Biography

Laura is an attorney practicing from Preti Flaherty’s Portland, Maine office.  She prides herself on implementing a thoughtful yet aggressive approach to find unique ways to resolve legal issues for her clients across industries.  Laura’s work is litigation-oriented, and she practices with the firm’s litigation and employment practice groups. 

Laura has a broad experience-base, including representing clients in commercial disputes, defending employers in claims brought by employees, and representing clients in environmental litigation or enforcement actions.  She is skilled at preparing expert and fact witnesses for deposition and trial, taking and defending depositions, conducting witness interviews, performing legal research and writing, and developing case strategy.  In addition to her trial-oriented skill set, Laura is experienced at representing clients in mediation and negotiating settlement agreements on their behalf.  She provides counsel to clients in state and federal litigation, and in administrative proceedings and advises clients in connection with a wide range of federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements. 

Laura is a member of Preti Flaherty’s Recruitment Committee and Professional Development Committee. 

A Maine native, Laura resides in the Portland area with her husband, Seth, and two young sons.

Professional Activities

  • Maine State Bar Association
    • Environmental and Energy Section Vice Chair
  • American Bar Association
  • Human Resources Association of Southern Maine
  • Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech)
  • Maine Real Estate Development Association

Honors & Recognition

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star in Environmental Law (2016-2018)

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Portland Museum of Art Contemporaries, Member

Firm Highlights

Publication

Maine WC Appellate Division Addresses Refusal of Suitable Work and Notice

The Maine Workers' Compensation Appellate Division recently addressed cases dealing with refusal of suitable work and notice. Both decisions rely heavily on the specific facts of each case. In the context of a refusal...

Publication

Bankruptcy Alert: Significant Implications of the New Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019

Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) On August 23, 2019, President Trump signed the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) (the “SBRA”) into law.  Lenders should be aware of the...

Press Coverage

Bangor superintendent blocked BDN reporter on Twitter after critical news coverage

In an apparent violation of the First Amendment, Bangor schools superintendent Betsy Webb temporarily blocked a journalist on Twitter following a report that news of a student suicide was announced over the loudspeaker at...

News

Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named attorney Benjamin S. Piper as a partner. Ben is a member of the firm's Environmental, Litigation, and Media Law Practice Groups and works...

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Andrew I. Roth-Wells has joined the firm as a Government Relations Liaison. Andrew will help manage legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for the firm’s Government Affairs Team...

Event

Ken Rubinstein to Present at Boston Bar Association Brown Bag Lunch

2019 AIA A133 CM at Risk with a Guaranteed Maximum Price – Updates You Should Be Aware Of Ken Rubinstein will present an update on the provisions and implications of the new AIA form...

Event

Tony Manhart and Jason Howe Present Top Ten Construction Contract Tips for ABC of Maine

As part of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Maine Contractor Series, Preti Flaherty attorneys Tony Manhart and Jason Howe will present the Top Ten tips for AIA contracts. ABC is a national association with 72...

Publication

Maine WC Alert: Updated Version of Notice of Controversy (WCB-9) Must Be Used Effective February 1, 2020

Following the recent statutory changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has updated the language in Box 22 of the Notice of Controversy. This new version should be used as...

Publication

Maine WC Alert: MAE Unit Publishes Guidance on Compliance with Recent Amendments

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board’s Monitoring, Audit & Enforcement Unit has issued a document to provide guidance on complying with certain recent amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act in P.L. 2019, c. 344 (LD...

News

David B. Van Slyke Named Preti Flaherty Managing Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that, in a unanimous vote, the firm’s partnership has elected attorney David B. Van Slyke as its incoming Managing Partner. David is one of the preeminent environmental lawyers...