Biography

Matthew S. Warner is a partner in Preti Flaherty's Litigation, Data Security, Government Affairs, and Cannabis Business groups, practicing from the firm's Portland office.

Matt has a wide-ranging practice, which includes commercial litigation, land use planning, and administrative law. He is an experienced trial lawyer, with success in both state and federal court, as well as before numerous state agencies and boards. He is counsel to a number of Maine-based businesses, advising companies on an extensive array of matters, including entities in the cannabis industry on regulatory, compliance, and licensing issues. Matt also helps clients navigate the political process in Augusta.

Prior to joining Preti Flaherty in 2013, Matt worked in government and public affairs. A former speechwriter and grassroots advocate for more than a decade, Matt worked at the White House and the U.S. Department of State, and served as a speechwriter for the U.S. Ambassador to NATO in Brussels.

Matt has a B.A. from Boston University, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he specialized in international law, and was an adjunct professor at University of Maine School of Law. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust and the Southern Maine Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association.

A native of Holden, Maine, Matt regularly participates in mountain bike and cross-country ski marathons, and has competed in the Tuckerman’s Inferno Pentathlon as a solo finisher. Matt lives in Cumberland with his wife and two sons.

Professional Activities

  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Maine School of Law
  • Board of Directors, New England Mountain Bike Association - Southern Maine Chapter

Honors & Recognition

  • Recognized as a Super Lawyers New England Rising Star in the area of general litigation

Firm Highlights

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys: James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian. James joins the Environmental Practice Group as a Director and will work from the...

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Preti Flaherty Announces its COVID-19 Financial Relief Evaluation and Selection Tool

This Analysis of COVID-19 Financial Advice is effective as of 5PM on Friday, April 3, 2020.  THE INFORMATION SET FORTH BELOW IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE as Treasury Guidelines and other authorities emerge from the...

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Attorney Betsy E. Wakefield Joins Preti Flaherty’s Business Law Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Betsy E. Wakefield has joined the firm. Betsy will practice with the Business Law Group from the firm’s Portland office, where she will be counseling banking and...

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Construction Alert: Gov. Baker Clarifies Massachusetts Construction Requirements and Possible Future Impacts for New Hampshire

The state of construction in Massachusetts continues to evolve as Governor Baker issued another order yesterday tightening  the list of types of construction that are allowed to proceed  as "essential services." Under the new...

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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...

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Preti Flaherty Attorney Tim Bryant Selected by Franchise Times as “Legal Eagle”

For the twelfth year in a row, Preti Flaherty attorney Tim Bryant has been recognized as a Franchise Times magazine “Legal Eagle.” Nominated by their peers, franchise attorneys chosen for this honor are considered among...

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Essential Business? Essential Activity? Clarification Here.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 2nd, the Governor has ordered a statewide “stay at home” order further restricting Maine resident’s movement. Governor’s Executive Order No. 28 FY 19/20 dated March 31, 2020 (“Stay...

Press Coverage

Maine - Waterville Coronavirus Panel Illegally Met in Secret

A Waterville City Council coronavirus subcommittee formed in response to the outbreak has been accused of illegally meeting in secret, denying public access to its deliberations, and making unlawful decisions. Extended Coverage: Virus Concerns Lead to 'Public' Meetings Without...

Press Coverage

6th Circ. Says Auto Parts Co. Can't Arbitrate Price-Fixing Suit

On February 24, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Michigan district court's January 2019 decision that KYB Corp. can't force a suit accusing it of conspiring with other auto parts...

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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...