Peter C. Felmly


207.253.0573 Direct
207.772.3627 Fax

84 Marginal Way, Suite 600
Portland, ME 04101-2480

Assistant: Grace Herrick


  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2003
  • Colby College, B.A., 1998, including a semester at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland (Spring 1997)


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


  • 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’s Justice Action Group
    Committee Member (2006-2007)

Peter Felmly 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 (4th edition 2012 and 5th edition 2014), and has served as a lead instructor for graduate-level school law courses offered by the University of Southern Maine. He has been selected as a New England Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the areas of employment law and education law from 2008-2014.


  • 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
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  • New England Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, Schools & Education, Employment Litigation.Rising Star (2008-2016)


  • Co-Author, Maine School Law, 5th Edition (2014)
  • Co-Author, Maine School Law, 4th Edition (2012)


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