Preti Flaherty’s International Law group crosses national borders with extensive knowledge of international politics, business and law. Our group has been at the forefront of many significant matters, including international clients applying for U.S. Trademark registration, U.S. purchasers seeking contracts overseas, international trade agreements, and industry deregulations that open markets up to national and international competition. We represent foreign clients with business in the U.S. as well as domestic clients with business in countries spanning the globe. All our clients benefit from the skill and resources our team brings from across the practice areas of business, tax, energy, intellectual property, litigation, and legislation. We provide counsel on a range of international commerce matters including:

  • Cross-border commercial transactions
  • Energy projects
  • Strategic alliances
  • Joint ventures
  • Franchising
  • Litigation
  • Import and export issues
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Development of new markets

A world-renowned team

Our team of internationally-respected attorneys is led by Harold C. Pachios, Chairman of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, and Severin M. Beliveau, Honorary Consul of France for Maine and President of the Forum Francophone des Affaires. Other reputable members of Preti Flaherty’s team include Jonathan Piper, former Chair of the Litigation Group, who has had considerable success in conducting international arbitration or litigation for clients from Ireland, Chile and England; Gregory P. Hansel, who has over two decades of experience representing domestic and overseas business clients in global litigation with an emphasis on antitrust and competition law, international arbitration, securities and international trade; Simon Leeming, who’s a native of New Zealand and serves as New Zealand’s Honorary Consul to the six New England states; Susan LoGiudice, who has assisted clients with international mergers and acquisitions (inbound and outbound), outsourcing of product manufactured in foreign countries, international distribution and sales agreements, overseas sales of product from U.S. manufacturers (including overseas installations), international purchasing, and advising clients seeking to establish a U.S. affiliate to provide domestic professional services; Timothy Bryant, who has counseled clients with projects in Russia, Argentina and Dubai; and Thomas P. Pinansky, who practices with Preti Flaherty of counsel and is the senior foreign attorney with the law firm Barun Law in Seoul, Korea.

Our International Law Practice has been recognized by Northeast Export Magazine as one of the largest in New England, and we are active members of Terralex, a global network of independent law firms with members in more than 100 countries.

Firm Highlights

News

Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

Publication

Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Statute of Limitations in Coordination of Benefits

Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision in Charest v. Hydraulic Hose Dealing with Unique Statute of Limitations Issue in the Context of the Coordination of Benefits On March 30, 2021, the Law Court issued a...

Publication

Changing Control in the Time of COVID: Navigating ‘Change of Ownership’ Prior to PPP Loan Satisfaction.

The Hypothetical Everyone loves a hypothetical, right? So let’s begin with one about Billy Builder: Billy Builder holds 55% of the equity in a construction business he founded way back when the fax machine...

News

Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

Event

From Concord: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all legislative activities in the state of New Hampshire, with a couple of exceptions, will be handled remotely. Several employment-related bills will be considered and voted on during this...

Publication

Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Decision Involving Gradual Injury That First Manifested at Home, Not at Work

In Thomas v. United Ambulance , United Ambulance appealed a Decision (Goodnough, ALJ) granting Thomas’s Petition for Award and granting in part his Petition for Payment. United Ambulance argued that the ALJ erred in...

Press Coverage

Maine Newspapers Challenge Rule Concealing Electronic Court Records

A Maine court committee in December established a 90-day blackout period rule on public access to newly filed electronic court records, a move which has been challenged by Maine's newspapers as a violation of the First Amendment. Paper...

Event

Never Say Goodbye: Employee Performance Reviews, Terminations, and Alternatives

Laura Rideout and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, VP of Operations at Chalmers Insurance Group will present on employee performance reviews, terminations, and alternatives as a part of the Institute for Family Owned Business Legal Lunch...

Event

From Augusta: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

On March 13, 2020, Maine Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker of the House Sara Gideon issued a joint statement to the 129th Maine Legislature signifying their intention to suspend the remainder of the...

Press Coverage

Sabattus Family's Bat Woes Prompt Bill To Force Real Estate Pest Disclosure