Elizabeth A. Olivier has been with Preti Flaherty since 1987 and is currently the firm's General Counsel. She specializes in the areas of employment law and health law. Betty represents employers before state and federal administrative agencies, and in federal and state courts. She also regularly advises employers on various employment related issues, including compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination laws, compliance with wage and hour laws, employee leave issues under the FMLA, ADA and other state leave laws, contract issues, and issues involving employee discipline and/or termination.

Betty also works extensively with hospitals and other healthcare clients. She advises healthcare clients on employment-related issues including provider contracting and compensation, related healthcare statutory and regulatory restrictions, and the resolution of employment disputes. She also handles a variety of medical staff issues, and provides advice and representation on a wide range of statutory and regulatory compliance issues, privacy and confidentiality, risk management and liability.

Betty was born in Leominster, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of the University of Maine, where she received a degree in special education. After teaching school for a few years, Betty earned her law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. She worked as a legal assistant in several Boston law firms while attending law school.

She resides in Cumberland with her husband, Roy, and her children, Meaghan and Matthew.

Professional Activities

  • Maine State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association

Honors & Recognition

  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business & Labor Law
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law & Labor Law
  • Named Best Lawyers 2015 'Lawyer of the Year' for Portland, Maine in Labor Law - Management

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Board Member (President) SMART Child & Family Services

Firm Highlights


Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named attorney Benjamin S. Piper as a partner. Ben is a member of the firm's Environmental, Litigation, and Media Law Practice Groups and works...


David B. Van Slyke Named Preti Flaherty Managing Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that, in a unanimous vote, the firm’s partnership has elected attorney David B. Van Slyke as its incoming Managing Partner. David is one of the preeminent environmental lawyers...


Maine WC Appellate Division Addresses Refusal of Suitable Work and Notice

The Maine Workers' Compensation Appellate Division recently addressed cases dealing with refusal of suitable work and notice. Both decisions rely heavily on the specific facts of each case. In the context of a refusal...


Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Andrew I. Roth-Wells has joined the firm as a Government Relations Liaison. Andrew will help manage legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for the firm’s Government Affairs Team...


Maine WC Alert: Updated Version of Notice of Controversy (WCB-9) Must Be Used Effective February 1, 2020

Following the recent statutory changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has updated the language in Box 22 of the Notice of Controversy. This new version should be used as...


Maine WC Alert: MAE Unit Publishes Guidance on Compliance with Recent Amendments

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board’s Monitoring, Audit & Enforcement Unit has issued a document to provide guidance on complying with certain recent amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act in P.L. 2019, c. 344 (LD...


Tony Manhart and Jason Howe Present Top Ten Construction Contract Tips for ABC of Maine

As part of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Maine Contractor Series, Preti Flaherty attorneys Tony Manhart and Jason Howe will present the Top Ten tips for AIA contracts. ABC is a national association with 72...


Bankruptcy Alert: Significant Implications of the New Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019

Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) On August 23, 2019, President Trump signed the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) (the “SBRA”) into law.  Lenders should be aware of the...


Ken Rubinstein to Present at Boston Bar Association Brown Bag Lunch

2019 AIA A133 CM at Risk with a Guaranteed Maximum Price – Updates You Should Be Aware Of Ken Rubinstein will present an update on the provisions and implications of the new AIA form...

Press Coverage

Bangor superintendent blocked BDN reporter on Twitter after critical news coverage

In an apparent violation of the First Amendment, Bangor schools superintendent Betsy Webb temporarily blocked a journalist on Twitter following a report that news of a student suicide was announced over the loudspeaker at...