Representative Matters

  • Development of Broadcast Towers - Preti Flaherty represented the developer of two 1,000+-foot broadcast towers in Florida, including all aspects of real estate acquisition, construction, electronics procurement and long-term leasing and also handled negotiation and documentation of the subsequent disposition of the properties.
  • Leasing Experience - Preti Flaherty has handled office leasing, facility leasing and construction contracting for major defense contractors in Maine, Connecticut, the District of Columbia and Alabama.
  • Franklin Memorial Hospital - Preti Flaherty worked with Franklin Memorial Hospital to secure needed approvals to permit transfer of $16 million in investment funds from the hospital to its parent, the Franklin Community Health Network, a national award winner for its community health programs.   Approvals were secured from the Maine Attorney General and a Franklin County Superior Court Justice. This change will provide the Hospital and its parent with greater flexibility to fulfill community needs.
  • Harper's Development / SCI Sanmina Building - Preti Flaherty represented Harper's Development in the acquisition of, and debt and equity financing, for the SCI Sanmina building in Augusta, one of the largest manufacturing buildings in central Maine. The transaction effectively transforms a defunct manufacturing facility into an office park that will house a 300-employee call center and numerous government offices.
  • Hotel and Residential Condominium Project - Preti Flaherty represented a developer in a combined hotel and residential condominium project. We handled the purchase and sale agreement for the acquisition of the property, as well as a conditional rezoning. We represented the client before the city planning board and city council and secured a site plan and subdivision approval. We also assisted the client with a Voluntary Response Action Plan (VRAP), protecting the client from any future environmental liability claims.
  • Katahdin Forest Management, LLC - We represented Brascan Corporation's affiliate, Katahdin Forest Management LLC, as borrower in one of the first transactions in the country to use the New Market Tax Credit – a financing program designed to stimulate economic growth in targeted lower-income communities. Our attorneys assisted Katahdin's finance and woodland management officials in negotiating the legal documents that were integral to refinancing a mortgage on Katahdin's timberlands held by the Nature Conservancy and achieving favorable mortgage rates through the credit mechanism. Preti Flaherty also worked with Katahdin's woodland management officials in renegotiating a related conservation easement with the Nature Conservancy. The arrangement successfully married the interests of business, community and conservation.
  • New Page - Our Real Estate Group represented New Page, the owner in the sale of the hydroelectric assets of the Rumford Falls Power Co. in Rumford, Maine, an affiliate of Brookfield, formerly known as Brascan, at a purchase price in excess of $100 million. The electrical generating facility and adjacent paper mill had been operated as an integrated operation, requiring intricate real estate structuring, including shared water rights and cross-easements. The matter also involved complex contractual arrangements for the sharing of key infrastructure components during a post-sale transition period.
  • First Park - To attract businesses to central Maine, we coordinated 24 municipalities who joined together to build a state-of-the-art office park. FirstPark, Northern New England's first "Smart Park," is a technologically exceptional facility and a growing hub for business operations. From acquisitions and protective covenants to easements and land use issues, we coordinated and finalized the 285-acre deal.
  • Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Work - By utilizing low-income housing tax credits, we have successfully completed projects for clients such as Leach Home Partners Ltd., CHOM Housing Ltd. Partnership, 7 Coliseum Avenue Association, L.P., Portsmouth Senior Housing Association, and many more.

Firm Highlights


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...

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...