Preti Flaherty has the largest media practice in northern New England, representing leading media trade associations, publishers and broadcasters throughout the region and nation. We are known for our vigorously proactive First Amendment practice, and work in partnership with our clients to strengthen their power to gather and disseminate information. We have had great success effecting changes in the laws and defending against legislation adverse to the media, including enacting Maine’s first journalist’s shield laws. Our media attorneys have secured favorable verdicts for top news networks and publications including Forbes, WGME-TV and the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, as well as major corporations like Walmart and others. Preti Flaherty’s attorneys are experienced in all areas of media law including:

  • First Amendment matters
  • Freedom of information claims
  • Prepublication review
  • Libel and privacy advice
  • Protection of newsgathering and editorial processes
  • Litigation

Leaders in the field

We are members of the counsel section of the Media Law Resource Center and authors of the Maine chapter in its widely used 50 State Survey of Media Libel Law in the United States. We also author the Maine chapter in several publications by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Preti Flaherty’s media attorneys are also members of the Online Media Legal Network, an initiative of the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Our team includes board members of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition and the New England First Amendment Coalition, and volunteers with the Student Press Law Center’s pro bono attorney network.