Biography

Rick practices with the firm's Business Law, Real Estate and Health Care Groups and is the former Chair of the Business Law Group. He handles all types of commercial transactions, with emphasis on buying and selling businesses, structuring business relationships, lending transactions, construction contracting and technology procurement.

Previous Legal Experience
After receiving his law degree from Yale Law School in 1972, Rick worked in the Maine Governor's Office as Federal State Coordinator, Maine Alternate to the New England Regional Commission and Special Assistant to Governor Kenneth M. Curtis. As the governor's aide, Rick had staff responsibilities for natural resources, energy, environmental protection, economic development and Native American affairs. He served as Development Officer and General Counsel to the Maine State Housing Authority from 1975 to 1977. In 1977, he became Administrative Assistant to Governor Curtis during the governor's term as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. A year later, he joined Preti Flaherty.

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Mortgage Attorneys
    • Opinions Committee
    • Legislative Committee
    • Former State Chair for Maine
    • Former Member of Board of Regents
  • Maine Bar Foundation, Former Member of Board of Directors, President and Treasurer
  • Maine Real Estate Development Association, Public Policy Committee

Honors & Recognition

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America
  • Recognized by New England Super Lawyers
  • Maine Real Estate Development Association, Legislative Committee
    • Public Policy Advocacy Award, 1992
    • Founder's Award, 2002
  • Lectured on legal opinions in business transactions, eminent domain and health privacy matters

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Inc.
    • Quality Committee
    • Former Member of Board of Directors, President and Treasurer
  • Maine Historical Society, Member
  • New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Member
  • Ohio Genealogical Society, Member

Firm Highlights

Press Coverage

As More States Release COVID-19 Cases by Town, Maine Says It Could Take 6 Months

As more states continue to release information on the number and distribution of coronavirus cases, officials from Maine's public health agency claim that making tallies available to the public under the state's Freedom of...

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Maine drops residency requirement for recreational marijuana businesses

Since Mainers voted to pass the Maine Marijuana Legalization Act in 2016, lawmakers have been wrestling with how to regulate sales. Last week, recreational marijuana businesses in Maine cleared a major hurdle to operation...

News

ACTIONS. NOW. FOR CHANGE.

Our country and our communities are suffering and in turmoil due to the racial injustices that have occurred for centuries and are still happening all around us today. It is difficult to comprehend and...

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Preti Flaherty Attorney William Saturley Named Among America’s Top 100 “Bet-the-Company Litigators” for 2020

Preti Flaherty is proud to announce that attorney William Saturley has been selected for inclusion on the list of America’s Top 100 “Bet-the-Company Litigators” for 2020. America’s Top 100 recognizes the most qualified and...

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Contractor's Guide to Mitigating Risks in the AIA A201-2017 General Conditions

The AIA A201-2017 is generally a well-understood contract document and is used in a significant number of construction projects each year. While this standard contract covers most risks, there are a number of areas...

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Officer-involved Shootings Video - Maine Behind the Curve on Public Access to Information

More than three months after officers were involved in a fatal shooting of a Minot, Maine, resident, the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office and the Office of the Attorney General continue to deny requests to...

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Preti Flaherty COVID-19 Resources

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Preti Flaherty's attorneys have maintained a constant stream of the most up-to-date information and resources for our clients, business partners, and others struggling to navigate these complex...

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Legislative Alert: Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee Update

The Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee met on Friday June 26 th to hear reports from the Chairs of all six subcommittees. In the reporting on Friday the biggest monetary ask was from the Infrastructure...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Transition to In-Person Hearings Likely to Occur No Sooner Than August 2020; Section 312 IME’s Have Resumed

A conference with Maine Workers' Compensation Board Executive Director John Rohde was held last week to discuss the transition to in-person hearings at the WCB. The WCB Subcommittees also met to discuss recent developments...

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Eighteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Eighteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...