Biography

Steve practices with the Corporate and M&A and Employment practice groups from the firm’s Portland, Maine office in the areas of executive compensation, tax and business transactions. He represents individual C-suite executives and management teams, as well as employers and investors. His practice involves private equity and venture capital owned businesses as well as public companies and their executives. His practice also covers compensation, conflict of interest and exempt purpose issues confronting tax-exempt entities.  He has represented medical organizations, educational institutions and public foundations.

In addition to the negotiation of executive employment and incentive arrangements, Steve counsels executives and employers on many federal and state tax and securities compliance issues for both public and private companies. He also represents entrepreneurs and emerging businesses.

For twenty-five years, Steve managed a firm he founded in Portland, focusing on executive compensation and business transactions. Prior to that, he practiced in New York City. He served at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor from 1978 to 1980.

Steve received his undergraduate degree, with honors, from Middlebury College. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University where he was an editor of the Washington & Lee Law Review. He lives in Yarmouth, Maine.

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Board of the Portland Museum of Art
  • Board of the Maine Cancer Foundation
  • President of the Board of Trustees of North Yarmouth Academy, in Yarmouth, Maine

Firm Highlights

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Preti Attorneys File Suit Against Al-Generated Robocalls in the 2024 NH Presidential Primary

Representing the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire, the League of Women Voters of the United States, and individual voters, Preti Flaherty, with co-counsel, filed a federal lawsuit against Steve Kramer, Lingo Telecom...

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Maine Becomes Seventh State to Enact Uniform Public Expression Protection Act (UPEPA)

Maine is now the latest state to enact the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act (UPEPA)—following New Jersey, Oregon (substantially similar), Utah, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington. UPEPA aims to provide a clear framework for the...

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Maine Legislature (Again) Changes Process for Selling Tax-Acquired Properties (LD 2262)

On April 16, 2024, the Governor signed LD 2262, “An Act to Amend the Process for the Sale of Foreclosed Properties Due to Nonpayment of Taxes.”  In June 2023, in response to the United...

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Understanding the Impact of the FTC’s New Noncompete Ban on Your Construction Business

A few weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) attracted considerable media coverage when it issued its final rule banning noncompete agreements for workers in most circumstances and making existing noncompetes for the vast...

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Preti’s Sig Schutz Recognized as Member of NHPR’s Pulitzer-Finalist Team

Preti First Amendment attorney Sig Schutz has been recognized as “a core member of the [NHPR] team” involved in a podcast honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the audio journalism category.  The podcast...

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Veto Day and Final Day of the 131st Legislature

The Legislature convened on Friday, May 10 th for Veto Day to take action on the six bills objected to by the Governor. As expected, all six vetoes were sustained by lawmakers allowing  Governor...

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Greg Hansel Named Top 25 Attorney of the Northeast Region by Attorney Intel

Preti Flaherty attorney Greg Hansel has been named one of the Top 25 Attorneys of the Northeast Region for 2024 by Attorney Intel . This year’s class of attorneys has been recognized for excelling...

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Last days of 131st legislature

The Legislature will reconvene on Friday, May 10 th to take action on the six vetoes issued by the Governor since the Legislature adjourned on April 14 th . The vetoes and related messages...

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Maine Municipal Legislative Update

The second regular session of the 131st Maine Legislature has been particularly impactful for Maine’s municipalities, with further shrinking of home rule authority, new and onerous procedures for property tax sales, and many other...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2024 “Maine Firm of the Year"

Benchmark Litigation  has named Preti Flaherty as 2024 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. Through extensive peer- and- client reviewed research, as well as analysis of casework; the Benchmark Awards...