The Firm

Diversity

At Preti Flaherty, diversity and inclusion are essential components of a vibrant and healthy workplace that brings out the best in our lawyers and staff.  This commitment began nearly fifty years ago when, as a small upstart surrounded by established firms, we chose to follow our own ideals and build a different type of law firm. Today our attorneys’ diverse backgrounds, identities, cultures, and experiences enhance our capacity to serve clients.

Diversity and Inclusion. We strive to foster an environment that enables our lawyers to reach their full potential.   We recognize and value diversity and inclusion as reflected in our policies, including domestic partner health benefits, paid parental leave, and flexible work schedules. The firm has committed to serve as one of the Founders of the Maine Justice Foundation’s Racial Justice Fund and is a signatory to the Maine State Chamber of Commerce’s Standing in Solidarity pledge.

Associate Development and Mentoring. Our associates represent the future of the firm, and we believe that investment in their success benefits the firm and its clients. Each of our associates participates in a robust mentoring program.  The program is designed to focus on providing all associates access to advancement and development opportunities.  We also hold regular associate luncheons, and an associate summer outing, as well as monthly associate trainings on a wide range of topics including business development, substantive areas of law, practice management and other tools to help our associates develop and mature their practices.  We hold annual informational sessions on compensation and advancement to ensure that everyone understands firm operations and what it takes to succeed in the firm.

Maine D1L Diversity Summer Associate Program. Preti Flaherty participates in a unique initiative focused on building a diverse legal community in Maine by attracting a diverse pool of first-year law students (1Ls) from across the country for a 10-week paid summer internship. More information about the program and how to apply can be found here.

Equal Employment Opportunity. It is the policy of the Firm to provide equal opportunity employment to all employees and applicants for employment. No person shall be discriminated against in employment because of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or political affiliation. This policy applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

Diversity Committee. The firm’s Diversity Committee reports directly to the firm’s Management Committee, collaborates with the firm’s practice group chairs, and is composed of attorneys and senior staff actively involved in all aspects of the firm. It meets monthly and engages in a range of actions to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Those actions include a diversity action plan, a mandatory annual in-person diversity and inclusion training session for all firm attorneys (with national-caliber speakers), a dedicated budget for supporting attorney participation in diversity-related seminars and events, a quarterly diversity newsletter, a periodic diversity survey, recognition of cultural heritage months, and promotion of other recruitment and professional development opportunities to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm.

Community Engagement. We value the communities in which we practice and the organizations that foster healthy communities and bring change.  Across the firm, we are involved in organizations related to diversity and inclusion in bar associations, pro bono assignments, and charitable and non-profit organizations. We provide funding and sponsorship for attorneys to seek leadership roles in professional and community organizations, and support attendance at conferences relating to diversity and inclusion.

Our attorneys are now or recently have been members of, support, and in most instances, have held leadership positions in the following organizations, among others:

  • American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
  • Campaign for Justice
  • Campaign for Legal Services
  • Forum Francophone Des Affairs
  • Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
  • Hallowell Food Bank
  • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP)
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • Justice Action Group
  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Lawyers for Civil Rights
  • Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation (MASR)
  • Maine and American Bar Foundations
  • Maine Equal Justice Partners
  • Maine Justice Foundation
  • Maternal Health Alliance of Maine
  • The Mitchell Institute
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Bar Foundation
  • Prosperity ME
  • Susan L. Curtis Foundation
  • United Way
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP)

Firm Highlights

Publication

OSHA Issues Long-Awaited Vaccination Rule for Large Employers

After waiting with bated breath for nearly two (2) months, employers will finally have access to OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on November 5, 2021...

News

Preti Flaherty Recognized as 2020 Top Law Firm by Antitrust Annual Report

Preti Flaherty has been recognized by the Antitrust Annual Report as a Top Antitrust Law Firm for 2020. Established in 2018, the Antitrust Annual Report is produced in partnership with the University of San...

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How to Create Authentic Social Media Content

Preti Flaherty attorney Bodie Colwell has authored an article for Mainebiz on the how social media can help a company define its brand, the power of authenticity to engage your audience, and tips for starting to build a social media...

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Maine Workers’ Compensation Appellate Division Update - November 2021

Below are two recent and interesting Maine Workers’ Compensation Appellate Division decisions. The first  deals with the compensability of injuries sustained in employer-sponsored athletic events. The second deals with the referral of an employee...

News

Nineteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2021 Super Lawyers

Nineteen Preti Flaherty attorneys have been selected for recognition by Super Lawyers , including eleven Rising Stars. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers throughout the United States in more than 70 practice areas. Only five...

Publication

Not So Fast: OSHA’s ETS in Limbo While Challenges Play Out

Over the weekend, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked the emergency mandatory vaccine and testing regulations published in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  As of November 9, 2021...

Press Coverage

In Reversal, Maine CDC Will Allow "Advocacy Journalists" into Next COVID-19 Briefing

Following an announcement by Gov. Janet Mills, representatives from the Maine People's Alliance and the Maine Policy Institute will be allowed to attend and participate in the weekly livestream COVID-19 briefings presented by the Maine Center for Disease...

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys Samuel Burgess and Ethan Johnson to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of attorneys Samuel L. Burgess and Ethan F. Johnson. Sam Burgess joins the firm as an Associate in the Litigation Practice Group, practicing from the Concord...

News

U.S. News – Best Lawyers Ranks Preti Flaherty Among 2022 Best Law Firms

Preti Flaherty has been named among the 2022 Best Law Firms by the U.S. News – Best Lawyers rankings. To be eligible for ranking, a law firm must have at least one attorney named...

Press Coverage

Maine Newspapers Fight Anonymous Testimony in Lawsuit Challenging Vaccine Mandate

A group of newspapers in Portland, Lewiston, Augusta, and Waterville, represented by Preti Flaherty attorney Sigmund Schutz, have filed a motion in federal court requesting the identity of nine healthcare workers seeking religious exemption from the state's...