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

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Maine’s Exemption Laws Are Changing

In March of this year, Representative Denise Tepler (D. Topsham) introduced “An Act To Increase the Value of Property Exempt from Attachment and Execution,” LD 737, which sought to dramatically change Maine’s exemption scheme. ...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...

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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman Assist with Amicus Brief in Defense of Maine's Anti-SLAPP Law

Serving as counsel for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and 14 other news media organizations, Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund Schutz and Alexandra Harriman filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court a...

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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...

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The Latest from OSHA on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Work

On the tails of updated guidance from other agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") released new pandemic-related guidance last month. This guidance was issued on June 10, 2021...

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Escalation Clause: An escape from the price-spike trap

Anyone in real estate development would have to be living under a rock not to know about skyrocketing lumber and material prices in the “post”-pandemic world. Pre-pandemic, the average cost for 1,000 board feet...

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

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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How to Avoid Misclassifying Your Employees Under the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act

What criteria are necessary to classify someone as an independent contractor and how can employers avoid misclassification and the repercussions that come with it? In this article, Preti Flaherty attorney and Mainebiz guest columnist John...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys to our Boston, Massachusetts, office: Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes. Angelica joins the firm as an Associate in our Environmental Practice...