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

Press Coverage

Maine State Police May Be Spying on You

Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

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Attorney Betsy E. Wakefield Joins Preti Flaherty’s Business Law Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Betsy E. Wakefield has joined the firm. Betsy will practice with the Business Law Group from the firm’s Portland office, where she will be counseling banking and...

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2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

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DOL Provides Guidance on Exemption from Paid Leave for Small Businesses

The FFCRA requires certain employers to provide paid sick leave and expanded FMLA benefits due to COVID-19 but provides that businesses with fewer than 50 employees may be exempt if the obligation would jeopardize...

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Preti Flaherty Announces its COVID-19 Financial Relief Evaluation and Selection Tool

This Analysis of COVID-19 Financial Advice is effective as of 5PM on Friday, April 3, 2020.  THE INFORMATION SET FORTH BELOW IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE as Treasury Guidelines and other authorities emerge from the...

Press Coverage

Maine - Waterville Coronavirus Panel Illegally Met in Secret

A Waterville City Council coronavirus subcommittee formed in response to the outbreak has been accused of illegally meeting in secret, denying public access to its deliberations, and making unlawful decisions. Extended Coverage: Virus Concerns Lead to 'Public' Meetings Without...

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Preti Flaherty Attorney Tim Bryant Selected by Franchise Times as “Legal Eagle”

For the twelfth year in a row, Preti Flaherty attorney Tim Bryant has been recognized as a Franchise Times magazine “Legal Eagle.” Nominated by their peers, franchise attorneys chosen for this honor are considered among...

Press Coverage

6th Circ. Says Auto Parts Co. Can't Arbitrate Price-Fixing Suit

On February 24, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Michigan district court's January 2019 decision that KYB Corp. can't force a suit accusing it of conspiring with other auto parts...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys: James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian. James joins the Environmental Practice Group as a Director and will work from the...

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Essential Business? Essential Activity? Clarification Here.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 2nd, the Governor has ordered a statewide “stay at home” order further restricting Maine resident’s movement. Governor’s Executive Order No. 28 FY 19/20 dated March 31, 2020 (“Stay...