 25 Attorney of the Northeast Region by Attorney Intel

Preti Flaherty attorney Greg Hansel has been named one of the Top 25 Attorneys of the Northeast Region for 2024 by Attorney Intel . This year’s class of attorneys has been recognized for excelling...