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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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman Assist with Amicus Brief in Defense of Maine's Anti-SLAPP Law

Serving as counsel for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and 14 other news media organizations, Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund Schutz and Alexandra Harriman filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court a...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 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...

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The Latest from OSHA on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Work

On the tails of updated guidance from other agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") released new pandemic-related guidance last month. This guidance was issued on June 10, 2021...

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Escalation Clause: An escape from the price-spike trap

Anyone in real estate development would have to be living under a rock not to know about skyrocketing lumber and material prices in the “post”-pandemic world. Pre-pandemic, the average cost for 1,000 board feet...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys to our Boston, Massachusetts, office: Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes. Angelica joins the firm as an Associate in our Environmental Practice...

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How to Avoid Misclassifying Your Employees Under the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act

What criteria are necessary to classify someone as an independent contractor and how can employers avoid misclassification and the repercussions that come with it? In this article, Preti Flaherty attorney and Mainebiz guest columnist John...

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Fifteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...

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Maine’s Exemption Laws Are Changing

In March of this year, Representative Denise Tepler (D. Topsham) introduced “An Act To Increase the Value of Property Exempt from Attachment and Execution,” LD 737, which sought to dramatically change Maine’s exemption scheme. ...