The Firm

Deliberately Different.

We came together because we wanted to build a different kind of law firm. We looked around the legal landscape and saw firms following stuffy traditions and preset rules, staying in the lines and abiding by what they were “supposed” to do. But we envisioned redrawing the lines and setting new precedents, giving clients the kind of creative and forward-thinking law firm that they need.

We’re proud to say that’s exactly what we did. When we opened our doors, we were a small group of litigators, lobbyists and corporate lawyers with big ideas. Today, we have 100 lawyers across New England bringing new approaches and innovative solutions to all major fields of law. And as our communities and culture evolve, so do we. We carve out new areas of law where before none existed.

Some may say we’re a little rebellious, and we’re good with that. Because that’s exactly what the model we had in mind is all about. We set out not to help our clients best conform to the law, but to reshape laws and longstanding conventions and define new solutions and new ways to serve our clients.

What does doing things differently look like? Well, if we bump up against an unreasonable or outdated law, we go to the legislature and get the law changed. If we’re facing restrictive precedents, we craft new arguments and creatively reset the course of a case. If a client has a problem that extends beyond the law, we pair our legal strategy with strategic communications tools to reframe the narrative.

We enjoy what we do, and we can say with confidence that we’re good at what we do. We’ve earned that confidence. And we hope you’ll bring us your business goals so we can help you achieve them and earn your confidence. Together, we can continue to chart a new course.

Deliberate.

“Nostalgia’s supposed to make me say, ‘We had no idea how much we would accomplish, how big we would grow,’ but that’s just not true. We had big aspirations, important goals, and we are now exactly the firm we wanted to be.”

Harold Pachios, Founding Partner
Different.

“We’re about 45 years old—in the law firm world, that’s young. And our approach really embodies the best characteristics of youth. Bold, daring, limitless, not taking no for an answer, fueled by the idea that you can do anything you want to do.”

David Van Slyke, Managing Partner

Firm Highlights

Publication

Considerations When Terminating a Foreign Worker (H-1B, H-1B1, E-1/E-2, E-3, TN, L-1, O-1)

Terminating an employee is always a difficult decision. Terminating a foreign worker has additional challenges and consequences that must be considered, and employers must ensure they comply with state and federal law. An employer...

Publication

First Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Against Maine Residency Requirements for the Medical Cannabis Industry

The First Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday struck down the Maine law that requires owners of medical cannabis dispensaries to be Maine residents. The Court affirmed a decision from the federal court in...

Event

ACC NextGen Starter Brief: Bankruptcy

In order to keep your business running, you rely on suppliers, vendors, and distributors. What if one of those businesses is in financial trouble and may file for bankruptcy? What if they do file...

Press Coverage

Woman Charged with Starting Massive Blaze That Consumed Pittston Residence

On May 10, a woman in Pittston was issued a summons for an outdoors burning violation for a fire that destroyed her home and spread to another building nearby. Officials from the Forest Protection...

News

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...

Publication

Reminder to Continue to Update Policies and Practices to Reflect Latest COVID-19 Guidance

You might be sick of thinking about COVID-19 but people are still getting sick and employers must take appropriate action to keep the workplace safe. There has been a steady increase this summer in...

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys Joshua J. Biermann, Laura E. Jensen, and Michael J. Melusky to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of three new associates to the firm’s Portland office: Joshua J. Biermann, Laura E. Jensen, and Michael J. Melusky. Josh Biermann is a graduate of the...

Event

55th Annual Transportation Law Institute

The global supply chain has been disrupted by worldwide events over the past few years. No one is immune from the effects of world issues, and this panel, moderated by Preti Flaherty's Daniel Sonneborn...

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys S. Michael Adams, II; Colin T. Barrett; Thomas J. Druan, Jr.; Nicholas P. Janzen; and Thomas C. LeBlond to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of attorneys S. Michael Adams, II; Colin T. Barrett; Thomas J. Druan, Jr.; Nicholas P. Janzen; and Thomas C. LeBlond. Mike Adams joins the firm’s Real...

Event

Pachios on the News, with Guest Maine Gubernatorial Candidate Paul LePage