Class actions remain one of the most powerful tools used by plaintiffs' counsel. In appropriate cases, a class action may afford a legitimate opportunity for injured plaintiffs to obtain class-wide relief.  In other cases, however, the threat of a class action is used primarily to force a settlement from wary businesses. Pierce Atwood assists both New England and national clients to vigorously defend class actions on the merits, to challenge class certification where appropriate, and to navigate the complex class litigation process.

Our class action attorneys’ goal when presented with a potential class action is to perform an early case assessment to determine a cost-effective strategy, whether it is to seek dismissal of the complaint, challenge class certification, or settle on favorable terms that will win court approval.  At all junctures, we partner with our clients in an effort to achieve the best possible outcome at a reasonable cost.

For three straight years, Pierce Atwood's Class Actions team has received a National Tier 1 ranking by US News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" report.  

In BTI Litigation Outlook 2019, Pierce Atwood is recognized as a “Standout” in Class Actions Litigation – ranked by corporate counsel as one of the top 26 firms in this area. BTI Consulting Group is the leading provider of strategic research to the legal industry.

Our team’s class action blog, First Class Defense, focuses on First Circuit federal and state court decisions and their implications for defending class actions.

Our class action attorneys have represented clients in class actions involving such areas of law as consumer rights, privacy and data security, employment, product liability, mass torts, antitrust and environmental, and such statutes as state unfair trade practice acts, state wage and hour laws, the FLSA, the FDCPA, FCRA, the WARN Act, civil RICO, and the UCC.

The team has represented clients in class action matters across industries and have defended class action cases in federal and state courts in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, as well as Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Our work has also included the management of multiple class actions filed in different jurisdictions, as well as class actions consolidated in Multi-District Litigation.

Pierce Atwood’s Class Action team draws on the strengths of attorneys who have decades of experience with class litigation and also experienced attorneys throughout our firm who are experts in the areas of law in which they practice.  Pierce Atwood attorneys practice from our Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Washington, D.C. offices.

Members of our class action team are regularly called upon as experts in the field. One partner authors the Maine section of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Fifty State Survey of Class Action Law, another authored the Massachusetts chapter of the ABA’s TIPS’ Section’s “A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions,” and another was a member of the American Law Institute’s working group to draft the ALI’s Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation. Additionally, team members have often been quoted by the legal and business press in articles concerning new developments and trends in class action cases, have published numerous articles about class action issues, and have spoken about class action topics at programs of the American Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and other professional and trade organizations. Pierce Atwood attorneys maintain a class action blog, First Class Defense, which focuses on decisions of the state and federal courts within the boundaries of the First Circuit.