Biography

Matthew S. Warner is a partner in Preti Flaherty's Litigation, 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.

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 is a former adjunct professor at University of Maine School of Law.

A native of Holden, Maine, Matt is an avid backcountry skier, regularly participates in mountain bike endurance races, and serves as president of the Greater Portland Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association. 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
  • Law360 MVP of the Year in Cannabis, 2021

Firm Highlights

News

Preti Flaherty Files Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology

Preti Flaherty attorneys Greg Hansel, Shana Solomon, and Ellie Quinby filed a human trafficking and forced labor lawsuit against the Church of Scientology on behalf of three plaintiffs claiming decades of forced labor, intimidation, coercion...

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What Are My Options If My H-1B Registration Was Not Selected?

The H-1B nonimmigrant visa category allows employers to sponsor foreign nationals performing work in a “specialty occupation.” This typically requires an offer of employment in a job requiring at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree...

Press Coverage

Maine State Police Announces Restructuring After 3 Weeks of Declining to Share Details

On June 10, the Maine State Police announced plans to reorganize troop deployment and delegation of manpower in line with revised law enforcement priorities. The announcement follows several weeks of secretive posturing and a lack...

Press Coverage

Five Major Norwegian Salmon Companies Agree to $85 Million Settlement in Antitrust Case

Preti Flaherty announced today that a Miami federal Court has granted preliminary approval to an $85 million settlement agreement in an antitrust case involving alleged price fixing of farmed salmon sold in the United...

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Sixteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Sixteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

Press Coverage

Court Orders State Police to Reveal More Details About Misconduct by Troopers

Previously concealed records of trooper misconduct by the Maine State Police must be provided in response to public records requests by the press, according to a ruling by Judge William R. Anderson of Penobscot Superior...

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Racial Justice Fund Seeks Applications for Second Round of Grants

The Maine Justice Foundation is pleased to announce the second round of grants from the Racial Justice Fund. The Foundation will accept applications for grants of up to $10,000 from June 1-15, 2022. The...

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Changes Affecting Employment Authorization for L-2, E, and H-4 Dependent Spouses

On November 12, 2021, USCIS announced that L-2 and E dependent spouses are no longer required to apply for an EAD to work in the United States. Instead, L-2 and E dependent spouses are...

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How Does the Collapse of Roe v. Wade Impact Employer Health Plans?

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its prior decisions in  Roe v. Wade  and  Planned Parenthood v. Casey , which held that the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from banning abortion or...

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Primary Round-Up

Primary Round-Up As you are probably aware, primary elections in Maine took place on Tuesday, June 14, and there were a handful that could be significant to the general election outcome in November. Congressional...