Biography

Laura is a member of the firm’s Employment Law and Litigation practice groups. Recognized as a “Rising Star” in her field of practice, Laura implements a thoughtful yet aggressive approach to her work, helping clients find unique ways to resolve legal issues to best fit their needs. 

As a member of the firm’s Employment Law team, she regularly advises employers on a wide range of issues, including anti-discrimination laws, FMLA, FLSA, ADA compliance, as well as other laws that impact her clients across industries. Laura often assists clients in drafting employee handbooks and policies, conducting anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training, investigating pre-litigation employment-related claims, and advising on a variety of issues ranging from sensitive personnel decisions to other compliance-related matters.

A seasoned litigator, Laura regularly represents clients in claims before administrative bodies and in state and federal court in each of the jurisdictions where she is admitted to practice. She has significant experience defending clients in cases involving allegations of wage-and-hour violations, whistleblowing, discrimination, and sexual harassment. 

Laura’s extensive litigation experience extends beyond her employment-related focus. She also represents clients in a wide range of other matters, including real estate litigation, commercial disputes, and non-employment disability discrimination claims. She is skilled at preparing cases for trial but is also experienced in representing clients at mediation and negotiating settlement agreements as appropriate.

Laura is a member of Preti Flaherty’s Recruitment and Professional Development Committees. A Maine native, Laura resides in the Portland area with her husband and two sons. 

Professional Activities

  • Maine State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Human Resources Association of Southern Maine

Honors & Recognition

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2016-2020)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America as "One to Watch" in 2021 for Labor and Employment Management Law and Labor and Employment Litigation in the Portland, Maine, region

Firm Highlights

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...

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...

News

48 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2021, Including 4 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-eight Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2021, including four recognized on the inaugural “Ones to Watch” list for attorneys earlier in their careers and four “Lawyer of the...

News

Twenty-Three Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2020 Super Lawyers

Twenty-three Preti Flaherty attorneys have been selected for recognition by Super Lawyers , including thirteen Rising Stars. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers throughout the United States in more than 70 practice areas. Only five...

Publication

How to comply with Maine’s new paid leave law

Fittingly, “Vacation Land” is among a small contingent of states that have a paid leave law on the books.  Maine, however, is somewhat unique in that the paid leave afforded under the new law...

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

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...