Daniel R. Strader

Dan Strader works closely with clients to help guide them in complying with the latest legal developments impacting their workforces. Dan regularly counsels clients on compliance with state and federal employment laws such as Title VII, the Maine Human Rights Act, and the ADA, FLSA, FMLA, and ADEA. In addition to providing everyday advice and counsel on a wide range of employment topics, Dan works with clients on reviewing and drafting employment contracts, compensation plans, severance agreements, and contracts to protect their confidential information and trade secrets, as well as auditing and updating clients’ employment policies and practices.

Dan also has experience with the unique challenges facing employers with unionized workforces, and he regularly assists clients with labor negotiations, managing union elections, and representing employers in unfair labor practice charges and other proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

When disputes do arise with current or former employees, Dan has an active litigation practice in both state and federal court, representing employers in a wide variety of employment matters, including discrimination claims, whistleblower claims, wage and hour litigation, contract disputes, and enforcement of restrictive covenants. Dan’s approach to litigation is zealous but practical, with a focus on mounting an aggressive defense while still looking for opportunities to resolve cases when doing so is in the client’s best interest. Dan has obtained favorable judgments for his clients in many state administrative proceedings and in federal and state court litigation.

When Dan is not working, he spends as much time as possible outdoors, hiking, skiing, and exploring the Maine woods with his wife and three daughters.

Honors & Distinctions
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch" for Labor & Employment Law – Management and  Litigation - Labor & Employment (2022-present)
  • New England Super Lawyers "Rising Star" for Employment Law in Maine (2019-2021)
  • Named a Florida "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers (2016-2017)
Professional Activities
  • Co-presenter, “Remote Depositions: Best & Worst Practices,” Maine State Bar Association and Maine Trial Lawyers Association Litigation Institute (September 23, 2021)
Civic Activities
  • Chair, Impact Investment Committee, Brick & Beam Society, United Way of Greater Portland (2019-present)
  • Maine Association of Nonprofits, Emerging Leaders Program (2019)