Biography

Ria practices with Preti Flaherty's Corporate and M&A Practice Group in the firm's Portland office, representing corporate clients, including private equity firms, venture capital funds, emerging businesses, and privately and publicly held companies in a wide variety of industries. She focuses her practice on transactional and corporate governance matters, business structuring, mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements, securities law, transactional and international tax, and regulatory compliance. Her experience includes advising clients with holdings in the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and the University of Washington, Ria also studied international relations and economics at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland for three years. Between undergrad and law school, Ria worked in public relations in the Seattle, Washington, area, including as part of the crisis management team for Microsoft’s Windows business group. Prior to joining Preti Flaherty, Ria practiced law for five years at notable firms in Boston, Connecticut, and Washington, DC.

Ria lives in Gardiner, Maine, with her husband.

Professional Activities

  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Massachusetts State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Publications

  • “Sexton Opinion Further Restricts What Conduct Can Be Regulated Under ‘Practice’ Before the IRS,” ABA Tax Times, Vol. 36, No. 3, Spring 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • “Subpart F Income Tax: Its Scope and Application to US Shareholders” - ABA Tax Section, (Moderator, January 19, 2017)
  • “Ethical Issues in Federal Tax Practice: The Government Perspective” - ABA Tax Section, (Moderator, September 15, 2017)

Firm Highlights

Publication

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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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...

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...

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...

News

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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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...

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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...

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...

News

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...

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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...