Pierce Atwood Attorneys and Practices Recognized in Chambers USA 2021

Chambers and Partners today announced its rankings for the 2021 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Pierce Atwood has been ranked among the USA’s best firms in practices across the firm, with 38 attorneys ranked as leaders in their respective fields.

Chambers USA is published annually and is consulted by general counsel of global and national businesses. The guide evaluates lawyers based on technical legal skills, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients. Practice area rankings are based on individual lawyers within the field, and the strength and depth of a department.

These Maine-based practices were once again ranked in Band 1 in the 2021 edition:

  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Environment
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Real Estate

Once again, Pierce Atwood is the only law firm in Maine to be ranked number one in seven practice areas, and the only law firm in Maine ranked number one for environmental law and commercial litigation.

We’re also pleased to report that our Massachusetts-based Energy practice was ranked in Band 2, which is particularly notable since 2021 is the first year that Chambers is ranking this practice in the Commonwealth.

Ranked Attorneys

Below please find all of the Pierce Atwood attorneys and the areas in which they were recognized in the 2021 edition:


  • Keith J. Cunningham (Maine)
  • Jacob A. Manheimer (Maine)

Corporate/Commercial Law:

  • Scott E. Pueschel (New Hampshire)
  • James C. Baker (New Hampshire) 


  • David J. Champoux (Maine)
  • Charles M. Graceffa (Maine)
  • Christopher E. Howard (Maine)

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Jared S. des Rosiers (Maine)
  • John W. Gulliver (Maine)
  • Andrew Kaplan (Massachusetts) 
  • James Avery (Massachusetts) 
  • Sarah B. Tracy (Maine)
  • Randall S. Rich: Energy: Oil & Gas Regulatory & Litigation (Nationwide)


  • Matthew D. Manahan (Maine)
  • Brian M. Rayback (Maine)
  • William E. Taylor (Maine)
  • Michelle N. O’Brien (Massachusetts)
  • Mark E. Beliveau (New Hampshire)

Intellectual Property

  • Kevin M. Farrell (New Hampshire)

Labor & Employment

  • Charles S. Einsiedler (Maine)
  • James R. Erwin (Maine)
  • Suzanne W. King (Massachusetts)
  • Margaret Coughlin LePage (Maine)
  • Katharine I. Rand (Maine)
  • Mark A. Pogue (Rhode Island)

Litigation: General Commercial

  • John J. Aromando (Maine)
  • David E. Barry (Maine)
  • Gavin G. McCarthy (Maine)
  • Neal Pratt (Maine)
  • Donald R. Frederico (Massachusetts)
  • Michele E. Kenney (New Hampshire)
  • John E. Bulman (Rhode Island)
  • Michael J. Daly (Rhode Island)
  • Stephen MacGillivray (Rhode Island) 
  • Mark A. Pogue (Rhode Island)

Real Estate (includes Zoning and Land Use)

  • Eben Adams (Maine)
  • Paula Devereaux (Massachusetts) 
  • Dennis C. Keeler (Maine)
  • Margaret G. Smith (Maine) 

Chambers and Partners has been ranking law firms and lawyers since 1990, and now covers more than 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. Lawyers and law firms are ranked on a variety of factors and considerations, all of which are investigated by more than 200 researchers that work full-time in their London headquarters. Individual lawyers are ranked (in their practice area(s)) on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness, and their client service.