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Sigmund David Schutz

Sigmund David Schutz

also known as Sigmund D Schutz, Sigmund Schutz

Practice areas:

Environmental and Natural Resources, Litigation, Communications & Media, Libel & Slander, Land Use & Zoning, Securities & Investment Fraud

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About Me

Sig practices environmental law and complex litigation with a focus on environmental litigation and toxic torts, environmental transactions and brownfields, environmental enforcement by state and federal regulators, land use, construction, securities, and complex business disputes. Sig blends jury trial and appellate experience with substantive environmental expertise. Sig also concentrates his practice in media law. He represents the Maine Press Association and the press on First Amendment matters, libel and privacy law, state and federal sunshine laws, newsgathering and related matters.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Environmental and Natural Resources: 40%
  2. Litigation: 25%
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 10%
    18 years
  4. Libel & Slander: 10%
    18 years
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (45 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Lars Kristian Soreide

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Lars Soreide Securities & Investment Fraud Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Preti Flaherty LLP

One City Center
P.O. Box 9546
Portland, ME, 04112-9546



NHAuthorized to practice law200610/13/2009
NYCurrently registered 199803/13/2015
MEAuthorized to practice law199708/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
ListedSuper Lawyers2014
ListedChambers & Partners USA Guide2014
Rising StarBenchmark Litigation2014
ListedBest Lawyers in America2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
ListedBest Lawyers in America2013
ListedChambers & Partners USA Guide2013
Future StarBenchmark Litigation2013
ListedBest Lawyers in America2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
ListedBest Lawyers in America2011
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ListedBest Lawyers in America2010
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Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
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Rising StarSuper Lawyers2008
ListedBest Lawyers in America2007

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerPreti Flaherty LLP2005 - Present
AssociatePreti Flaherty, LLP1997 - 2004
Summer AssociatePreti Flaherty, LLP1996 - 1996
Law ClerkNew York State Supreme Court1995 - 1995


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Maine Bar FoundationFellow2011 - Present
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2009 - Present
Portland OvationsBoard Member2008 - Present
New England First Amendment CoalitionBoard Member2008 - Present
New England Media Law GroupMember2007 - Present
Campaign For JusticeContributor2007 - Present
New Hampshire Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Red Cross of Southern MaineBoard Chair2004 - 2006
Maine Freedom of Information CoalitionClerk2003 - Present
Maine Technology Institute, Environmental BoardBoard Member2000 - 2006
Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel SectionMember2000 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1998 - 2011
Maine State Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Estate of SweetlandFavorable Judgment Affirmed on Appeal
Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc. v. State of MaineJudgment Affirmed In Part Vacated In Part
Kenney v. HowardAll Claims Dismissed

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Publication NameTitleDate
Preti FlahertyGovernment Contracting and Procurement Update: Public Access to Trade Secrets in Proposals and Bid Documents in Maine2014
Preti Flaherty, LLPWhat to do after a Data Breach: A Primer on Maine's security breach law2012
Maine Bar JournalPublic Access to Judicial Proceedings and Records in Maine: Worth Protecting2012
Media Privacy and Related LawMaine Chapter2012
Open Courts CompendiumMaine Chapter2011
Maine Press AssociationDisclosures on Campaign Contributions: A Primer for Newspapers2010
Preti Flaherty, LLPMaine's Public Records Law Now Applies to Private Contractors Doing Business with the State of Maine2010
The ForecasterCourts Reject Schools' Blanket Use of Privacy Statute2010
Media Libel LawMaine Chapter2009
Reporters Privilege CompendiumMaine Chapter2007
Open Government GuideMaine Chapter2006
News Media & the LawFrom the Hotline Column2006
Maine Bar JournalTort Killer: Applying the Economic Loss Doctrine to Service Contracts2005
Maine Law ReviewTime to Reconsider Nullum Tempus Occurrit Regi – The Applicability of Statutes of Limitations Against the State of Maine in Civil Actions2003
Maine Bar JournalFreedom of Access Law: It's Not Easy Keeping Secrets1999


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cornell Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Colby CollegeGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1994

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Maine Pro Chapter Society for Professional JournalistsFair Report and Neutral Reportage Privilege: Issues & Problems2015
What You Need to Know About Public RecordsWhat You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings: Maine2013
New England First Amendment InstituteTips for Staying Out of Legal Trouble: Common Issues in Defamation, Privacy, Copyright2013
Shining Light on our ElectionsMaine's Right to Know Law: An Introduction2012
Freedom of Information: Maine CallingFreedom of Information2012
New England First Amendment InstituteThe Nitty Gritty: How to Harness State Freedom of Information Laws2011
What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open MeetingsPublic Records Laws -- Overview & Exemptions2007
Managing C Stores and Protecting the EnvironmentWhen Good Groundwater Fund Claims Go Bad2006
Society of Professional Journalists SeminarThe Repoters Privilege in Maine2005
New England Associated Press News Executives ConferenceOngoing State Freedom of Information Cases2005