Government Affairs

Government Procurement

We are regional and national leaders in our Government Affairs practice, highly respected for our legal advocacy as well as our solid and respectful working relationships in both the executive and legislative branches. In the specific area of government procurement, Preti Flaherty’s renowned team combines extensive knowledge and experience in governmental services, contracting and administrative law to help solve our clients’ problems and advance their interests. We are uniquely experienced and qualified in the following areas:

  • Public records laws
  • Confidentiality of sensitive business information and trade secrets
  • Maine competitive bid law
  • Identifying flaws in the procurement process
  • Maine’s Freedom of Access law
  • Appeals of contract awards
  • Advising on contracts and strategies for preparing bid responses
  • Providing representation before the Legislature
  • Facilitation with regulatory agencies

The most seasoned team in our State

Preti Flaherty has a long and prominent history in government affairs, spanning decades of deep involvement and influence in various government branches and regulatory bodies. From interpretation and application of existing law in formal administrative proceedings to informal negotiations and arguments, we consistently achieve results. Should the current regulatory climate pose too many obstacles, we are prepared to work effectively to change the law through the efforts of the largest and most experienced team of lobbyists in Maine. These varied skills, in addition to our working relationships with State and national political leaders and regulatory decision makers give us the undisputed edge in our representation of clients in the process of competing for government contracts.

Firm Highlights

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorney Martha L. Fox to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorney Martha L. Fox has joined the firm as a member of our Business Law and Taxation practice groups, serving clients from the Portland office. Martha is...

Publication

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...