January 1, 2022

Preti Flaherty Partnership Announces Promotion to Partner of Kristin Collins and John Cronan, III

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named two new partners: Kristin M. Collins and John J. Cronan, III. Both attorneys stand out as distinguished practitioners within their respective fields and each represents a diverse roster of clients on a wide range of matters. Their noteworthy contributions have significantly strengthened the firm’s regional, national, and international service footprint.

Kristin Collins is one of the principal attorneys in the firm’s Municipal Law & Finance Practice Group and co-chair of the Municipal Broadband Group. She has represented more than 30 municipalities and has prosecuted or defended over 50 cases involving municipalities before Maine’s District, Superior, and Supreme Judicial Courts. As a member of the firm’s Employment Law and Litigation Practice Groups, Kristin has extensive experience representing both public and private clients in matters before the Unemployment Commission, Human Rights Commission, and Workers Compensation Commission and in state and federal courts. She is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and Colgate University. Kristin practices from the firm’s Augusta office.

John Cronan, III, is a key member of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group and a trial lawyer in the Litigation Practice Group, frequently representing national insurance companies and group self-insurers before state courts, regulatory agencies, and mediators in regional, national, and international matters. John also provides comprehensive counsel to clients navigating insurance claim issues, unemployment appeals, and creditor’s rights disputes while maintaining a significant commercial and antitrust litigation practice. John has been repeatedly recognized by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star and by Best Lawyers as One to Watch. He is a graduate of the New England School of Law and Providence College. John practices from the firm’s Portland office.

Regarding these promotions, Managing Partner David Van Slyke noted that “Kristin and John are both excellent attorneys with great business sense.  They are an important part of the future of our law firm.”

Firm Highlights

Publication

What Do the Supreme Court's Vaccination Rulings Mean for Your Business?

Reflecting the deep rift in public opinion concerning the government’s role in dictating how businesses, health care entities and public sector employers ought to act to stem the spread of COVID-19, a divided U.S. Supreme...

Publication

Understanding the New COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers

Many Maine healthcare facilities were already in the process of evaluating, drafting, and implementing mandatory vaccine policies when the Maine Department of Heath and Human Services issued an Emergency Routine Technical Rule on the...

News

46 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2022, Including 3 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-six Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2022, including four “Ones to Watch” and three “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is considered a...

Publication

OSHA Issues Long-Awaited Vaccination Rule for Large Employers

After waiting with bated breath for nearly two (2) months, employers will finally have access to OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on November 5, 2021...

Publication

Beyond Maine’s Ban-the-Box Statute: Practical Employer Considerations

In five (5) days, Maine’s Fair Chance Employment Act goes into effect.  We originally summarized the objective and impact of that legislation in an alert posted on August 11, 2021 .  Now is the...

News

U.S. News – Best Lawyers Ranks Preti Flaherty Among 2022 Best Law Firms

Preti Flaherty has been named among the 2022 Best Law Firms by the U.S. News – Best Lawyers rankings. To be eligible for ranking, a law firm must have at least one attorney named...

Publication

Not So Fast: OSHA’s ETS in Limbo While Challenges Play Out

Over the weekend, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked the emergency mandatory vaccine and testing regulations published in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  As of November 9, 2021...

Publication

Employees Who Refuse to Comply with a Mandatory Vaccination Policy are Generally Ineligible to Receive Unemployment Benefits

Following a nationwide spike in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, an increasing number of Maine private businesses and colleges have joined the healthcare industry in requiring workers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Vaccine...

Publication

Health Coverage Incentives for Unvaccinated Employees

Employers wrestling with COVID-19 vaccination-reluctant employees have a lot on their plates. New federal mandates may require affirmative action but even without these new rules, the real problem is how to persuade your workers...

Publication

OSHA's ETS Moves One Step Closer to Reality in 2022

On Friday, December 17, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted another appellate court’s emergency stay order, reinstating the OSHA Vaccine and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for employers with 100 or more...