Pierce Atwood Receives 7 National and 74 Metropolitan Rankings by 2021 US News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Of the 10 largest law firms in Maine, we're the only firm ranked nationally in seven practices*

Pierce Atwood LLP continues to receive national and metropolitan recognitions for all of its practices firmwide in the 2021 U.S. News-Best Law Firms directory.

Ranked firms, presented in national and/or metropolitan tiers, are based on a meticulous evaluation process consisting of client evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys, and a review of additional information collected during the formal submission process. Firm practice groups receive feedback on their expertise, understanding of the clients’ business needs, cost-effectiveness, responsiveness, and more. Pierce Atwood has been included in the “Best Law Firms” rankings since the rankings began in 2010.

For the fifth year in a row, our well-known and highly-respected Class Actions group has again received a National Tier 1 ranking. New this year is a national recognition for our expertise in energy law. This year’s national rankings include:

  • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants -  National Tier 1 (fifth straight year)

  • Land  Use & Zoning Law – National Tier 2

  • Litigation – Environmental – National Tier 2

  • Patent Law – National Tier 2

  • Real Estate Law  - National Tier 2

  • Corporate Law – National Tier 3

  • Energy Law – National Tier 3 – new in 2021

The firm received Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in these locations/practice areas:

Augusta, Maine

  • Administrative/Regulatory Law

  • Government Relations

  • Mediation

Boston, Mass.

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Land Use & Zoning Law – moved up from Metropolitan Tier 2 in 2021

  • Litigation – Environmental

  • Patent Law 

  • Real Estate Law


Portland, Maine

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law

  • Banking and Finance Law

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation

  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Construction Law

  • Copyright Law

  • Corporate Law

  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar

  • Employment Law - Management

  • Energy Law

  • Environmental Law

  • Insurance Law

  • Labor Law - Management

  • Land Use & Zoning Law

  • Litigation - Banking & Finance

  • Litigation – Bankruptcy – moved up from Metropolitan Tier 2 in 2021

  • Litigation – Construction

  • Litigation - Environmental

  • Litigation - Intellectual Property

  • Litigation - Labor & Employment

  • Litigation - Patent

  • Litigation - Real Estate

  • Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

  • Litigation - Trusts & Estates

  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law

  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

  • Real Estate Law

  • Tax Law

  • Trademark Law

  • Trusts & Estates Law

New Hampshire

  • Corporate Law

  • Environmental Law

  • Securities/Capital Markets Law

Rhode Island

  • Arbitration

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Construction Law

  • Litigation – Construction

  • Mediation

Please visit U.S. News – Best Law Firms to view all of our ranked practice areas.

*Mainebiz list of largest Maine law firms, November 26, 2020

About Best Law Firms
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is currently recognized in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro.