PARTNER

Peter provides advice and counsel to our clients on labor and employment law, education and municipal law, and corporate and public governance issues.  He serves as lead employment counsel for some of the premier employers in Maine, including L.L. Bean.  Peter also is counsel to many mid-size companies and smaller public and private entities.

The focus of Peter’s practice is providing legal counselling to our clients in order to develop practical solutions to tricky issues right at the time an issue arises.  Clients look to Peter for his expertise before they get sued.  Peter’s skills have been called upon to resolve many high profile and sensitive cases, and he understands the need to couple his legal strategies with careful attention to the reputational and public relations implications of these challenging cases.

Peter advises senior executives, superintendents, town managers and board members on governance, fiduciary duties, freedom of access, risk management, and personnel matters.  He negotiates employment contracts, non-competition agreements and severance agreements.  Peter has advised many organizations on strategies to reorganize and sometimes reduce their workforces.  He has also defended successfully scores of claims of discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge.


University of Birmingham, England (L.L.B., 2/1 degree, 1983)
College of Law, Chester, England (1984)  

Maine
U.S. Court of Appeals, First and Eleventh Circuits
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
England and Wales
Androscoggin, Maine State, and American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section) 

Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Management (2013–2018)
2017 Client Choice Award Winner, selected by international publisher, Lexology, as Maine Employment Lawyer of the Year
Editor of the Maine Employment Law Letter, the leading Maine employment law newsletter published by BLR (//www.hrhero.com

Lecturer, University of Southern Maine: Maine School Law Course, Fall 2016
Maine Council of School Board Attorneys (Executive Committee, Past President)
Board of Directors, Curtis Memorial Library
Frequent contributor to the HR Power Hour, a Maine radio show for HR professionals
The Maine employment lawyer selected as representative on the National Employer’s Counsel Network
National Council of School Board Attorneys

Peter gave the following presentations in the last year:

Central Maine Human Resources Association (CMHRA) “Employment Law Year in Review” (1/19/16)
Thomas College Diversity Conference “Disability Discrimination and Accommodation” (2/2/16)
National Retailing and Mailing Organization of America (NEMOA) “Website Accessibility and the ADA” (3/10/16)
Maine State Bar Association “Employment Law Update” (4/13/16)
Maine HR Convention “Protecting Your Company’s Reputation:  Learning from the Deflategate Debacle” (5/11/16)
Maine HR Convention “Medical Marijuana in the Workplace” (5/13/16)
Maine Association of Payroll Professionals (MAPP) “Navigating FLSA Wage and Hour Requirements” (6/3/16)
Maine State Bar Association, Annual Conference “Medical Marijuana and Impairment in the Workplace” (6/24/16)
National Association of Government Labor Officials (NAGLO) “Impairment in the Workplace” (7/26/16)
2016 Maine Workers Comp Summit “Workplace Impairment” (8/30/16)
Maine Society for Healthcare, Human Resources, Administration (MSHHRA) “Cultural & Religious Diversity in the Workplace” (9/15/16)
Cannabis Policy Conference Panel, Portland, Maine “Marijuana in the Workplace” (10/24/16)
Maine School Management Association Fall Conference “Understanding the Rights of Transgendered Students in Public Schools” (10/27-28/16)
Human Resources Association of Eastern Maine (HRAEM) “Best Practices for Workplace Investigations” (12/8/16)
Central Maine Human Resources Association (CMHRA) “Employment Law Year in Review” (1/16/17)


Peter writes articles for the Maine Employment Law Letter and national HR publications.  Some recent articles include:

“Overtime Changes Nixed for Now, But here’s What to do Next”” (12/2016)
“Weeding Through Maine’s Recent Legalization of Marijuana” (11/2016)
“Maine Department of Labor Adjusts to New FLSA Regulations” (10/2016)
“What if Governor LePage Were CEO LePage? Would He Be Fired?” (9/2016)
“Despite Legislative Defeat, Maine Drug Testing Bill Provides Lessons for Employers” (7/2016)
“Finally, the Final Overtime Rule: What’s Next for Maine Employers?” (6/2016)
“Is Your Website Accessible to All Job Applicants?” (1/2016)
“New Maine Law Addresses Employees’ Social Media Privacy” (9/2015)

If you would like to be added to Peter’s mailing list and receive his monthly article, please send an email to lharmon@brannlaw.com

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