Cheryl Allen-Ricciardi is an associate in Pierce Atwood's Litigation Practice Group. Cheryl's practice focuses on general commercial matters and employment-related disputes in federal and state courts.  Her expertise includes drafting pleadings, motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, as well as drafting independent contractor agreements and revising employee handbooks and drug policies.

Before joining Pierce Atwood, Cheryl was an associate in the New York office of Dentons US LLP. While in law school, Cheryl was a legal intern in the Family Law Unit of the New York Legal Assistance Group. She was also the President of the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Children's Law Project and the Communications Director of the Youth Advocacy Law Association.


Author, The US-Russian Child Adoption Agreement: An End to Failed Adoptions?, 35 Fordham Int’l L. J. 1690 (2012)

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended staffing agency client in employment discrimination lawsuit, achieving voluntary dismissal
  • Defended nonprofit against personal injury lawsuit resulting in a favorable settlement for the client
  • Successfully represented high-end book publisher in contract dispute resulting in a favorable settlement for client
  • Represented criminal defendant in pro bono criminal appeal in the 7th Circuit. Drafted petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court