Biography

With courtroom successes for public companies, regional businesses, insurers, and entrepreneurs, Sig is a trial lawyer with more than twenty years of hearings to his credit, including jury trials in state and federal court, multi-week complex arbitrations, and high-stakes administrative hearings. In 2016, Sig won a $13.6 million jury verdict in a complex business case. He has been counsel of record in many state and federal reported judicial decisions, including nearly thirty appeals.

Sig's environmental law practice includes toxic torts litigation, state and federal environmental enforcement defense, environmental damage and remediation claims, defense of natural resource damage claims, and land use litigation and appeals.

Active in securities disputes, Sig handles claims involving broker-dealers, securities fraud, and investment malpractice. He has participated as counsel in numerous Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations and in securities litigation in state and federal court.

In his media law practice, Sig represents the news media in First Amendment matters, defamation and privacy, state and federal freedom of information, newsgathering and cyber law. He has also served as counsel in copyright, trademark, and advertising matters.

Sig's experience also includes a range of complex state and federal litigation and appeals, including product liability claims, construction litigation, commercial litigation and arbitration, civil rights and constitutional litigation, professional liability disputes, and unfair trade practices and administrative claims.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel Section

Honors & Recognition

  • AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Listed in Commercial Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation - First Amendment Law, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - Securities, Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation
    • 2019 Lawyer of the Year, Appellate Practice (Portland, ME)
  • New England Super Lawyers, Listed
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star
  • Maine Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Board of Directors, Portland Ovations (2008 - Present); Board Chair (2017-2020)
  • Board of Directors, New England First Amendment Coalition (2008-Present)
  • Clerk and Board of Directors, Maine Freedom of Information Coalition (2003-Present)
  • Clerk and Member, Environmental Technology Council of Maine (2006 - Present)
  • Board of Trustees, North Yarmouth Academy (2018-Present)
  • Former Board Chair, American Red Cross of Southern Maine (2004-2006)

Firm Highlights

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...

Press Coverage

In Reversal, Maine CDC Will Allow "Advocacy Journalists" into Next COVID-19 Briefing

Following an announcement by Gov. Janet Mills, representatives from the Maine People's Alliance and the Maine Policy Institute will be allowed to attend and participate in the weekly livestream COVID-19 briefings presented by the Maine Center for Disease...

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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman Assist with Amicus Brief in Defense of Maine's Anti-SLAPP Law

Serving as counsel for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and 14 other news media organizations, Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund Schutz and Alexandra Harriman filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court a...

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Fifteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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Nineteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2021 Super Lawyers

Nineteen Preti Flaherty attorneys have been selected for recognition by Super Lawyers , including eleven Rising Stars. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers throughout the United States in more than 70 practice areas. Only five...

Press Coverage

The Maine Monitor Sues York County for Jail Call Records

On August 2, The Maine Monitor filed a lawsuit against York County, challenging the County's denial of reporter access to public records that may detail times it has recorded confidential conversations between defendants being held at the...