Representative Matters

  • Represents clients before state administrative agencies, including the Bureau of Insurance, Bureau of Financial Services, Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection, Office of Securities, the Bureau of Taxation and Department of Transportation, the Secretary of State, the Department of Environmental Protection, and in appellate actions in Maine courts involving state agency rulings.
  • Represents numerous clients before the Maine Legislature, including the Maine Auto Dealers Association, AFLAC, Maine Optometric Association, American Insurance Association, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Wells Fargo, American Express, Express Scripts, The Toy Industry Association, and the Securities Industry.
  • Bruce is one of Maine's leading advocates in the field of insurance, representing insurance companies, re-insurers, self-insurers, Captive companies, MEWAs and producers before the Bureau of Insurance.
  • Maintains an active trial practice in state and federal courts, representing insurance companies, automobile dealerships, and other businesses and individuals. Bruce also maintains an active appellate practice, having appeared numerous times before the Maine Supreme Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. He has represented the pharmaceutical industry in a constitutional challenge to a state price control statute which went to the United States Supreme Court. He also maintains an active plaintiff's practice.
  • Was the primary author of Maine's workers' compensation self-insurance laws and regulations. He created Maine's Self Insurance Guarantee Association statute, the first of its kind in the nation. He has obtained regulatory approval for programs for most groups currently authorized to self-insured workers' compensation. These clients include the Maine Auto Dealers Association, the longest standing private group self-insurer in Maine; the Maine Motor Transport Association; the Distributors and Suppliers Group; the Maine Oil Dealers Association; the Maine Forest Products Group and numerous others.
  • Authored the Maine Statute, which allows self-insurers to reinsure their own Worker's Compensation exposures. He created the first self-insured reinsurer in Maine.
  • Bruce was one of the authors of Maine's Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements statute. Bruce secured Certificates of Approval for the banking and automobile industries to operate Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements. He also represents other groups both in Maine and Northern New England interested in this health insurance alternative, and has secured legislation authorizing a multistate MEWA. Bruce has also authored legislation expanding the availability of MEWA's to groups formed on a geographic, rather than an association basis.
  • Bruce amended Maine's Captive Insurance Law to allow the formation of health captives and has secured regulatory approval for the Maine Wellness Association Captive, the first of its kind.
  • He is the primary author of several of Maine's franchise laws, including the Automobile Dealer-Manufacturer, Farm Machinery, Power Equipment, Machinery and Appliances, and Recreational Vehicles, Snowmobiles and All-terrain Vehicles franchise laws.
  • Bruce is the primary author of a number of provisions in Maine's insurance code.

Firm Highlights

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Portland Referenda and Legislative Leadership Update

In addition to all the state and national legislative races that were (mostly) decided by Wednesday morning, there were also 13 referendum questions on the Portland municipal ballot and one in Bar Harbor of...

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Committee Assignments

Committee assignments for the 131st Maine State Legislature have been made public. This article from the Bangor Daily News mentions some of the most interesting choices made by Senate President Jackson and Speaker Rachel...

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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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Pre-Session Legislative Update

LD 3 “An Act to Establish the Winter Energy Relief Payment Program to Aid Residents with High Heating Costs and to Finalize the COVID Pandemic Relief Payment Program” After Governor Mills’ heating and housing...

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46 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2023, Including 6 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-six Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2023, including three “Ones to Watch” and six “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is considered a...

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End of Session Update

The Second Regular Session of the 130th Maine State Legislature finally adjourned Sine Die, or “without day”, on Monday, May 9. Lawmakers voted on the 5 vetoes sent to them by Governor Mills, and...

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November 2022 Election Update

Maine State House Most of us who are obsessed with electoral politics expected a tight Gubernatorial race and, if not changes in control of the House or Senate, much closer margins between the majority...

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Pre-Session Leadership Update

Since our last update before Thanksgiving, House Democrats have chosen their leadership team. They have chosen Rep. Rachel Talbot-Ross, D-Portland, as their candidate for Speaker of the House, the Hon. Rob Hunt to continue...

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Swearing-In Day Summary

Presiding Officers, Parliamentarians, and Constitutional Officers  The first day of the 131st Legislature was relatively uneventful, and what was most notable is what didn’t happen – the Governor’s emergency energy relief bill. The results...

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November 2022 Election Update

Maine State House Most of us who are obsessed with electoral politics expected a tight Gubernatorial race and, if not changes in control of the House or Senate, much closer margins between the majority...