Litigation & Trial Experience

Tim Bryant is a highly acclaimed and experienced trial attorney. Over the last 26 years he has successfully represented numerous individuals, partnerships and corporate entities in a wide variety of complex civil and commercial litigation, including business, construction, franchise, intellectual property, ownership, personal conduct and real estate disputes.

Tim utilizes a strategic and common sense approach to assist clients in achieving their dispute resolution objectives.  Whenever possible, this means helping clients devise and execute a sophisticated plan to obtain favorable settlement terms and avoid the time and cost associated with litigation.  He has served as lead counsel in dozens of jury, non-jury trials and arbitration disputes; and assisted numerous other clients in strategically resolving their litigation disputes. 

He has been nationally recognized by Benchmark Litigation, Chambers USA, and Woodward-White's The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the area of litigation, and in the Franchise Times as a Legal Eagle for his work in the area of franchise law.  He is described by peers as a formidable adversary and by his clients as a strong advocate with a “pleasantly aggressive” style and demeanor. 

Tim is co-chair of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group - described by Benchmark Litigation as a “Regional Powerhouse”.  He formerly served on the firm’s Management Committee and as chair of its Recruitment Committee.  He co-authored the publication “A Practical Guide to Evidence in Maine” with United States Magistrate Judge John Nivison; and served as a chapter author for the publication “A Practical Guide to Superior Court Practice in Maine”.  He has served as a regional and national speaker on a variety of advocacy topics, including how to conduct depositions, hearings and trial examinations.

He graduated from Villanova University School of Law where he served on the Villanova Environmental Journal, and earned the school’s Trial Advocacy Award.  As an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts, he quarterbacked his team to a Yankee Conference Championship and was honored as the conference rookie of the year.

The following is a sample of representative matters where Tim has served as lead trial counsel:

  • Prevailed in a 3+ week arbitration matter in San Diego, California, in a case involving $10-15 million in claimed damages. sued our client, Criterium Engineers for $8-10 million for breach of contract and other related intellectual property claims. Criterium Engineers' counterclaim sought approximately $1.9 million for services rendered, plus interest, costs and attorney's fees. The arbitrator ruled in favor of Criterium Engineers on all counts and awarded Criterium Engineers $3.6+ million in damages. recovered nothing.
  • Simultaneously obtained judgment in excess of $1.5+ million in favor of a national commercial product distributor against four regional retail distribution outlets in several New England States; and permanent restraining orders prohibiting the retail outlets from using the distributors federally registered trademarks.
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of a Maine corporation defeating a $1.4+ million claim arising out of the sale and distribution of a nursery home and related real estate.
  • Obtained a $750,000 non-dischargeable judgment in a commercial contract dispute involving the sale of commercial vehicles.
  • Obtained a several hundred thousand dollar judgment arising out of the fraudulent distribution of estate assets.
  • Successfully defended and prosecuted dozens of claims throughout the United States on behalf of franchisors to enforce their contractual, intellectual property and post termination rights against existing former franchisees.

Firm Highlights


Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

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Press Coverage

Bangor superintendent blocked BDN reporter on Twitter after critical news coverage

In an apparent violation of the First Amendment, Bangor schools superintendent Betsy Webb temporarily blocked a journalist on Twitter following a report that news of a student suicide was announced over the loudspeaker at...


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Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named attorney Benjamin S. Piper as a partner. Ben is a member of the firm's Environmental, Litigation, and Media Law Practice Groups and works...


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