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 Announces Restructuring After 3 Weeks of Declining to Share Details

On June 10, the Maine State Police announced plans to reorganize troop deployment and delegation of manpower in line with revised law enforcement priorities. The announcement follows several weeks of secretive posturing and a lack...

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Preti Flaherty Files Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology

Preti Flaherty attorneys Greg Hansel, Shana Solomon, and Ellie Quinby filed a human trafficking and forced labor lawsuit against the Church of Scientology on behalf of three plaintiffs claiming decades of forced labor, intimidation, coercion...

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

Sixteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

Press Coverage

Five Major Norwegian Salmon Companies Agree to $85 Million Settlement in Antitrust Case

Preti Flaherty announced today that a Miami federal Court has granted preliminary approval to an $85 million settlement agreement in an antitrust case involving alleged price fixing of farmed salmon sold in the United...

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Primary Round-Up

Primary Round-Up As you are probably aware, primary elections in Maine took place on Tuesday, June 14, and there were a handful that could be significant to the general election outcome in November. Congressional...

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Racial Justice Fund Seeks Applications for Second Round of Grants

The Maine Justice Foundation is pleased to announce the second round of grants from the Racial Justice Fund. The Foundation will accept applications for grants of up to $10,000 from June 1-15, 2022. The...

Press Coverage

Court Orders State Police to Reveal More Details About Misconduct by Troopers

Previously concealed records of trooper misconduct by the Maine State Police must be provided in response to public records requests by the press, according to a ruling by Judge William R. Anderson of Penobscot Superior...

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Changes Affecting Employment Authorization for L-2, E, and H-4 Dependent Spouses

On November 12, 2021, USCIS announced that L-2 and E dependent spouses are no longer required to apply for an EAD to work in the United States. Instead, L-2 and E dependent spouses are...

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What Are My Options If My H-1B Registration Was Not Selected?

The H-1B nonimmigrant visa category allows employers to sponsor foreign nationals performing work in a “specialty occupation.” This typically requires an offer of employment in a job requiring at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree...

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How Does the Collapse of Roe v. Wade Impact Employer Health Plans?

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its prior decisions in  Roe v. Wade  and  Planned Parenthood v. Casey , which held that the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from banning abortion or...