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; and Timothy Bryant, who has counseled clients with projects in Russia, Argentina and Dubai.

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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Changes Affecting Employment Authorization for L-2, E, and H-4 Dependent Spouses

On November 12, 2021, USCIS announced that L-2 and E dependent spouses are no longer required to apply for an EAD to work in the United States. Instead, L-2 and E dependent spouses are...

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How Does the Collapse of Roe v. Wade Impact Employer Health Plans?

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its prior decisions in  Roe v. Wade  and  Planned Parenthood v. Casey , which held that the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from banning abortion or...

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Primary Round-Up

Primary Round-Up As you are probably aware, primary elections in Maine took place on Tuesday, June 14, and there were a handful that could be significant to the general election outcome in November. Congressional...

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Maine State Police Announces Restructuring After 3 Weeks of Declining to Share Details

On June 10, the Maine State Police announced plans to reorganize troop deployment and delegation of manpower in line with revised law enforcement priorities. The announcement follows several weeks of secretive posturing and a lack...

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Sixteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Sixteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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Five Major Norwegian Salmon Companies Agree to $85 Million Settlement in Antitrust Case

Preti Flaherty announced today that a Miami federal Court has granted preliminary approval to an $85 million settlement agreement in an antitrust case involving alleged price fixing of farmed salmon sold in the United...

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Preti Flaherty Files Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology

Preti Flaherty attorneys Greg Hansel, Shana Solomon, and Ellie Quinby filed a human trafficking and forced labor lawsuit against the Church of Scientology on behalf of three plaintiffs claiming decades of forced labor, intimidation, coercion...

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Court Orders State Police to Reveal More Details About Misconduct by Troopers

Previously concealed records of trooper misconduct by the Maine State Police must be provided in response to public records requests by the press, according to a ruling by Judge William R. Anderson of Penobscot Superior...

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Racial Justice Fund Seeks Applications for Second Round of Grants

The Maine Justice Foundation is pleased to announce the second round of grants from the Racial Justice Fund. The Foundation will accept applications for grants of up to $10,000 from June 1-15, 2022. The...

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What Are My Options If My H-1B Registration Was Not Selected?

The H-1B nonimmigrant visa category allows employers to sponsor foreign nationals performing work in a “specialty occupation.” This typically requires an offer of employment in a job requiring at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree...