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

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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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NH Gov. Sununu Issues Stay-At-Home Order - Construction Considered Essential Industry

Yesterday, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu issued an emergency order shuttering all non-essential businesses in the state effective today. This morning, the governor's office released a list of...

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EPA Announces Temporary Relaxation of Certain Environmental Compliance and Monitoring Obligations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Citing potential worker shortages and social distancing and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday, March 26, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would exercise enforcement discretion and temporarily...

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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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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Announces New Nature and Cause of Injury Codes and FAQ for COVID-19

New Nature & Cause of Injury Codes The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has updated the Injury Description Tables that are used by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) to...

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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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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2020 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2020 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...

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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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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...