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 (2016-2021)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America as "One to Watch" for Labor and Employment Management Law and Labor and Employment Litigation in the Portland, Maine, region - 2021, 2022

Firm Highlights


Court Upholds Maine Employers' Discretion Not to Pay for Unused Vacation Time

In January, the First Circuit issued an opinion upholding a lower court's decision that rejected a former employee's attempt to get paid for unused vacation time following his resignation from employment.  See White v...


New Maine Law Limits Employers’ Ability to Request Applicant Criminal History Information

Last month Governor Mills signed into law LD 1167, “An Act Relating to Fair Chance in Employment.” Maine joins a growing number of states in adopting a “ban-the-box” law that restricts employers’ ability to...


Six Take-Aways from EEOC’s Updated COVID-19 Guidance

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") published guidance in December 2020 advising how EEO laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination...


46 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2022, Including 3 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-six Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2022, including four “Ones to Watch” and three “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is considered a...


Understanding the New COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers

Many Maine healthcare facilities were already in the process of evaluating, drafting, and implementing mandatory vaccine policies when the Maine Department of Heath and Human Services issued an Emergency Routine Technical Rule on the...


Nineteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2021 Super Lawyers

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


The Latest from OSHA on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Work

On the tails of updated guidance from other agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") released new pandemic-related guidance last month. This guidance was issued on June 10, 2021...