Biography

Steve is Chair of the firm's Municipal Law and Finance Group and a senior partner in the Employment Law and Litigation practice groups. During his more than 30 years as an attorney in Preti Flaherty's Augusta office, Steve has evolved from being an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer (more than 25 jury trials as lead counsel and over 50 Law Court arguments) to being one of the preeminent municipal attorneys in the state of Maine and a highly experienced employment law attorney.

For more than 25 years, Steve has assisted cities and towns with the full range of legal matters as general counsel. His clients include the capital city, Augusta, the state's most populous town, Brunswick, and the state's fastest growing town, Windham. In addition to counseling leaders of these large and complex communities, he also has extensive experience as general counsel to industrial "mill towns" and rural, tourist-centered municipalities (such as Rangeley). His municipal work covers the full gamut from attending council and selectmen's meetings, writing ordinances and contracts, land enforcement actions, employment arbitrations, planning board and zoning board hearings, property tax abatements to constitutional litigation.

As an employment lawyer representing businesses and municipalities, Steve has tried numerous jury cases to verdict and has handled hundreds of cases at the Maine Human Rights Commission and in federal and state courts. Those cases include all kinds of discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower cases, disability issues and retaliation. He also counsels employers as to how to avoid employment disputes proactively and conducts employee training.

Steve maintains an active litigation practice primarily for business and municipal clients and has handled numerous groundbreaking matters with local and national implications. For example, he successfully defended a conspiracy and anti-SLAPP case brought by Ralph Nader against the Democratic National Committee and John Kerry. He was counsel to the City of Augusta in the Law Court's public sector labor case redefining status quo when collective bargaining agreements expire. He was successful at the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit defending the constitutionality of a parade and mass gathering ordinance. He handled a significant challenge to Maine's medical marijuana laws. He acted as the de facto town manager of the Town of Chelsea when the First Selectman was arrested and later convicted of numerous federal corruption charges. 

He also has an extensive probate litigation background. He has handled will contests, challenges to a personal representative's handling of estates, validity of probate instruments and disputes among beneficiaries. Mr. Langsdorf has practiced in many of Maine's probate courts and successfully defended probate appeals to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Steve was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in the Washington, D.C., area. He joined Preti Flaherty in 1986 and became a partner in 1996. He lives in Hallowell, Maine, with his wife, Jeanne, and has two children, Natasha and Austin.

Professional Activities

  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Kennebec County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Hallowell Food Bank, Volunteer
  • Aloha Foundation, Circle of Friends member
  • Kennebec Valley Humane Society - pro bono legal advice

Firm Highlights

News

Preti Flaherty Attorneys Mariana Baron and Nelson Larkins Honored by Maine Supreme Judicial Court for Pro Bono Service

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorneys Mariana Baron and Nelson Larkins have been honored by the Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program for their 2021 contributions to pro bono legal aid in the state...

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Preti Flaherty Attorney Sigmund D. Schutz Named to AAA Roster of Arbitrators

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorney Sigmund Schutz was recently named to the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) Roster of Arbitrators. AAA is a not-for-profit organization in the field of alternative dispute resolution...

Press Coverage

Maine Newspapers Fight Anonymous Testimony in Lawsuit Challenging Vaccine Mandate

A group of newspapers in Portland, Lewiston, Augusta, and Waterville, represented by Preti Flaherty attorney Sigmund Schutz, have filed a motion in federal court requesting the identity of nine healthcare workers seeking religious exemption from the state's...

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Legislative Alert: Convening of the 2nd Regular Session of the 130th Legislature

The Second Regular Session of the 130 th Legislature will convene next Wednesday, January 5 th at 10 a.m. This is intended to be an in-person session of both the House and Senate with...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorney Jeffrey Thaler to the Firm

In a move that significantly expands its pioneering Climate Strategy Practice Group, Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios, LLP is pleased to announce that it has hired Jeffrey Thaler, a leading climate and clean energy...

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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Walker and Sedlack Provide Counsel in Portland Recount Battle

After two days, hours of discussions, reported discrepancies in voting machines, and a hand recount of ballots, Roberto Rodriguez emerged as the winner of Portland’s at-large city council election. The hotly contested race was the first ranked-choice...

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What Do the Supreme Court's Vaccination Rulings Mean for Your Business?

Reflecting the deep rift in public opinion concerning the government’s role in dictating how businesses, health care entities and public sector employers ought to act to stem the spread of COVID-19, a divided U.S. Supreme...

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Maine Supreme Court Affirms Decision in Workers’ Compensation Case Regarding Notice Requirements

In  Desgrosseilliers v. Auburn Sheet Metal  (2021 ME 63 [December 16, 2021]), the question presented is whether an employee is required to give notice of his occupational disease claim to his former employer’s insurer...

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Preti Flaherty Partnership Announces Promotion to Partner of Kristin Collins and John Cronan, III

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named two new partners: Kristin M. Collins and John J. Cronan, III. Both attorneys stand out as distinguished practitioners within their respective fields...

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EPA Makes History With First-Ever Addition of Hazardous Air Pollutant

After a decade-long back-and-forth with states, NGOs and industry groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally announced that it will add a powerful dry cleaning solvent, 1-bromopropane, or “1-BP” to its list of...