Best Lawyers in America® 2021 Recognizes 62 Pierce Atwood Partners Firmwide

Ten partners named “Lawyer of the Year"; Nine associates named “Ones to Watch”

Pierce Atwood LLP is pleased to announce that 62 partners across all of our U.S. offices have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021 (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Notable “Best Lawyers” additions this year include:

  • R. Thomas Dunn, partner in charge of the firm’s Rhode Island office, was recognized for Construction Law
  • Valerie L. Green, a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office, was newly recognized for Energy Law

In addition, five attorneys in the firm’s Portland, Maine office were recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year.” “Lawyer of the Year” is a recognition presented annually to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one attorney is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each specialty and location. The partners receiving this notable peer recognition are:

  • David E. Barry:  Bet-the-Company Litigation, Portland, Maine
  • David J. Champoux: Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Portland, Maine
  • Dennis C. Keeler: Land Use and Zoning Law, Portland, Maine
  • James R. Erwin: Employment Law – Management, Portland, Maine
  • John E. Bulman, Construction Law, Providence, RI
  • Mark E. Beliveau, Environmental Law, New Hampshire
  • Matthew D. Manahan: Environmental Law, Portland, Maine
  • Peter W. Culley: Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, Portland, Maine
  • Sarah B. Tracy: Administrative/Regulatory Law, Portland, Maine
  • Stephen F. Del Sesto, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Providence, Rhode Island

Finally, we are also pleased to note that nine firm associates were included in the new category, “Ones to Watch.” These recognitions for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the U.S. are given to attorneys who have been in practice for 5-9 years. Like the Best Lawyers recognitions, these awards are also based on peer review. These year’s honorees are:

  • Emily J. Dupraz:
    • Environmental Law
    • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Ryan F. Kelley:
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Kellie E. MacDonald: Immigration Law
  • Sara A. Murphy:
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Banking and Finance Litigation
    • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
  • Kyle Noonan:
    • Commercial Litigation
  • Cheryl L. Allen-Ricciardi:
    • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Securities Litigation
  • Nicole M. Matteo:
    • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
    • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs
  • Karishma Jiva Cartwright:
    • Intellectual Property Law
  • Joel Quick:
    • Land Use and Zoning Law
    • Real Estate Law

Finally, the firm received a “top listed” city and state recognition for its Environmental Practice Group in Portland Maine. This “top listed” recognition is given to the firm that has the most listed lawyers in a particular region and practice area.

A complete listing of Pierce Atwood’s attorney and firm recognitions is available at Best Lawyers.