Biography

Kristin practices with the Municipal Law and Finance Group from the firm’s Augusta office. She works with municipalities, landowners, developers, and citizens’ groups to find practical, efficient, and politically sensible approaches to issues touching on all areas of municipal law, including zoning, permitting, licensing, employment and labor, litigation, and finance. 

Starting her career as a staff attorney at Maine Municipal Association, Kristin developed the knowledge needed to answer a high volume of inquiries from hundreds of Maine municipalities per year. In private practice, she has worked with some of Maine’s largest service center communities and some of its smallest towns, advising managers, councils, selectmen, land use boards, planners, HR managers, and code officers. She also assists individuals and companies in navigating the many political and legal challenges they may face in seeking permits and approvals, and provides general counsel to independent schools on policy-writing, contracts, personnel matters, and state and federal mandates.

Kristin’s clients value the relationships she has built over her long municipal practice and her pragmatic approach to solving problems. She is a trusted ally to the municipal officials she serves, and has the respect of those before whom she appears. Kristin is a frequent, well-regarded presenter around the state, teaching seminars and workshops on municipal legal matters.

Kristin has practiced before many Maine courts and administrative agencies, and successfully argued several appeals before Maine's Law Court. She obtained her undergraduate degree in International Relations from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and earned her law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.

Professional Activities

  • Maine Bar Association

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project 

Publications/Presentations

  • Published reference manuals and informational materials on behalf of the Maine Municipal Association
  • Presented Legal Year in Review sessions on Municipal and Administrative Law
  • Presented annual training sessions for municipal officials
  • Presented workshops for municipal code enforcement officers, assessors, and other officials
  • Presented at Preti Flaherty's annual Employment Law Seminar

Firm Highlights

News

2021 Maine Diversity Summer Associate Program Expands to Include Additional Law Firms and Corporate Partners

Following a highly successful inaugural year, the three founding law firms of the Maine D1L Diversity Summer Associate program and the University of Maine School of Law welcome all of the new participating law...

Event

The Crisis of the She-cession and What Employers Can Do to Address It

Preti Flaherty is proud to partner with our friends at KMA Human Resources Consulting for their Lunch and Legal Conversations webinar series, moderated by Rhoda McVeigh, Director of Consulting Services at KMA. Each program...

Event

The Future of Work: Assessing the Long-Term Impacts of COVID in the Workplace

Preti Flaherty is proud to partner with our friends at KMA Human Resources Consulting for their Lunch and Legal Conversations webinar series, moderated by Rhoda McVeigh, Director of Consulting Services at KMA. Each program...

Publication

Governor Janet Mills Releases Maine Supplemental and Biennial Budgets

Governor Mills released both the Supplemental and the Biennial Budgets today. The Revenue Forecasting Committee has estimated a $650 million revenue shortfall in 2021 – 2023 combined. In his presentation to the Appropriations Committee...

Press Coverage

Should workers wary of COVID-19 vaccines be forced to take one for the team?

As COVID-19 vaccinations become more readily available, should employers be legally allowed to mandate vaccination for all employees? Maine employers are wrestling with the choice of whether or not to mandate employees be vaccinated...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Updates Guidance on COVID-19 Reporting and Related Requirements

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has updated its COVID-19 FAQ with current guidance and reporting requirements. Although the information offered is not legal advice and is not judicially enforceable, it is helpful direction in...

News

Preti Flaherty Partnership Announces Promotion of Moppin, Rideout, White to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named three new partners: Sara N. Moppin, Laura A. Rideout, and Emily T. White.  Each attorney stands out as a distinguished practitioner within...

Press Coverage

Maine blazes workplace trail with earned paid leave requirement

In March of 2019, Maine became the first state in the nation to adopt an earned paid leave law, meaning that for every 40 hours worked, an employee banks one hour of earned paid...

News

Attorney Bodie B. Colwell Elected IWIRC Management Committee Vice Director of Social Media

Preti Flaherty is proud to announce that attorney Bodie B. Colwell has been elected to the Management Committee of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), where, effective January 1, 2021, she will serve...

Publication

Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Revises Fee Schedule

The Maine Workers' Compensation Board has completed the annual update of its Medical Fee Schedule. Appendix II (professional fees) and Appendix IV (outpatient facility fees) have been updated in accordance with Title 39-A M.R.S.A...