Legal professionals choose to work at Pierce Atwood for many reasons. For some it's the opportunity to work at a successful firm with a first-class national reputation, for others it's the chance to work on interesting matters from small, local clients to large, national or international clients, and for many it's to work with smart people who value collaboration and collegiality.

Welcome to Pierce Atwood’s online application portal.

Thank you for your interest in a career with Pierce Atwood. If you meet the qualifications of a posted position listed below, we encourage you to apply by checking the box next to the position(s) of interest and clicking on “Apply.” Follow the instructions on the Submit Application screen and be prepared to attach a cover letter, resume and law school transcript. Applications must be completed by the candidate him/herself.

Pierce Atwood LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or status as a protected veteran.

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Pierce Atwood strives to provide a very competitive compensation and benefit package. All attorneys are eligible for a competitive package of base pay and a discretionary bonus based on performance.

Benefits are an important part of our total compensation package. Each attorney's work and family situation is different and we have designed our package to be flexible to the unique needs of each attorney. First-year associates receive the following benefits:

Health Benefits

  • Medical Plans (self, family and domestic partner)
  • Dental Insurance (self, family, and domestic partner)
  • Vision Service Plan (self, family, and domestic partner)
  • Pre-Tax Dependent Care and Health Care Spending Accounts
  • Annual flu vaccines
  • Wellness program and funding for wellness related activities

Insurance Benefits

  • Employee Life Insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Option
  • Business Travel Accident Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance Option
  • Identify Theft Insurance

Work/Life Benefits

  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Generous Paid Time Off and Holidays
  • Pre-Tax Parking and Transportation Accounts and subsidies
  • Emergency Back-Up Child and Adult Dependent Care
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Computer Discount Purchase Program
  • Personal Insurance Discount Program
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Employer sponsored 529 College Savings Plan
  • Adoption Assistance

Retirement Benefits

  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Discretionary Profit Sharing Contributions

We are committed to the education of all attorneys and their integration into the firm and the legal community. All attorneys regularly attend professional development programs of their choosing, as well as internal workshops and training.

For associates, the firm employs a responsible attorney (RA) system, reviews associates twice each year during their first three years, and then annually after the third year, conducts in-house training programs, and encourages associates to take advantage of continuing legal education programs that will further their substantive and career development. At the heart of the firm's associate development program is its system of assigning each associate to an RA who is responsible for:

  • supervising and orienting the associate to the firm's practices and culture
  • monitoring and fostering the associate's career and professional development
  • assigning matters to the associate, and assisting the associate in prioritizing matters
  • providing prompt, thorough, constructive, and personal feedback on an associate's work
  • ensuring that the associate is performing the type of work and having the type of experience appropriate for the associate given his or her experience and development
  • informing the associate of how he or she is progressing generally

The RA system is in our experience the best approach to ensuring that constructive feedback is given to associates on a regular basis, and that a manageable level and appropriately varied mix of work is provided to each associate.

In addition to the RA system, associate development is furthered by the performance evaluations given to each associate by the attorneys the associate has worked with during the review period. These bi-annual evaluations ensure that each associate's development as an attorney is fostered and that we are providing the associate with opportunities to grow and learn.

Finally, substantive and career development are furthered by our commitment to continuing legal education. We have a comprehensive professional development program. The program has included a one day client counseling and interviewing program, and a half-day mock deposition and deposition skills program, practice group spotlight sessions, writing workshops, presentation skills, business development workshops, Establishing Effective and Efficient Work Habits, and Twelve Secrets to Success as a Pierce Atwood Associate. The firm also pays for attorney attendance at continuing legal education programs and requires all attorneys to obtain at least 12 CLE credit hours per year.

Pierce Atwood LLP seeks a patent associate or agent with 3 to 5 years of patent drafting and prosecution experience in the software area to join its Patent Group, preferably in the Portland, Maine office.  The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering or computer science and a solid understanding, through work experience or otherwise, of software and computer networking principles.

To apply, please use our online application system or submit your cover letter, resume and transcripts to Heather Higgins at

Pierce Atwood LLP seeks a litigation associate with 0-4 years of experience for its Boston, MA office. Strong academic credentials and superior research and writing skills required.

To apply, please use our online application system or submit your cover letter, resume and transcripts to Heather Higgins at   

Pierce Atwood LLP seeks a litigation associate with 0-3 years of experience for its Portland, ME office. Strong academic credentials and superior research and writing skills required.

To apply, please use our online application system or submit your cover letter, resume, transcripts and a writing sample to Heather Higgins at

Pierce Atwood LLP’s rapidly growing real estate and land use practice seeks a top-notch associate with 3-7 years of relevant law firm experience for a hybrid counseling and litigation role in the Boston office. The ideal candidate will be intimately familiar with Massachusetts zoning and land use law and have experience appearing in court and before municipal boards and commissions. Experience working on real estate development project teams is a plus. Superior research, writing, and oral advocacy skills are a must. This is an opportunity to join a thriving, highly-regarded practice and do sophisticated work in a supportive, collegial environment.

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to Heather Higgins at

Pierce Atwood LLP seeks an associate with 2-4 years of experience to join the Employment Practice Group in its Portland, ME office.   Litigation experience is required.  The ideal candidate will also have experience in advocacy and/or advice and counsel with a range of employment issues, such as discrimination, leave, wage & Hour, handbooks, and traditional labor. 


Applicants must have excellent writing skills, strong analytical ability, and work well with clients and colleagues.  Position offers excellent growth potential in a dynamic employment sector, lots of client contact and a positive, collegial working environment in the Portland office of a mid-sized law firm based in the Northeast.  No search firms please.


To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to Heather Higgins at

Pierce Atwood LLP seeks an associate with 1-3 years of experience to join its Corporate and Litigation Practice Groups in the firm’s Providence, RI office.  Clerkship experience and/or superior academic credentials preferred.


Please submit your cover letter, resume and transcripts to Heather Higgins at