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

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...

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

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...

News

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...

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...

News

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

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...

Publication

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...

Publication

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...

Publication

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...