Michael L. Buescher


Michael L. Buescher


Phone: 207.253.0510 Fax: 207.772.3627 Email: mbuescher@dwmlaw.com

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

Assistant: Sydney Feldman Email: sfeldman@dwmlaw.com


Michael Buescher has extensive experience advising private and public entities on the full spectrum of employment matters, often leveraging his experience as a negotiator and litigator to deliver valuable insights to his clients.

Michael regularly represents employers in connection with compliance with federal and state employment laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Maine Human Rights Act, and the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act. Michael has developed specific expertise advising cannabis-related businesses on a wide range of employment matters including compliance with industry-specific rules and regulations, employment agreements and contracts, confidentiality agreements, handbooks, and policies.

A skilled negotiator and litigator, Michael is routinely consulted by employers of all sizes for help tackling difficult employment situations including discrimination, wrongful discharge, restrictive covenants, wage/hour issues, and discipline. Michael represents employers in arbitration, before federal and state administrative bodies such as the EEOC, the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Unemployment Compensation Commission, and the Maine Labor Relations Board, and before federal and state trial courts.

Michael also counsels schools on the ever-evolving landscape of education law including the constitutional rights of students and school employees, personnel and confidentiality issues, and compliance with various state and federal laws and regulations governing the operation of public schools. In his role, he is frequently invited to provide seminars and trainings for school personnel.

In his free time, Michael enjoys his other roles as a musician, teacher, writer, snowboarder, and mountain biker.


Fordham University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2008

Wesleyan University, B.A., 1999

Judicial Clerkship

Hon. Loretta Preska, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


Katahdin Counsel, Honoring Pro Bono Legal Services in Maine

Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” – Labor and Employment Law – Management


Ginoux Inn of Court

Maine State Bar Association

Past Presentations

From May 9, 2024

The Legal Year in Review

Michael Buescher, Daniel Rose, and Kathleen Wade presented at the 2024 Maine HR Convention in Rockport, ME.


What I Learned This Year

2024 Maine Superintendents Conference

From June 3, 2024 9:00 am

Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit – June

From May 6, 2024 9:00 am

Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) II Certification Summit – May

From January 26, 2024 8:30 am

Collective Bargaining

From December 6, 2023 12:00 pm

Annual Legal Year in Review – Time to Look Back at What Has Changed, and Forward to What to Expect (Maine)

From September 6, 2023 12:00 pm

Generative Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace (Maine)

From June 23, 2023 9:00 am

Understanding School Law: How You Can Best Support Your School Board in 2023

From June 20, 2023 8:00 am

The Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit – June

From June 7, 2023 12:00 pm

Don’t “Just Say No”: How to Respond to Today’s Accommodation Requests (Maine)

From March 8, 2023 12:00 pm

Getting Pay Right

From March 8, 2023 12:00 pm

Getting Pay Right (Maine)

From March 7, 2023 8:00 am

The Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit – March (CA)

NNAHRA and Drummond Woodsum have joined forces to provide Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) training to HR Professionals in Indian Country

From January 21, 2023 8:30 am

Collective Bargaining Post-Pandemic

From January 10, 2023 12:00 pm

Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification VIRTUAL Summit

NNAHRA and Drummond Woodsum have joined forces to take the Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) training virtual.

From December 7, 2022 12:00 pm

Annual Legal Year in Review Time to Look Back At What Has Changed, And Forward At What to Expect (Maine)

From December 2, 2022 9:00 am

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Update: ADA Fundamentals and Responding to Accommodation/Leave Requests for School Employees

From September 30, 2022 9:00 am

The FMLA Update: Maine’s New Mini-FMLA for School Employees, FMLA Fundamentals, and More!

From September 7, 2022 12:00 pm

Unpacking Today’s Complicated Leave Issues (Maine)

From June 8, 2022 12:00 pm

Employee Evaluations: Are they worth the hassle? (ME)

From March 9, 2022 12:00 pm

Dealing with Employee Misconduct/Performance During the Pandemic: What is Fair Now?

From January 28, 2022 8:30 am

Collective Bargaining During a Pandemic…Still – ZOOM Edition

From June 25, 2021 9:00 am

School Boards: Leadership in Difficult Times

This conference will review basic legal principles that apply to school board action. Dan, Elek and Michael will then focus closely on school board leadership during difficult times, particularly as they relate to very public employment disputes, Facebook controversies that impact the board, and public concerns that overtake regular business.

From June 24, 2021 12:00 pm

Making it Work: A Workplace Game Changer

From January 22, 2021 12:00 pm

Collective Bargaining During a Pandemic for School Board Members

From December 9, 2020 12:00 pm

2020 HR Year in Review and a Look Ahead at 2021

From December 8, 2020 12:00 pm

New Earned Paid Leave Law Takes Effect January 1

From September 9, 2020 12:00 pm

All Hands on Deck: Dealing with Employment Issues in a Pandemic

From June 10, 2020 8:30 am

HR in the Time of COVID-19

From May 12, 2020 12:00 pm

2020 Maine HR Convention, Legal Year in Review

From March 11, 2020 9:00 am

Assessing and Resolving Workplace Conflict and Allegations

From December 6, 2019 12:00 pm

Collective Bargaining for School Board Members

From December 4, 2019 12:00 pm

Significant Cases and Highlights From 2019

From September 11, 2019 12:00 pm

The Levee Breaks: New Laws Flood Employers

From June 20, 2019 12:00 pm

School Boards in Crisis!!

From June 5, 2019 8:00 am

Hiring the Best Seamlessly and Without Incident: Attracting the Right Applicants, Interviewing, Onboarding, and I-9s

From May 7, 2019 12:00 am

2019 Maine HR Convention, 2019 Employment Law Year-in-Review The Latest from Maine and Washington

From March 20, 2019 8:00 am

Dealing with Reasonable Accommodation: What to do when an Employee Needs or Requests an Accommodation

From December 5, 2018 8:00 am

Looking Back at 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

From September 12, 2018 12:00 pm

Workplace Investigations: Handling Employee Complaints

From September 7, 2018 9:00 am

Guarding the Gates: Keeping Your Schools Safe from Violence and Harassment

From June 6, 2018 8:00 am

Violence in the Workplace: Handling Threats, Identifying Risks, and Recommended Policies

From September 6, 2017 12:00 pm

Three Laws Employers Frequently Violate Without Knowing It