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

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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...

News

Racial Justice Fund Seeks Applications for Inaugural Round of Grants

The Maine Justice Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural grant cycle for its Racial Justice Fund. The Foundation will accept applications for grants of up to $10,000 until the deadline on Wednesday, March...

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...

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Answering Employer COVID-19 Vaccination Questions

As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available, employers are faced with big questions. Can we mandate vaccines for employees ? How do we manage a return to work ? Preti Flaherty's Peter Callaghan breaks...

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Understanding and Navigating the She-cession

New employment data shows that women are 1.8 times more likely to have left or lost their job due to COVID-19. Between remote schooling, daycare closures, and lost support systems, women have been forced...

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The Role of the Additional Insured

Insurance is an important and effective tool for reducing and allocating risks. However, insurance terms can be confusing which may lead to a misunderstanding of a policy's protections, particularly when dealing with "named insureds,"...

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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...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Updates from the WCB February Monthly Business Meeting

The WCB met remotely on February 9, 2021, for its monthly business meeting. Following are some developments with respect to an appeal accepted by the Maine Supreme Court and claims related to Covid-19. COVID-Coded...

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...

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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...