Biography

Mike practices with the firm's Litigation and Health Law Groups and serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Recruitment Committee. A Maine native with broad national and international legal experience, Mike maintains a practice focused on commercial and antitrust litigation, criminal and internal corporate investigations, and regulatory issues affecting healthcare providers. Prior to joining the firm, Mike was a senior associate in the New York and Boston offices of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, an international law firm.

Mike's securities litigation experience includes defending an underwriting syndicate comprised of more than one dozen global financial institutions and regional investment banks against a class action brought under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933. He also has extensive experience in representing clients in connection with white collar and corporate compliance issues, particularly with respect to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related foreign statutes. He has assisted numerous companies in defending against DOJ and SEC investigations and conducting confidential internal investigations and risk assessments involving conduct in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Central and South America. Mike has represented financial institutions, a global airline, telecommunications companies, private equity firms, and individuals.

In 2010, Mike served for six months as a Special Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney's Office in Massachusetts, where he managed a caseload of over 200 criminal matters. During that time, he tried a variety of cases to juries and judges, including felony narcotics distribution, felony bank theft, and a domestic violence incident.

Mike is originally from Whitefield, Maine and now lives in the Portland area. In 2012, he and his wife completed a trip around the world, visiting countries in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.

Honors & Recognition

Listed as Super Lawyers "New England Rising Star"  2015 - 2019
Listed in Benchmark's "40 & Under Hot List" 2019

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Cumberland Bar Association, Vice President
  • Maine Development Foundation, Leadership Maine (Omega Class)
  • American Bar Association Antitrust Section, Member
  • Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, Participant 

Firm Highlights

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...