June 24, 2020

ACTIONS. NOW. FOR CHANGE.

Our country and our communities are suffering and in turmoil due to the racial injustices that have occurred for centuries and are still happening all around us today. It is difficult to comprehend and utterly disheartening to see.

Since we opened our doors, Preti Flaherty has been a firm of spirit and resolve. We stand up for what we believe in. Two principles that have guided us from the beginning–—unity and inclusivity. At this critical time, we want to reinforce these values and express our deep commitment to fairness, equity, and human dignity.

To be clear: Black lives matter. To our Black neighbors, partners, colleagues, clients, and friends, we see you and we hear you. As a firm, we have our eyes wide open and our hearts willing to learn. We stand with our New England communities—along with people across the country—in our commitment to looking internally and externally to identify, call out, and dismantle the forces and structures that drive and maintain racial inequity. This is not a time for silent thoughts. Nor is it a time for mere aspirational words. It is a time for action.

In that spirit of togetherness and action, Preti Flaherty is partnering with organizations in New England that actively promote racial justice, fight discrimination, and foster equal opportunity. We are committing significant pro bono hours and $10,000 each to Lawyers for Civil Rights in Boston, MA, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland/Lewiston, ME, and the racial justice work of ACLU-NH. It is an honor and our profound responsibility to stand with groups such as these to help push for meaningful and necessary change.

Our commitment is to uphold and promote the principles of unity and inclusiveness that have guided and defined us. We will continue to add our voice and pursue action as we work with our communities to denounce injustice, eliminate systemic racism, and foster inclusivity.

David Van Slyke
Managing Partner

Firm Highlights

Publication

Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Decision Involving Gradual Injury That First Manifested at Home, Not at Work

In Thomas v. United Ambulance , United Ambulance appealed a Decision (Goodnough, ALJ) granting Thomas’s Petition for Award and granting in part his Petition for Payment. United Ambulance argued that the ALJ erred in...

Press Coverage

Maine Newspapers Challenge Rule Concealing Electronic Court Records

A Maine court committee in December established a 90-day blackout period rule on public access to newly filed electronic court records, a move which has been challenged by Maine's newspapers as a violation of the First Amendment. Paper...

Press Coverage

Sabattus Family's Bat Woes Prompt Bill To Force Real Estate Pest Disclosure

Event

From Augusta: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

On March 13, 2020, Maine Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker of the House Sara Gideon issued a joint statement to the 129th Maine Legislature signifying their intention to suspend the remainder of the...

Publication

Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Statute of Limitations in Coordination of Benefits

Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision in Charest v. Hydraulic Hose Dealing with Unique Statute of Limitations Issue in the Context of the Coordination of Benefits On March 30, 2021, the Law Court issued a...

News

Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

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Changing Control in the Time of COVID: Navigating ‘Change of Ownership’ Prior to PPP Loan Satisfaction.

The Hypothetical Everyone loves a hypothetical, right? So let’s begin with one about Billy Builder: Billy Builder holds 55% of the equity in a construction business he founded way back when the fax machine...

Event

From Concord: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all legislative activities in the state of New Hampshire, with a couple of exceptions, will be handled remotely. Several employment-related bills will be considered and voted on during this...

Event

Never Say Goodbye: Employee Performance Reviews, Terminations, and Alternatives

Laura Rideout and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, VP of Operations at Chalmers Insurance Group will present on employee performance reviews, terminations, and alternatives as a part of the Institute for Family Owned Business Legal Lunch...

News

Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...