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 Well, if we bump up against an unreasonable or outdated law, we go to the legislature and get the law changed.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

News

Attorney Crystal L. Bulges Joins Preti Flaherty’s Environmental Practice Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorney Crystal L. Bulges has joined the firm’s Environmental Practice Group, working in the Portland office. Crystal brings to the firm more than 20 years of experience...

Publication

Proposed EPA Rule Would Tighten Emissions Standards at Affected Power Plants and Industrial Sources

On April 6, the U.S. EPA published a proposed rule to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NO x ) in 26 states that the agency says are impacting the ability of downwind states to...

Press Coverage

More Reminders of the Shortcomings of Maine’s Freedom of Access Law

As part of an editorial marking Sunshine Week , the annual celebration started by the American Society of News Editors to recognize the importance of open government, Preti Flaherty attorney Sig Schutz is quoted by the  Bangor...

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

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

Press Coverage

From Maine to Kushan: Teaching the U.S. Legal System in China

Preti Flaherty attorney Jeff Thaler was recently the subject of an essay written by one of his former students at Duke Kushan University (DKU). In 2019, Jeff spent time at DKU serving as a...

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Employers May See Increased Accommodation Requests in 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a multitude of challenges for employers. As more employees return to the office in 2022—whether full-time or on a hybrid schedule—employers will face difficult compliance questions and, most likely...

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Identifying and Preventing Inappropriate Comments at Work

Employers are starting to establish a new workplace normal. Employees are often returning to work in an environment that is dramatically different than the one they left two years ago. How we communicate with...

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H-2B Temporary Visas: Additional 35,000 Coming in Second Half of FY 2022

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the forthcoming publication of a joint temporary final rule to make available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas...

News

Preti Flaherty Attorney Tim Bryant Selected by Franchise Times as “Legal Eagle”

For the fourteenth consecutive year, Preti Flaherty attorney Tim Bryant has been recognized as a Franchise Times magazine “Legal Eagle.” Nominated by their peers, franchise attorneys chosen for this honor are considered among the...

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FY2023 H-1B Season – Key Facts for Employers

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the H-1B initial registration period for the FY 2023 cap is scheduled to open at noon ET on March 1, 2022 and will remain open until noon ET...