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-Present)
  • 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

Press Coverage

Maine - Mills Administration Held Secret Meetings on Pandemic with State Lawmakers

Officials in the administration of Governor Mills briefed large groups of Maine legislators privately and without public notice multiple times, in apparent violation of state law. Extended Coverage: Mills administration holds 8 briefings with...

Press Coverage

As More States Release COVID-19 Cases by Town, Maine Says It Could Take 6 Months

As more states continue to release information on the number and distribution of coronavirus cases, officials from Maine's public health agency claim that making tallies available to the public under the state's Freedom of...

Publication

Open Courts Compendium: First Circuit

Sigmund D. Schutz was invited by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to author the First Circuit chapter in the  Open Courts Compendium . The Open Courts Compendium  is a general guide to court access issues, with...

News

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

Eighteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

Press Coverage

Officer-involved Shootings Video - Maine Behind the Curve on Public Access to Information

More than three months after officers were involved in a fatal shooting of a Minot, Maine, resident, the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office and the Office of the Attorney General continue to deny requests to...