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10 Post Office Square, Suite 1100N
Boston, Massachusetts 02109Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 617-350-0950
Fax: 617-350-7760
E-Mail: info@piercedavis.com
www.piercedavis.com
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Established: 1998

Practice Areas
  • Accountants
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Amusements
  • Appellate Practice
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Automobile
  • Aviation
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Construction Defect
  • Contract Disputes
  • Declaratory Judgments
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Dram Shop
  • Employment Law
  • Governmental Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Law Enforcement Liability
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lender Liability Defense
  • Liquor Liability
  • Municipal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Public Entities
  • Real Estate
  • School Law
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Termination
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About Us
The partners of Pierce Davis & Perritano have more than 100 years of litigation and trial experience. We guide clients through all phases of litigation — from pre-complaint investigation, discovery, and trial, to appeal and post-appeal proceedings.

We are equally prepared for and comfortable in trials, settlements, arbitration, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. As no single course of action is best for all cases, we work closely with each client to determine the optimal path and zealously pursue it.

Our attorneys not only advocate, they lead — influencing and shaping governing legal principles in landmark cases.

With more than 20 attorneys, we are able to aggressively defend clients in complex product liability, toxic tort, municipal liability and other specialty liability litigation. Our smaller size, however, fosters an atmosphere of efficiency, responsiveness, and personal connection not found in larger firms.

We also advise clients concerning numerous issues outside of litigation. For example we provide counsel on employment best practices to avoid potential liability, interpretation of contractual obligations in commercial transactions, insurance coverage, and on an array of other legal needs. Our wealth of experience in defending claims in the courtroom provides a valuable perspective when advising clients on resolving disputes without the need to litigate.
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Additional Locations
Providence, Rhode Island
10 Dorrance Street, Suite 700
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Telephone: 877-737-7270
Bridgeport, Connecticut
1000 Lafayette Boulevard
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
Telephone: 203-683-6015
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
American Modern Home Insurance CompanyArgo Group US
Broadspire, a Crawford CompanyGreenwich Insurance Company
Nationwide Indemnity CompanyTrident Public Risk Solutions (TPRS)
York Risk Services Group, Inc.
Non-Insurance Clients
Borg-Warner Automotive, Inc.Gardner Denver, Inc.
Johnson Controls, Inc.MIIA/Cabot Risk Strategies, LLC
Warren Pumps LLC
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Personnel Information
Partners
Joel F. Pierce
Boston, MA
Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 1975
  • Connecticut, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1977
Education:
  • Carleton College, B.A., 1968
  • University of Michigan, J.D. (cum laude), 1975
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John J. Davis
Boston, MA
Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 1981
  • Rhode Island, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island, 2009
Education:
  • Tufts University, B.A. (cum laude), 1978
  • Boston University, J.D., 1981
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Judith A. Perritano
Boston, MA
Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1995
Education:
  • Clark University, B.A., 1985
  • Suffolk University, J.D. (cum laude), 1988
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John J. Cloherty, III
Boston, MA
Admitted
  • Rhode Island, 1993
  • Massachusetts, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
Education:
  • Providence College, B.A. (cum laude), 1986
  • Suffolk University, J.D. (cum laude), 1993
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David C. Hunter
Boston, MA
Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 2001
  • New York, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2004
Education:
  • Roger Williams University, B.A., 1996
  • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., 2000
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Adam Simms
Boston, MA
Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 1985
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education:
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1981
  • New York Law School, J.D., 1984
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Meghan L. Riordan
Boston, MA
Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2007
Education:
  • University of New Hampshire, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1998
  • New England School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2001
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Associates
Seth BarnettEdward S. Bertrand
Katherine L. ConnollyJason W. Crotty
Christine M. DowlingJacquelyn Shore Kaplan
Anne T. KhirallahCorey J. Lavallee
Michael D. LeedbergMelissa M. Malloy
Shannon M. O'NeilCarlie S. Seigal
Alexandra Nassopoulos VilellaJohn Wilusz
Of Counsel
Gerald FabianoMaria E. DeLuzio
Charles K. MoneMaureen L. Pomeroy
Andrew S. Russell

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High Profile Cases
Morgan v. Town of Lexington, MA, 823 F.3d 737 (1st Cir. 2016); Najas Realty, LLC v Seekonk Water Dist., 821 F. 3d 134 (1st Cir. 2016); Moore v. Town of Billerica, 83 Mass. App. Ct. 729, 989 N.E.2d 540 (2013); Doe v. City of Fitchburg, 76 Mass. App. Ct. 1106 (2010); Dinitto v. Pepperell, 77 Mass. App. Ct. 247, 929 N.E.2d 979 (2010); Anderson v. City of Gloucester, 75 Mass. App. Ct. 429, rev. den., 455 Mass. 1105 (2009); Jones v. Maloney, 74 Mass. App. Ct. 745 (2009); Comley v. Town of Rowley, 74 Mass. App. Ct. 1122, rev.den., 455 Mass. 1101 (2009); King v. Rivas, 555 F.3d 14 (1st Cir. 2009); McCarter v. Bi-County Collaborative, Inc., 73 Mass. App. Ct. 1115, rev.den., 453 Mass. 1108 (2009); Ciampi v Westerly, 598 F.Supp.2d 257 (Dist. R.I. 2009); Parker v. Hurley, 514 F.3d 87 (1st Cir.), cert. den., 555 U.S. 815 (2008); Doe v. East Greenwich Sch. Dept., 899 A.2d 1258 (R.I. 2006); Tilton v. Union Oil Co., 56 Mass. App. Ct. 901, 776 N.E.2d 455, CCH Prod. Liab. Rep. 16,421,(2002), review denied, 438 Mass. 1111, 785 N.E.2d 383; (2003); Brilante v. R.W. Granger & Sons, Inc.,55 Mass. App. Ct. 542, 772 N.E.2d 72; (2002); Mullin v. Town of Fairhaven, 284 F.3d 31 (1st Cir. 2002); Collins v. Nuzzo, 244 F.3d 246 (1st Cir. 2001); Cipollone v. Yale Industrial Products, 202 F.3d 376, CCH Prod. Liab. Rep. 15,740; (1st Cir. 2000); Brum v. Town of Dartmouth, 428 Mass. 684 (1999); Rogan v. Menino, 175 F.3d 75 (1st Cir. 1999); Carreiro v. Main Machinery, 68 F.3d 1443 (1st Cir. 1995); Allen v. Chance Mfg. Co., 873 F.2d 465, CCH Prod. Liab. Rep. 12, 1333; (1st Cir. 1989); Allen v. Chance Mfg. Co., 398 Mass. 32, 494 N.E.2d 1324, CCH Prod. Liab. Rep.11, 194; (1986); Simmons v. Merchants Mut. Ins. Co., 394 Mass. 1007 (1985), 476 N.E.2d 221; Carista v. Berkshire Mutual Ins. Co., 394 Mass. 1009 (1985)

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