Biography

Geoff is both an attorney and a licensed professional engineer. His practice focuses on labor and employment law, construction law and litigation involving technical and engineering issues. He counsels a number of major Maine businesses on employer-employee matters such as unionization efforts, grievance procedures, employee discipline and discrimination complaints.

He has successfully handled cases in both state and federal courts and before several state and federal administrative agencies. Recently, he spearheaded a major Portland employer's successful efforts in opposing a union's attempt to organize employees.

Geoff was formerly a civil engineer and construction troubleshooter at remote sites in Africa, South America, the Mideast and the Caribbean. He served as a consultant on many projects including dams, tank farms, power plants and pipelines and often faced the task of providing advice on resolving legal problems arising out of various projects. This led to his decision to return to the United States and attend law school.

He was born in Port Chester, New York. He graduated from Syracuse University with undergraduate degrees in forestry and engineering; later, he earned a master's degree in civil engineering.

In 1982, he graduated from the University of Maine School of Law. After his admission to the bar that same year, he became counsel to the Maine Department of Transportation and successfully brought before the Maine Supreme Court the first two major cases defining the department's potential liability under the Maine Tort Claims Act. He joined Preti Flaherty in 1984.

Professional Activities

  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Society of Civil Engineers

Honors & Recognition

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America

Firm Highlights

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Solving Problems During the Construction Process

Understanding the variety of construction contracts available and the specifics of each is essential for protecting your project and legal interests. At this interactive Half Moon Seminars webinar, Preti Flaherty attorney John Cronan will...

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Compliance for Two—What Employers Need to Know about the Newly Effective Final Regulation for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On June 18, 2024 the final rule from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) takes effect, clarifying employers' obligations under this landmark legislation. Effective since June 27...

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Maine Becomes Seventh State to Enact Uniform Public Expression Protection Act (UPEPA)

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Understanding the Impact of the FTC’s New Noncompete Ban on Your Construction Business

A few weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) attracted considerable media coverage when it issued its final rule banning noncompete agreements for workers in most circumstances and making existing noncompetes for the vast...

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10 Preti Attorneys, 6 Practice Groups Honored in National Rankings

Ten Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected by Chambers USA for inclusion in their premiere annual list of America’s leading lawyers. Preti is recognized for excellence in the practice areas...

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Veto Day and Final Day of the 131st Legislature

The Legislature convened on Friday, May 10 th for Veto Day to take action on the six bills objected to by the Governor. As expected, all six vetoes were sustained by lawmakers allowing  Governor...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Trusts and Estates Attorney Dianne Ricardo to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Dianne Ricardo has joined the firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group. Based out of the firm’s Concord, New Hampshire office, Dianne focuses her practice on comprehensive estate...

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Greg Hansel Named Top 25 Attorney of the Northeast Region by Attorney Intel

Preti Flaherty attorney Greg Hansel has been named one of the Top 25 Attorneys of the Northeast Region for 2024 by Attorney Intel . This year’s class of attorneys has been recognized for excelling...

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Massachusetts High Court Issues Important Ruling Impacting Prompt Pay Act

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Preti’s Sig Schutz Recognized as Member of NHPR’s Pulitzer-Finalist Team

Preti First Amendment attorney Sig Schutz has been recognized as “a core member of the [NHPR] team” involved in a podcast honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the audio journalism category.  The podcast...