May 29, 2013

Preti Flaherty Earns Top Rankings by Chambers USA

Eighteen Preti Flaherty attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded legal directory of leading attorneys and law firms in the United States. Preti's Energy & Natural Resources Practice Group earned the highest possible ranking for the fourth year in a row.

Preti Flaherty also was recognized as a leading U.S. law firm with top rankings in six different practice areas, including Energy & Natural Resources, Litigation, Corporate/M&A, Real Estate Law, Environmental Law and Labor & Employment.

The recognition is significant as it is a result of independent research and interviews with clients and peers to impartially gauge performance and rank top attorneys and firms throughout the United States.

Clients of the firm say, "They have developed an expertise in terms of working between clients and government. They are very good at it." "This is a firm that provides really good value and expertise. They've done an excellent job." "They're able to handle whatever we throw at them."

Our attorneys are described as, "highly skilled," "expert in litigation and arbitration," "very efficient," and "…highly personable, responsive and has a great knowledge of Maine environmental law," among other reviews from sources.

Those selected for inclusion in the 2013 guide include:

Energy & Telecommunications
Anthony Buxton, Portland
Joseph G. Donahue, Gardiner
Donald J. Sipe, Windham

Litigation: General CommercialJonathan Piper, Falmouth
Greg Hansel, Cape Elizabeth
Sigmund Schutz, Falmouth
William Saturley, Concord, NH

Environment
David Van Slyke, Yarmouth
Sharon Newman, South Portland
Jeffrey Talbert, Portland

Litigation: Medical Malpractice & Insurance Defense
Christopher Nyhan, South Portland
Dan Rapaport, Cape Elizabeth

Labor & Employment
Michael Messerschmidt, Cape Elizabeth

Corporate M&A
Susan LoGiudice, Cape Elizabeth

Real Estate (Maine)
Michael Lane, Richmond

Corporate/Commercial Bankruptcy (New Hampshire)
John Sullivan, Concord, N.H.

Real Estate (New Hampshire)
Simon Leeming, Canterbury, N.H.

Each attorney was assessed on qualities including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by his or her clients. Chambers USA researchers based the rankings on more than 14,000 in-depth interviews with leading attorneys and in-house counsel.

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