Representative Matters

  • Advised a private equity firm on energy market and regulatory structure reforms during the potential acquisition and re-development of several large power plants in the Northeast.
  • Guided ski resorts through RFP processes to obtain grants from the Efficiency Maine Trust for the development of efficiency projects that reduce electricity use and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Obtained renewable power certifications at proceedings before the Maine PUC under the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard.
  • Successfully combined legal, political and media strategies to defeat a proposed utility rate design, including a standby charge, that would have harmed a coalition of industrial, commercial, and residential electricity consumers that also produce electricity using renewable and efficient energy sources.
  • Lobbied for the landmark 2013 Omnibus Energy Bill provided testimony to the Maine Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee on technical issues related to life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with natural gas.
  • Advised a joint venture of two private equity firms on the acquisition of a pulp, paper, and lumber mill, including due diligence regarding environmental and energy permitting and compliance and negotiation and drafting of the purchase and sale agreement.
  • Defended developers, who intended to rehabilitate a historic small dam and mill property and generate electricity using micro hydro, from the imposition of a water level by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection which would have threatened the dam and mill.
  • Participated in the successful appeal of a PUC decision to the Maine Law Court, preventing the virtual "re-integration" of utilities with generation in Maine.
  • Assisted in the representation of an offshore wind project in obtaining a long-term contract before the Maine PUC and in the related application for funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Assisted various clients with compliance requirements of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission related to obtaining Market Based Rate Authorization and making wholesale sales of power.
  • Performed extensive due diligence in the acquisition of thousands of megawatts of hydropower in the Northeast related to FERC hydropower licensing.

Firm Highlights


Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Andrew I. Roth-Wells has joined the firm as a Government Relations Liaison. Andrew will help manage legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for the firm’s Government Affairs Team...


Ken Rubinstein to Present at Boston Bar Association Brown Bag Lunch

2019 AIA A133 CM at Risk with a Guaranteed Maximum Price – Updates You Should Be Aware Of Ken Rubinstein will present an update on the provisions and implications of the new AIA form...


Bankruptcy Alert: Significant Implications of the New Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019

Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) On August 23, 2019, President Trump signed the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) (the “SBRA”) into law.  Lenders should be aware of the...


Maine WC Alert: MAE Unit Publishes Guidance on Compliance with Recent Amendments

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board’s Monitoring, Audit & Enforcement Unit has issued a document to provide guidance on complying with certain recent amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act in P.L. 2019, c. 344 (LD...


Maine WC Alert: Updated Version of Notice of Controversy (WCB-9) Must Be Used Effective February 1, 2020

Following the recent statutory changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has updated the language in Box 22 of the Notice of Controversy. This new version should be used as...

Press Coverage

Bangor superintendent blocked BDN reporter on Twitter after critical news coverage

In an apparent violation of the First Amendment, Bangor schools superintendent Betsy Webb temporarily blocked a journalist on Twitter following a report that news of a student suicide was announced over the loudspeaker at...


Tony Manhart and Jason Howe Present Top Ten Construction Contract Tips for ABC of Maine

As part of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Maine Contractor Series, Preti Flaherty attorneys Tony Manhart and Jason Howe will present the Top Ten tips for AIA contracts. ABC is a national association with 72...


Maine WC Appellate Division Addresses Refusal of Suitable Work and Notice

The Maine Workers' Compensation Appellate Division recently addressed cases dealing with refusal of suitable work and notice. Both decisions rely heavily on the specific facts of each case. In the context of a refusal...


Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named attorney Benjamin S. Piper as a partner. Ben is a member of the firm's Environmental, Litigation, and Media Law Practice Groups and works...


David B. Van Slyke Named Preti Flaherty Managing Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that, in a unanimous vote, the firm’s partnership has elected attorney David B. Van Slyke as its incoming Managing Partner. David is one of the preeminent environmental lawyers...