Biography

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
  • Society of Human Resources Managers

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

  • Former Board Member (President), SMART Child & Family Services

Firm Highlights

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Never Say Goodbye: Employee Performance Reviews, Terminations, and Alternatives

Laura Rideout and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, VP of Operations at Chalmers Insurance Group will present on employee performance reviews, terminations, and alternatives as a part of the Institute for Family Owned Business Legal Lunch...

News

Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

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From Concord: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all legislative activities in the state of New Hampshire, with a couple of exceptions, will be handled remotely. Several employment-related bills will be considered and voted on during this...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Decision Involving Gradual Injury That First Manifested at Home, Not at Work

In Thomas v. United Ambulance , United Ambulance appealed a Decision (Goodnough, ALJ) granting Thomas’s Petition for Award and granting in part his Petition for Payment. United Ambulance argued that the ALJ erred in...

Press Coverage

Sabattus Family's Bat Woes Prompt Bill To Force Real Estate Pest Disclosure

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From Augusta: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

On March 13, 2020, Maine Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker of the House Sara Gideon issued a joint statement to the 129th Maine Legislature signifying their intention to suspend the remainder of the...

News

Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Statute of Limitations in Coordination of Benefits

Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision in Charest v. Hydraulic Hose Dealing with Unique Statute of Limitations Issue in the Context of the Coordination of Benefits On March 30, 2021, the Law Court issued a...

Press Coverage

Maine Newspapers Challenge Rule Concealing Electronic Court Records

A Maine court committee in December established a 90-day blackout period rule on public access to newly filed electronic court records, a move which has been challenged by Maine's newspapers as a violation of the First Amendment. Paper...

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Changing Control in the Time of COVID: Navigating ‘Change of Ownership’ Prior to PPP Loan Satisfaction.

The Hypothetical Everyone loves a hypothetical, right? So let’s begin with one about Billy Builder: Billy Builder holds 55% of the equity in a construction business he founded way back when the fax machine...