Today’s education landscape presents many opportunities for public and private institutions, but also poses many legal and regulatory challenges. Preti Flaherty’s Education Law group is well-prepared and positioned to smoothly guide secondary schools and higher learning institutions through the complexities of varying issues and toward their educational missions. We don’t just find solutions to problems. We create a solid framework through advocacy, planning and policy-making that helps our clients successfully advance their goals and avoid legal conflict in the future.

Our attorneys have knowledge and experience in all aspects of education law, as well as other areas of law that impact educational organizations including employment, taxation and tax exemption, real estate and corporate law. We help clients deal with a range of legal matters that exist within education policy, including:

  • School reorganization
  • Charter school contracts, negotiations, and legislation
  • Structuring new or renewed educational enterprises
  • Compliance and regulation
  • Negligence and liability
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Faculty tenure and employment
  • 501(c)(3) issues
  • First amendment issues
  • Education legislative reform
  • Regional School Unit formation/amendment and withdrawal/accession
  • Alternative organization structures
  • Disability issues
  • School safety legal issues and laws
  • Business opportunities in the education sector

A primary legal resource for secondary education

Clients come to us because we step outside conventional thinking to carve out new solutions in secondary education. From working with our Maine Legislative team to spearhead reorganization laws for rural communities and expand formation of Regional School Units, to negotiating Maine’s first charter school contract and continuously influencing charter school legislation, we have a successful track record of working with the government to develop and implement creative education programs and policies.

With our firm’s diverse strengths in legislative advocacy, administrative law, litigation, business organizations and transactions, combined with our deep experience in innovative problem solving on a wide range of matters, we have a unique ability to overcome complicated legal challenges related to secondary education. When clients need an unusual exemption, or a policy change to meet new educational objectives, we have the tools and experience to develop a practical solution tailored to their circumstances.

Charting the course in higher education

Preti Flaherty has been an active and prominent presence in higher education policy for decades, representing numerous institutions on legislative and legal matters. We serve as strategic partners, helping our clients identify areas of growth through new laws, as well as avoid penalties and problems that may result from regulation. As representatives of Maine’s primary association of private higher education institutions, our attorneys participate in most of the major state policy discussions in this sector. From closely monitoring developments in higher education policy at both the state and federal level, to serving as General Counsel for higher learning institutions and providing direct legal services to support our clients’ day-to-day needs, our education law team is a trusted resource for a diverse range of legal needs.

Firm Highlights

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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...

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Construction Alert: Gov. Baker Clarifies Massachusetts Construction Requirements and Possible Future Impacts for New Hampshire

The state of construction in Massachusetts continues to evolve as Governor Baker issued another order yesterday tightening  the list of types of construction that are allowed to proceed  as "essential services." Under the new...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...