Biography

Kristy focuses her practice on assisting corporate clients with all aspects of their commercial transactions ranging from complex mergers and acquisitions, to commercial financing, to the day-to-day customer and vendor contracting work involved in operating any business. As corporate counsel, Kristy guides her clients in meeting their business objectives while understanding that risk-taking is often part of moving a business forward. Rather than viewing risks as roadblocks to her client’s business objectives, Kristy helps clients minimize risk when possible and otherwise understand, evaluate and weigh the risks presented against the potential for business growth. Her practical, common sense approach to advising clients sets her apart from other corporate attorneys and allows her to build long-lasting relationships with her clients, not just as their attorney but as a trusted advisor and team member.

Kristy represents a diverse group of clients, ranging from small locally-owned businesses to national and international corporate clients of all sizes. For many business clients, Kristy serves in a general counsel role, coordinating with subject matter specialists within Preti Flaherty and in other states and countries as needed.

The skills and strengths that Kristy uses to coordinate and lead a deal team on a complex M&A matter extend to her role as Co-Chair of Preti Flaherty’s Business Law Group. She and her co-chair are the firm’s first female practice group chair team. Together, they manage one of the firm’s largest and most diverse practice groups, nearly half of which is women.

Outside the firm, Kristy is actively involved in the Greater Portland community. She served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine from 2008-2016, and as its Board President from 2013-2015. She currently serves as the Vice President of Maternal Health Alliance of Maine, an organization committed to supporting women facing maternal challenges, including post-partum depression, through awareness, collaboration, education, and communication. Kristy lives in Scarborough with her husband and three young children where she has been a volunteer youth softball coach and serves as the president of her neighborhood homeowner’s association.

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Vice President, Maternal Health Alliance of Maine
  • Former Board Member and former President, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine
  • Former Board Member, Kennebunk Development Corporation
  • Former Committee Member, Mad Horse Theater, Jump Start Committee

Publications

  • Protective Claims for Refund: Protecting the Interests of Taxpayers and the IRS, 56 ME.L.REV. 149 (2004)
  • Co-author, Maine Corporate Law & Practice, Book Review 57 ME.L.REV. 665 (2005)