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.

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.

Diversity Committee. We have appointed a dedicated group, the Diversity Committee, to help guide the firm as we advance our diversity and inclusion goals.  This group is composed of attorneys and senior staff actively involved in all aspects of the firm.  The Committee works regularly on recruitment and professional development, collaborates with the firm’s practice group chairs, and reports directly to the firm’s Management Committee.

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
  • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP)
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • Justice Action Group
  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation (MASR)
  • Maine and American Bar Foundations
  • Maine Equal Justice Partners
  • Maine Justice Foundation
  • Maternal Health Alliance of Maine
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Prosperity ME
  • Susan L. Curtis Foundation
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP)

Firm Highlights

Event

2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

Press Coverage

Maine - Waterville Coronavirus Panel Illegally Met in Secret

A Waterville City Council coronavirus subcommittee formed in response to the outbreak has been accused of illegally meeting in secret, denying public access to its deliberations, and making unlawful decisions. Extended Coverage: Virus Concerns Lead to 'Public' Meetings Without...

Publication

Essential Business? Essential Activity? Clarification Here.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 2nd, the Governor has ordered a statewide “stay at home” order further restricting Maine resident’s movement. Governor’s Executive Order No. 28 FY 19/20 dated March 31, 2020 (“Stay...

Publication

DOL Provides Guidance on Exemption from Paid Leave for Small Businesses

The FFCRA requires certain employers to provide paid sick leave and expanded FMLA benefits due to COVID-19 but provides that businesses with fewer than 50 employees may be exempt if the obligation would jeopardize...

Publication

Preti Flaherty Announces its COVID-19 Financial Relief Evaluation and Selection Tool

This Analysis of COVID-19 Financial Advice is effective as of 5PM on Friday, April 3, 2020.  THE INFORMATION SET FORTH BELOW IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE as Treasury Guidelines and other authorities emerge from the...

News

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

For the twelfth year in a row, 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...

Press Coverage

Maine State Police May Be Spying on You

Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys: James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian. James joins the Environmental Practice Group as a Director and will work from the...

Press Coverage

6th Circ. Says Auto Parts Co. Can't Arbitrate Price-Fixing Suit

On February 24, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Michigan district court's January 2019 decision that KYB Corp. can't force a suit accusing it of conspiring with other auto parts...

News

Attorney Betsy E. Wakefield Joins Preti Flaherty’s Business Law Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Betsy E. Wakefield has joined the firm. Betsy will practice with the Business Law Group from the firm’s Portland office, where she will be counseling banking and...