Maine HR Convention: May 8 – 11, 2023


Laura Rideout

Laura is a member of the firm’s Employment Law and Litigation practice groups. Recognized as a “Rising Star” in her field of practice, Laura implements a thoughtful yet aggressive approach to her work, helping clients find unique ways to resolve legal issues to best fit their needs.

As a member of the firm’s Employment Law team, she regularly advises employers on a wide range of issues, including anti-discrimination laws, FMLA, FLSA, ADA compliance, as well as other laws that impact her clients across industries. Laura often assists clients in drafting employee handbooks and policies, conducting anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training, investigating pre-litigation employment-related claims, and advising on a variety of issues ranging from sensitive personnel decisions to other compliance-related matters.

A seasoned litigator, Laura regularly represents clients in claims before administrative bodies and in state and federal court in each of the jurisdictions where she is admitted to practice. She has significant experience defending clients in cases involving allegations of wage-and-hour violations, whistleblowing, discrimination, and sexual harassment.
Laura’s extensive litigation experience extends beyond her employment-related focus. She also represents clients in a wide range of other matters, including real estate litigation, commercial disputes, and non-employment disability discrimination claims. She is skilled at preparing cases for trial but is also experienced in representing clients at mediation and negotiating settlement agreements as appropriate.

Laura is a member of Preti Flaherty’s Recruitment and Professional Development Committees. A Maine native, Laura resides in the Portland area with her husband and two sons.

Sessions: HR Basic Training