Susan has practiced as a business counselor with Preti Flaherty since 1985 and has successfully orchestrated complex commercial transactions among clients, including international clients, some of northern New England's largest businesses, and companies headquartered throughout the eastern seaboard. As former Chair of the firm's Business Law Practice Group, she is proud to serve a solid base of business clients as general counsel and has handled numerous mergers and acquisitions transactions in locations across the United States. In her mergers and acquisitions work, she regularly leads and coordinates cross-disciplinary teams of lawyers and consultants to complete complicated deals and achieve client objectives.

Susan has counseled clients in most stages of the business "life cycle," from inception through dissolution, and in several cases has served as general counsel for nearly thirty years. Whether assisting a healthy, growing company or a bankruptcy survivor, she strives to give the level of service requested, from regular attendance at board meetings to occasional telephone consultations with management.

Susan lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Honors & Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Listed in Woodward/White's The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in New England Super Lawyers
  • Exclusive Global Law Expert Commercial Attorney for Maine

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Member, Katahdin Counsel, 2012-present
  • Member, Maine Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Leadership Maine Graduate, Zi Class, 2006-2007
  • Former Board Member, Center for Grieving Children
  • Board Co-Chair, Women in Harmony
  • Asylum Volunteer, Immigrant Legal Aid Project
  • Volunteer, Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine
  • Former Board Member, MaineLine, Inc.
  • Former Volunteer, Learning Works

Firm Highlights


Answering Employer COVID-19 Vaccination Questions

As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available, employers are faced with big questions. Can we mandate vaccines for employees ? How do we manage a return to work ? Preti Flaherty's Peter Callaghan breaks...


The Role of the Additional Insured

Insurance is an important and effective tool for reducing and allocating risks. However, insurance terms can be confusing which may lead to a misunderstanding of a policy's protections, particularly when dealing with "named insureds,"...

Press Coverage

Maine Newspapers Challenge Rule Concealing Electronic Court Records

A Maine court committee in December established a 90-day blackout period rule on public access to newly filed electronic court records, a move which has been challenged by Maine's newspapers as a violation of the First Amendment. Paper...


From Augusta: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

On March 13, 2020, Maine Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker of the House Sara Gideon issued a joint statement to the 129th Maine Legislature signifying their intention to suspend the remainder of the...


Racial Justice Fund Seeks Applications for Inaugural Round of Grants

The Maine Justice Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural grant cycle for its Racial Justice Fund. The Foundation will accept applications for grants of up to $10,000 until the deadline on Wednesday, March...


Understanding and Navigating the She-cession

New employment data shows that women are 1.8 times more likely to have left or lost their job due to COVID-19. Between remote schooling, daycare closures, and lost support systems, women have been forced...


Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Updates from the WCB February Monthly Business Meeting

The WCB met remotely on February 9, 2021, for its monthly business meeting. Following are some developments with respect to an appeal accepted by the Maine Supreme Court and claims related to Covid-19. COVID-Coded...


From Concord: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all legislative activities in the state of New Hampshire, with a couple of exceptions, will be handled remotely. Several employment-related bills will be considered and voted on during this...

Press Coverage

Maine blazes workplace trail with earned paid leave requirement

In March of 2019, Maine became the first state in the nation to adopt an earned paid leave law, meaning that for every 40 hours worked, an employee banks one hour of earned paid...


Preti Flaherty Partnership Announces Promotion of Moppin, Rideout, White to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named three new partners: Sara N. Moppin, Laura A. Rideout, and Emily T. White.  Each attorney stands out as a distinguished practitioner within...