Providence, RI

72 Pine Street
Providence, RI 02903

Pierce Atwood’s litigation lawyers in Providence, RI focus primarily on litigation of complex commercial and construction matters, life, health, and disability insurance coverage disputes, ERISA, admiralty law, and bankruptcy & creditors’ rights.

When the Providence law firm Little Bulman Medeiros & Whitney PC joined Pierce Atwood, the combined firms provided clients with stronger and deeper commercial and construction litigation practices. Former Little Bulman attorneys are widely recognized throughout southeastern New England as highly skilled lawyers in construction and business disputes, and known for their expertise in complex litigation matters.

By growing its presence in Providence, Rhode Island, Pierce Atwood further establishes itself as a strong, regional, multi service law firm with more than 130 attorneys in the Northeast.


Taking a Leading Role

Our attorneys took leading roles in the drafting of local admiralty rules for the Rhode Island Federal District Court.



We're Hot!

Pierce Atwood is the ONLY New England-based law firm named to The National Law Journal's "Midsize Hot List” FOUR years in a row.


ERISA and Benefits Claims

We regularly represent several life, health and disability insurers in connection with ERISA and benefits claims throughout the Northeastern United States.


Important Decision

In a recent matter recognized by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly as one of the most important decisions of 2012, we obtained a favorable order for a general contractor seeking to enforce an Ohio arbitration case.



Vessel Arrests

We have represented several marine lenders, boat builders, shippers and other maritime businesses in matters involving vessel arrests and other issues of admiralty law.


Protecting Trademark Rights

We work closely with the clothing company of a nationally known pop star to help protect and enforce the company’s trademark rights and negotiate various licensing and other business contracts.


Construction Defect Claims

We represent general contractors, property developers and engineering firms in connection with several commercial and residential construction defect claims throughout Rhode Island.

Additional Information

Related Practices
  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Employee Benefits
  • Construction Law
  • Environmental & Land Use
  • Litigation
  • Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
  • Healthcare Services
Industry Expertise
  • Maritime
  • Construction
  • Health Care
  • Insurance - Litigation
  • Shipping
Representative Clients
  • Aegon
  • Disability RMS
  • Cleveland Construction Co. 
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • Standard Insurance Company
Professional & Civic Activities

With strong ties to the Rhode Island legal community, the entire Providence team teaches a law school course on federal court litigation practice and is actively involved in several local bar organizations. Our Rhode Island attorneys also are committed to public service, volunteering their time and expertise to several charitable and non-profit organizations. Recently, our Providence team has been involved with the following associations and organizations:

  • Rhode Island Federal Bar Association
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Rhode Island Community Food Bank
  • Providence Animal Rescue League
  • Save the Bay
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Maritime Law Association
  • Portsmouth, RI School Committee 
  • Rhode Island Reserve Officers Association
  • Dorcas International, f/k/a, International Institute of Rhode Island
  • Tides Family Services


Since 2002, Providence office partner-in-charge Brooks Magratten and his family have been involved in an annual 50-mile, three-day walk to help raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis, raising $300,000 so far. Click here for an article about their fundraising efforts as published in the Providence Journal in September 2015.