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For Immediate Release
August 10, 2009

Contact:
Marnie Grumbach, Communications Coordinator, Preti Flaherty
(207) 791-3000
E-mail: mgrumbach@preti.com
Web Site: http://www.preti.com


34 Attorneys at Preti Flaherty Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2010

Firm also receives top rankings in nine practice areas

PORTLAND, Maine — Thirty-four Preti Flaherty attorneys from offices in Portland and Augusta, Maine, and Concord, N.H., have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the soon-to-be-released new edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Best Lawyers also ranked Preti Flaherty (www.preti.com) as the #1 law firm in Maine in the following categories: Administrative Law, Antitrust Law, Communications Law, First Amendment Law, Franchise Law, Maritime Law, Mass Tort Litigation and Sports Law.

In New Hampshire, Preti Flaherty is ranked #1 in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law.

Inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America is considered a top honor as less than three percent of the nation’s lawyers are listed in the guide, which are chosen by their peers and organized by practice area.

The 34 selected attorneys include:

From the Augusta, Maine office:
Severin M. Beliveau of Hallowell for Administrative Law and Government Relations Law; Anthony W. Buxton of Portland for Energy Law; Virginia E. Davis of South China for Land Use & Zoning Law; Charles F. Dingman of Leeds for Administrative Law & Health; Joseph G. Donahue of Gardiner for Administrative Law, Communications Law and Energy Law; Michael J. Gentile of Jay for Real Estate Law; Bruce C. Gerrity of Manchester for Real Estate Law; James C. Pitney, Jr., of South China for Public Finance Law; Ann R. Robinson of Portland for Administrative Law; and Donald J. Sipe of Auburn for Energy Law.

From the Concord, New Hampshire office:
Simon C. Leeming of Canterbury for Real Estate Law; Daniel P. Luker of Concord for Corporate Law; Mark H. Puffer of Concord for Municipal Law; and John M. Sullivan of Concord for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, and Corporate Law.

From the Portland, Maine office:
Timothy J. Bryant of Falmouth for Franchise Law; Peter S. Carlisle of South Portland for Sports Law; John P. Doyle, Jr. of Falmouth for Health Care Law; Alfred C. Frawley III of North Yarmouth for Intellectual Property Law; Gregory P. Hansel of Cape Elizabeth for Commercial Litigation, Antitrust Law and Mass Tort Litigation; Evan M. Hansen of Falmouth for Workers’ Compensation Law; Michael Kaplan of Portland for Maritime Law; Nelson J. Larkins of Freeport for Workers’ Compensation Law; Susan E. LoGiudice of Cape Elizabeth for Corporate Law; Michael G. Messerschmidt of Cape Elizabeth for Labor and Employment Law; Robert O. Newton of Yarmouth for Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation; Christopher D. Nyhan of South Portland for Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation; Harold C. Pachios of Cape Elizabeth for Corporate Law; Jonathan S. Piper of Falmouth for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and First Amendment Law; Daniel Rapaport of Cape Elizabeth for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation; Dennis C. Sbrega of Portland for Banking Law and Real Estate Law; Sigmund D. Schutz of Falmouth for First Amendment Law; Michael L. Sheehan of Scarborough for Corporate Law and Tax Law; Eric P. Stauffer of Yarmouth for Corporate Law; and David B. Van Slyke of Yarmouth for Environmental Law.

The nationally recognized list, which has been published since 1983, is now published each year by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, South Carolina.

Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 25,000 leading attorneys cast almost two million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

About Preti Flaherty
Preti Flaherty has offices in Portland and Augusta, Maine, Concord, N.H., Boston and Washington, D.C. With more than 85 attorneys, the firm counsels clients in the areas of business law, energy, environmental, estate planning, health care, intellectual property, labor and employment, legislative and regulatory, litigation, technology and telecommunications. More information about the firm is available at www.preti.com.

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