New ventures face many challenges on the path to success, some of them legal in nature. Preti Flaherty’s Emerging Businesses group has worked on behalf of hundreds of northern New England’s finest entrepreneurial minds, serving as a strategic partner from the very beginning. We work with our clients to successfully launch their business from a strong legal foundation, raise capital, establish employment agreements, protect intellectual property, navigate tax and licensing matters, and tackle any other legal challenges that may arise along the way. Our legal services for emerging companies and entrepreneurs include:

  • Formation consultation to determine correct type of legal entity and tax treatment
  • Positioning for raising capital through angel investors, venture capitalists, or other means
  • Ensuring all investment is done in compliance with state and federal securities law
  • Evaluating debt financing options including venture capital and traditional bank financing
  • Securing, maintaining, exploiting, and enforcing intellectual property rights and assets
  • Employee compensation plans, from initial stages to equity compensation and stock plans
  • Negotiating commercial lease space

Innovative legal planning to grow your business

Working with a lead attorney from our Business Group, our emerging business clients benefit from a collaborative approach tailored to their unique business needs. We represent companies and entrepreneurs across the full spectrum of industries and from every stage of growth, offering legal counsel from a business perspective to ensure their success. From intellectual property and labor and employment to tax, litigation, regulatory issues and beyond, we provide clients with the tools, information, and foundation necessary to make solid business decisions and gain a valuable edge.

Through our LaunchPad program, qualifying startups receive business formation services at no cost, and benefit from a long-term partnership and the full range of the firm’s capabilities and services as they grow.

Firm Highlights

Publication

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...

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...

News

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...

Event

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...

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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...

Event

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...

Publication

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...

News

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...

News

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...

Publication

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...