Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law

Portland, ME        207.772.1941
Portsmouth, NH        603.433.3317
Manchester, NH        603.716.2895
Lebanon, NH        603.448.2221
800.727.1941




PETER C. FELMLY

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207.253.0573 Phone
207.772.3627 Fax

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PRACTICE AREAS

Employment & Labor
Collective Bargaining
School & Education
Disability Law School Computer & Technology School Employment

EDUCATION

University of Maine School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2003

Colby College, including a semester at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland (Spring 1997), B.A., 1998


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Maine
New Hampshire
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

MEMBERSHIPS

Maine Council of School Attorneys
Member, 2009 to Present


Maine State Bar Association
Board Member, Board of Governors, 2008-2014


Maine State Bar Association
Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2004-2010


Maine State Bar Association
Board Member and Chair, New Lawyers Section, 2004-2009; Chair 2006


New Hampshire Bar Association

Maine State Bar Association

Maine State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section
Co-Chair



COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

Maine's Justice Action Group
  Committee Member (2006-2007)




PRACTICE AREAS

Employment & Labor
Collective Bargaining
School & Education
Disability Law School Computer & Technology School Employment

EDUCATION

University of Maine School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2003

Colby College, including a semester at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland (Spring 1997), B.A., 1998


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Maine
New Hampshire
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

MEMBERSHIPS

Maine Council of School Attorneys
Member, 2009 to Present


Maine State Bar Association
Board Member, Board of Governors, 2008-2014


Maine State Bar Association
Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2004-2010


Maine State Bar Association
Board Member and Chair, New Lawyers Section, 2004-2009; Chair 2006


New Hampshire Bar Association

Maine State Bar Association

Maine State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section
Co-Chair



COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

Maine's Justice Action Group
  Committee Member (2006-2007)




Peter Felmly is Drummond Woodsum’s Practice Group Leader for the School & Local Government group. He counsels private sector employers and public schools in all aspects of labor law, employment law, and school law.

Peter advises employers of all sizes on compliance with state and federal employment laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Maine Human Rights Act, and the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act. His practice involves counseling management and human resources personnel on hiring practices, discipline and discharge practices, conducting workplace investigations, and employee classification issues. Peter helps employers conduct training for employees and supervisors, and assists employers with the development of employment agreements, separation agreements, employment policies and handbooks. He also regularly represents employers at the bargaining table, in grievance arbitration proceedings, in state and federal court proceedings, and before administrative agencies, including the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Maine Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor.

In addition, Peter provides advice and counsel to schools regarding the constitutional rights of students and school employees, public schools’ obligations under Maine’s Freedom of Access Act, and compliance with a myriad of state and federal laws and regulations controlling the operation of educational institutions. He frequently provides seminars and trainings for his school clients on a variety of topics, including effective hiring practices, teacher evaluations, investigating staff misconduct, employees’ and students’ rights under the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments, collective bargaining strategies, and copyright law for educators.

Peter received his undergraduate degree from Colby College and his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law. Peter is also a co-author of Maine School Law (6th edition 2018), and has served as a lead instructor for graduate-level school law courses offered by the University of Southern Maine. He has been selected by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Employment Law.


REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS & MATTERS

  • Regional School Unit No. 5 v. The Coastal Education Association

  • Mount Abram Teachers Association v. M.S.A.D. 58

  • Michael Doyle v. Town of Falmouth, et al.

  • Richardson v. Winthrop Sch. Dept.

  • Bristol West Ins. Co. v. Wawanesa Mut. Ins. Co., et al.

  • Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc. v. Portland School Committee

  • St. John v. City of South Portland

  • Berry v. City of South Portland

  • Cyr v. Madawaska School District

  • Downeast Coffee Co. v. Seacoast Coffee Company, LLC, et al.

  • Cole v. Maine School Administrative District No. 1

  • AWARDS

    • New England Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, Schools & Education, Employment Litigation, Rising Star 2008-2016
    • Best Lawyers USA, Employment Law - Management
    PUBLICATIONS

    • Editor, Maine School Law and Practice for Board Members: A Practical Guide, 5th Edition (2017)

    • Co-Author, Maine School Law, 5th Edition (2014)

    • Co-Author, Maine School Law, 4th Edition (2012)


    Peter Felmly is Drummond Woodsum’s Practice Group Leader for the School & Local Government group. He counsels private sector employers and public schools in all aspects of labor law, employment law, and school law.

    Peter advises employers of all sizes on compliance with state and federal employment laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Maine Human Rights Act, and the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act. His practice involves counseling management and human resources personnel on hiring practices, discipline and discharge practices, conducting workplace investigations, and employee classification issues. Peter helps employers conduct training for employees and supervisors, and assists employers with the development of employment agreements, separation agreements, employment policies and handbooks. He also regularly represents employers at the bargaining table, in grievance arbitration proceedings, in state and federal court proceedings, and before administrative agencies, including the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Maine Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor.

    In addition, Peter provides advice and counsel to schools regarding the constitutional rights of students and school employees, public schools’ obligations under Maine’s Freedom of Access Act, and compliance with a myriad of state and federal laws and regulations controlling the operation of educational institutions. He frequently provides seminars and trainings for his school clients on a variety of topics, including effective hiring practices, teacher evaluations, investigating staff misconduct, employees’ and students’ rights under the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments, collective bargaining strategies, and copyright law for educators.

    Peter received his undergraduate degree from Colby College and his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law. Peter is also a co-author of Maine School Law (6th edition 2018), and has served as a lead instructor for graduate-level school law courses offered by the University of Southern Maine. He has been selected by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Employment Law.


    REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS & MATTERS

  • Regional School Unit No. 5 v. The Coastal Education Association

  • Mount Abram Teachers Association v. M.S.A.D. 58

  • Michael Doyle v. Town of Falmouth, et al.

  • Richardson v. Winthrop Sch. Dept.

  • Bristol West Ins. Co. v. Wawanesa Mut. Ins. Co., et al.

  • Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc. v. Portland School Committee

  • St. John v. City of South Portland

  • Berry v. City of South Portland

  • Cyr v. Madawaska School District

  • Downeast Coffee Co. v. Seacoast Coffee Company, LLC, et al.

  • Cole v. Maine School Administrative District No. 1


  • AWARDS

    • New England Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, Schools & Education, Employment Litigation, Rising Star 2008-2016
    • Best Lawyers USA, Employment Law - Management
    PUBLICATIONS





    NEWS

    Thirty Seven Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Are Recognized by Best Lawyers
    August 21, 2019

    US Supreme Court Issues Decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31
    June 28, 2018

    Peter Felmly to Lead Drummond Woodsum's School and Local Government Group
    June 7, 2018

    Peter Felmly Elected Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Maine State Bar Association
    April 21, 2017


    ARTICLES

    New Law Requires Reports of Educator Investigations
    Fall 2018

    Maine's Recreational Marijuana Law Goes into Effect January 30, 2017
    January 1, 2017

    Federal Court Blocks Change to Overtime Rules
    Fall 2016

    First Circuit Blows the Whistle on the "Job Duties Exception" in Whistleblower Retaliation Case
    Spring 2016

    PRESENTATIONS

    The Levee Breaks: New Laws Flood Employers
    September 11, 2019


    2019 Maine School Law Summer Institute
    July 16-19, 2019


    Hiring the Best Seamlessly and Without Incident: Attracting the right applicants, interviewing, onboarding, and I-9s
    June 5 & 6, 2019


    Dealing with Reasonable Accommodation: What to do when an employee needs or requests an accommodation
    March 20 & 21, 2019









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