Representative Matters

Environmental

Laura’s environmental practice includes toxic torts litigation, CERCLA litigation, environmental damage and remediation claims, state environmental enforcement defense, litigation involving emerging contaminants, and citizen suit defense.  She has represented clients both locally and nationally in the environmental arena and has worked on the following representative cases:

  • Represented client in defense of RCRA citizen suit for injunctive relief associated with contamination of sediments in one of New England’s largest river systems and estuary.  This multi-phase litigation involved a month-long trial in federal district court in Maine, and testimony from twenty-two witnesses in various technical disciplines related to contaminated sediment such as fate and transport, stable isotope analysis, geochemistry of marsh areas, and remediation engineering. 
  • Represented client in CERCLA and toxic tort litigation involving the emerging contaminant PFAS and extensive groundwater contamination.
  • Oversaw and advised client regarding portfolio of contaminated sites across the country and participated in cooperating parties group allocation negotiations in connection with state-ordered remediation.
  • Represented client in toxic tort litigation involving copper exposure in drinking water and obtained favorable pre-trial settlement.
  • Advised client during implementation of state-ordered remediation plan and successfully petitioned state for a “contained-out” determination pursuant to EPA guidance.
  • Obtained favorable pre-suit resolution of case involving toxic tort claims associated with a home heating oil spill.
  • Provide yearly comprehensive summary to Maine client regarding statutory and regulatory environmental requirements applicable to their business operations.

Land Use and Permitting

  • Represented client in defense of town administrative action involving violations of shoreland zoning requirements.  This involved advising the client regarding the town’s administrative process and negotiating a consent agreement with town officials to obtain favorable resolution of the outstanding violations.
  • Represents clients before town administrative bodies in support of and in opposition to various permit applications or projects.
  • Represents clients before Maine’s Land Use and Planning Commission, including drafting permit application packages and retaining and interfacing with consultants.  This has involved interpreting Commission rules and regulations and crafting successful legal arguments to advance the client’s objectives in the face of NIMBY opposition.
  • Represent clients before town administrative bodies to obtain subdivision approval.

Litigation

  • Represented clients in achieving successful resolution of anti-terrorism case against large producer of bananas brought by family members of citizens kidnapped and killed by guerrillas in Colombia.  Lead role in facilitating production of discovery and preparing fact and expert witnesses for depositions and trial as well as taking and defending depositions.
  • Represented client in commercial dispute with contractor in case involving remediation in accordance a Nuclear Regulatory Commission-approved decommissioning plan in order to achieve license termination.  Negligence claims against the contractor involved escalating change orders and failure to complete the work within the projected timeline and budget and in accordance with the appropriate degree of skill.
  • Represents clients in connection with premise liability and other personal injury claims, including successful representation of those claims at trial, or obtaining pre-trial resolution through mediation if appropriate.
  • Represents clients in disputes arising out of property transactions.

Employment

Laura's employment practice is focused on advising employers and HR professionals regarding management of their work force.  In the face of allegations of misconduct, she has conducted internal investigations and made recommendations regarding discipline, training, or other remedial measures (if warranted).  She also represents clients in connection with Maine Human Rights Commission proceedings and in civil litigation in both state and federal court.  She is skilled at preparing cases for trial, representing clients at mediation, and negotiation settlement agreements (when appropriate). 

Laura understands the sensitive nature of workplace disputes and employs a thoughtful and pragmatic approach to assist clients in developing effective dispute avoidance and resolution strategies.

Firm Highlights

Publication

Litigation and Arbitration Venue Provisions in Construction Contracts: When and How They Work

Venue and choice-of-law provisions are fairly standard in construction contacts, but can be overlooked due to their location within a contract. When drafted effectively, these provisions can help limit uncertainty about where and how...

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WC Alert: Recent Developments from Maine's Workers' Compensation Board

Frank A. Graf, MD, Reappointed to Approved List of § 312 Examiners At the February 11 meeting of the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board, Frank Graf, MD, was reappointed to the list of approved § 312...

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...

Event

2020 Employment Breakfast Series: Strengthening Your Company's Management of Accommodation Requests

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

Press Coverage

Maine State Police May Be Spying on You

Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

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...

Event

2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

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...

Publication

The Potential of the Blockchain for Asset Protection Planning

While many legal scholars focus on the challenges and complications seemingly inherent to blockchain and cryptocurrency, others look past the fear and see potential. In this article for Cumberland Law Review , Ian Huyett and Brian Quirk...