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.

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 an associate with 3 to 5 years of corporate/transactional experience to join its Boston, MA office.  Qualified candidates should have experience in or one more of the following areas: mergers and acquisitions; seed, venture, private equity and bank financings; the formation, structuring and general representation of business entities; and the negotiation and documentation of technology and intellectual property transactions.  The ideal candidate has strong communication and interpersonal skills, excellent judgment and attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously. 


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

Pierce Atwood LLP seeks to fill a need for a well-rounded senior commercial real estate attorney.  The ideal candidate will have five or more years of meaningful experience in the acquisition and financing of commercial real estate projects, including familiarity with joint venture agreements and other equity investment structures.  Specific work will include preparation of purchase and sale agreements, title and survey review, negotiation of loan and joint venture documentation, equity structuring and drafting of organizational and authority documentation.  Though guidance from the senior members of the Real Estate team and support will always be available, the candidate will be expected to handle all aspects of smaller transactions, and components of larger transactions, with minimal oversight.  The candidate should be comfortable with direct client contact, have strong organizational skills and have a mindset of taking ownership of her or his assigned projects.  Experience on complicated transactions involving multiple parties and/or properties will be an advantage.  The candidate must have excellent academic credentials, superior writing and communication skills and strong analytical ability.  Counsel or junior partner level attorneys may also be considered.

The selected individual will work directly with the partners in the Real Estate Practice Group.  This is an excellent opportunity to join a sophisticated and expanding commercial real estate practice and has significant opportunity for advancement.

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

Pierce Atwood LLP seeks an associate with 3-5 years of corporate law experience to join and build the Business Practice Group in its Portland, Maine office.  Candidates must have a strong background in mergers and acquisitions.  Additional experience in general representation of business entities (corporate, partnerships, and limited liability companies), formation and structuring of business entities, and in finance and private equity transactions is preferred.  Securities law knowledge is a plus, but not required. 


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

Pierce Atwood LLP seeks a patent associate or patent agent with a background in electrical engineering or computer science (experience with machine learning a plus) and 2+ years of patent drafting and prosecution experience to join the Patent Group in one of our Boston, Portland, or Portsmouth office locations. Part-time candidates will be considered.


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