Representative Matters

  • Real Estate Development Work - Eric's contributions to major real estate development projects have included regulatory, contract and procurement work for the development of a major newspaper printing and production plant, the construction of a large psychiatric hospital and expansions for various Maine hospitals. He was lead counsel in the design and implementation of the cross-border ownership structure for a power generating facility.
  • Financial Workouts and Restructuring - In financial workouts, he has handled the negotiation and documentation of waste handling agreements for several Maine municipalities as part of the financial restructuring of one of Maine's largest waste-to-energy plants. He also led the firm's groundbreaking work on the restructuring of a housing cooperative association.
  • Lead Counsel on Business Acquisitions - He has been lead counsel in a number of business acquisitions including purchases of television stations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Springfield and Champaign, Illinois, and Tallahassee, Florida, in addition to several newspapers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. He has also handled acquisitions of other telecommunications, call center, computer software, hydroelectric and insurance businesses both in and out of Maine.
  • Negotiation of Real Estate Purchases and Leasings - Rick also handles negotiation and documentation of purchases, financings and leasing of real estate, including broadcast tower, shopping center, office building and other commercial leasing.
  • Collaborating with Teams to Help Clients Succeed - As lead attorney on many major transactions, Rick has coordinated participation by other practice groups in the firm, particularly on matters related to the environment, employment and bankruptcy. He has a long record of success in collaborations with other professionals (including lawyers outside of the firm) to the maximum advantage of the firm's clients.

Firm Highlights


President Biden Signs Speak Out Act

On December 7, 2022, President Biden signed the "Speak Out Act" which became effective that day. The Act prohibits the enforcement of blanket non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses that are entered into before any allegation...


Pre-Session Legislative Update

LD 3 “An Act to Establish the Winter Energy Relief Payment Program to Aid Residents with High Heating Costs and to Finalize the COVID Pandemic Relief Payment Program” After Governor Mills’ heating and housing...


Dan Sonneborn to Present Webinar on Carmack Amendment Defenses for the Transportation Lawyers Association

On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, Preti Flaherty Attorney Dan Sonneborn will present the webinar "The Best Offense… Is a Good Defense? Using Exceptions to Swallow the Rule: The Nuts and Bolts of Carmack Amendment...


Preti Flaherty Announces Attorneys Kristy Abraham and Mariana Baron Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named two new partners: Kristy Abraham and Mariana Baron. Both attorneys stand out as distinguished practitioners in the field of corporate law and...


Committee Assignments

Committee assignments for the 131st Maine State Legislature have been made public. This article from the Bangor Daily News mentions some of the most interesting choices made by Senate President Jackson and Speaker Rachel...

Press Coverage

Court Rules Portland Rents Are Public Information, Not Trade Secrets

Rental information is public information and not protected from public record requests under the Maine Trade Secrets Act, according to a recent ruling by Justice Thomas R. McKeon of the Maine Business and Consumer Court. The...


FTC Proposes New Rule Impacting Legality of Non-Compete Agreements

Background Over the last several years, non-compete agreements, which prevent workers from joining a competitor or starting a competing business for a time after separating from employment, have become less common as states enact...


Preti Flaherty Continues Year of Remarkable Growth with Addition of Five New Attorneys

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of five new Associates to the firm: Scott A. DeLong, Christopher S. Knight, Kijana Plenderleith, Harper A. Weissburg, and Joshua D. Williams. In our Portland, Maine, office...


Attorney Erin K. Naylon Joins Preti Flaherty’s Corporate and M&A Practice Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorney Erin K. Naylon has joined the firm’s Corporate and M&A Practice Group, working in the Portland, Maine office. Erin is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School...


Dan Sonneborn to Present at Trucking Industry Defense Association 2023 Cargo Seminar

Preti Flaherty attorney Dan Sonneborn will be a speaker at the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) 2023 Cargo Seminar in Phoenix, Arizona, presenting on the topic of defending cargo claims concerning perishable goods and the Food...