Preti Flaherty’s appellate team has provided persuasive and effective written and oral advocacy in hundreds of appeals before state and federal appellate courts in New England and beyond.

We understand that a successful appeal is based on a fresh look at the law and the facts, a realistic assessment of the merits, and careful prioritizing and winnowing of the facts and legal argument.  Effective appellate advocacy requires more than just repackaging the arguments made before the trial court.  It requires the unique skill set that our appellate specialists possess.

Our appellate team provides clients with an objective assessment of their prospects on appeal and the tools to get the best possible result.  We work with Preti Flaherty’s trial lawyers to fine-tune their argument for the appellate court, serve as special counsel where another law firm has litigated the case in the trial court, and file friend-of-the court (amicus) briefs where the outcome of the litigation may set important legal precedent that could impact a client or an entire industry. Our lawyers have litigated petitions for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court and have appeared in every U.S. Court of Appeals, but one. 

If you or your client is engaged in or considering an appeal, we are ready to help.

Firm Highlights

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Changing Control in the Time of COVID: Navigating ‘Change of Ownership’ Prior to PPP Loan Satisfaction.

The Hypothetical Everyone loves a hypothetical, right? So let’s begin with one about Billy Builder: Billy Builder holds 55% of the equity in a construction business he founded way back when the fax machine...

Press Coverage

Maine Newspapers Challenge Rule Concealing Electronic Court Records

A Maine court committee in December established a 90-day blackout period rule on public access to newly filed electronic court records, a move which has been challenged by Maine's newspapers as a violation of the First Amendment. Paper...

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From Augusta: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

On March 13, 2020, Maine Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker of the House Sara Gideon issued a joint statement to the 129th Maine Legislature signifying their intention to suspend the remainder of the...

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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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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Decision Involving Gradual Injury That First Manifested at Home, Not at Work

In Thomas v. United Ambulance , United Ambulance appealed a Decision (Goodnough, ALJ) granting Thomas’s Petition for Award and granting in part his Petition for Payment. United Ambulance argued that the ALJ erred in...

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Sabattus Family's Bat Woes Prompt Bill To Force Real Estate Pest Disclosure

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From Concord: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all legislative activities in the state of New Hampshire, with a couple of exceptions, will be handled remotely. Several employment-related bills will be considered and voted on during this...

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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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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Statute of Limitations in Coordination of Benefits

Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision in Charest v. Hydraulic Hose Dealing with Unique Statute of Limitations Issue in the Context of the Coordination of Benefits On March 30, 2021, the Law Court issued a...

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Never Say Goodbye: Employee Performance Reviews, Terminations, and Alternatives

Laura Rideout and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, VP of Operations at Chalmers Insurance Group will present on employee performance reviews, terminations, and alternatives as a part of the Institute for Family Owned Business Legal Lunch...