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Pierce Atwood LLP

 

Pierce Atwood LLP is a highly regarded full service law firm based in New England, recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise in complex and class action litigation, energy production and distribution, mid-market mergers and acquisitions, information security and technology, commercial real estate development, and complex construction projects. Pierce Atwood provides legal and business counsel to its clients, which range from regional and local enterprises, utilities, financiers, middle-market companies, entrepreneurs, and individuals, to Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, and state and foreign governments. Clients derive superior value based on the firm’s efficient and cost-effective service structure coupled with its high level of sophistication, responsiveness, and industry expertise.

Practice Philosophy

At the Pierce Atwood law firm, our success is built on three core strengths: attracting and retaining superb legal talent, achieving superior client satisfaction, and delivering exceptional value. Our attorneys understand that our clients want creative and timely legal solutions from attorneys who understand their businesses. We also understand that clients want responsiveness and efficiency in the delivery of legal services. Our goal is to deliver all of these.

Diversity & Inclusion

At the Pierce Atwood law firm, we value and respect the differences among all people, believe that our differences enhance our results, and recognize that only a diverse and inclusive workplace can provide the best ideas, the best resources, and the best people to serve our clients.

We believe that diversity means celebrating the differences among individuals. We value the unique characteristics, thoughts and experiences that are shared at our law firm every day. The ideals of diversity are integrated into our law firm's long-established guiding principles of creating a welcoming, caring, and enjoyable place for our attorneys and staff to work.

Associate
Nicholas Anastasi is an associate in the Litigation Practice Group.
Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Nick was an assistant city solicitor in the  city of Lowell (Mass.) Law Department, where…
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Partner
Newell Augur has more than 20 years of experience in Maine in the fields of government relations and administrative law, cultivating long-standing relationships with state government…
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Partner
Dan Bailey has more than 30 years of experience in environmental, land use, real estate, and municipal law. He prides himself on offering pragmatic solutions to complicated legal matters.…
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Associate
Bonnie Ball Wahrer is an associate in Pierce Atwood’s Trusts and Estates Practice Group where she represents individuals, families, fiduciaries, and institutional clients in all aspects of…
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Pierce Atwood's Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights team is multidisciplinary, drawing upon our banking, litigation, business, mergers and acquisitions and real estate experience to address…
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Partner
Christina Berkow advises clients on a range of corporate and transactional matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, and private offerings. Christina’s practice…
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Partner
Jon Block represents and advises clients with Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts tax problems. Jon litigates tax cases at the administrative level and through all levels of the court…
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Associate
Georgia Bolduc is an associate in the Environmental Practice Group, where she specializes in a broad array of environmental issues, including due diligence and permitting of renewable…
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Associate
Kasey Boucher is an intellectual property and business attorney, and works with clients of all sizes, ranging from early-stage companies to leading companies within their respective…
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Counsel
Nick Brown’s practice is concentrated on business litigation and construction law. He also has experience as a management side labor and employment attorney, having represented and advised…
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Partner
John Bulman has more than 25 years of experience in construction and commercial trial matters in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and other states. He has served as counsel in trials,…
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Pierce Atwood's Business Group counsels enterprises large and small on both their daily business needs and most crucial business transactions. Known for our core strengths in serving middle…
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Senior Counsel
Pierce Atwood senior counsel Scott Cammarn has 34 years of banking law experience, focusing his practice on regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, legislation, and transactions.…
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Special Counsel
Paul Connolly serves as special counsel in Pierce Atwood's Energy Practice Group. He has a unique background in energy and utility law that includes experience in the public sector as well…
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Partner
Melanie Conroy focuses her practice on class action defense and complex commercial litigation. Melanie has experience in investor and consumer class actions based on alleged consumer fraud…
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For more than 30 years, Pierce Atwood’s construction lawyers have helped clients in heavy civil construction and the building industries achieve successful outcomes on even the largest and…
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Partner
Emily Cooke’s practice focuses on commercial transactions, compliance, and corporate governance for a range of clients, including small businesses, banks, health care organizations,…
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Partner
Mike Daly focuses his practice on representing clients involved in litigation over business, insurance and maritime disputes.  He has tried, arbitrated, and otherwise litigated cases…
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Partner
Stephen Del Sesto focuses his practice on corporate restructuring, state and federal insolvency proceedings, creditors’ and debtors’ rights, civil business litigation and general corporate…
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Partner
Paula Devereaux is an experienced commercial real estate and land use attorney, focusing her practice on development, zoning, permitting, planning, and environmental regulatory compliance.…
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Partner
Joshua Dunlap, a member of Pierce Atwood’s Litigation Group and Appellate & Amici team, focuses his practice on civil litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He appears in…
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Partner
Tom Dunn concentrates his practice in construction law and complex business dispute resolution representing clients in various sectors of the construction industry, including power…
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Associate
Tess Edwards is an associate in Pierce Atwood’s Real Estate Practice Group.
Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Tess spent two years as law clerk to the Honorable Robert B. Foster of the Land…
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Partner
Kris Eimicke concentrates his practice on tax issues and economic development programs, with a special emphasis on state and federal new markets tax credit (NMTC) programs, renewable energy…
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Employers best manage their risk with well-trained managers and timely, strategic advice and counsel. In today's legal and regulatory environment, however, claims still arise, requiring…
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Of Counsel
Jim Erwin has extensive state and federal litigation experience in a wide range of substantive areas at the trial, appellate, administrative and arbitration levels. His practice involves…
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Partner
Jeff is an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully represented clients in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation matters throughout the U.S. His practice includes…
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Partner
Elizabeth Frazier focuses her practice on government relations, lobbying, business advocacy, and environmental and land use policy. Elizabeth divides her time between Pierce Atwood’s…
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Partner
Jon Gelchinsky specializes in the protection and enforcement of trademark rights for businesses of all sizes. His diverse trademark practice includes counseling clients on the selection of…
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Partner
Peter Gelzinis has extensive experience advising and counseling clients on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition, disposition, financing, joint venture,…
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Partner
Lisa Gilbreath is a partner in the Environmental, Land Use, and Energy Infrastructure Development, Acquisition & Financing practice groups. Lisa works on a wide variety of environmental…
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Partner
Kyle Glover assists clients with a wide range of matters related to the negotiation of technology and intellectual property transactions, the prosecution and protection of trademarks, and…
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Partner
Olga J. Goldberg advises clients in complex state and local tax matters. She represents clients on tax controversies from the administrative level through litigation and appeal or…
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Associate
Cameron Goodwin is an associate in Pierce Atwood’s Litigation Practice Group.
Cameron recently graduated from University of Maine School of Law. While in law school, Cameron was a legal…
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Partner
Mary-Laura Greely has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions involving private and public companies, private equity, venture capital, and general corporate representation. She…
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Partner
Rebecca Greenfield has a transactional commercial real estate practice involving acquisitions, dispositions, development, leasing, finance, and title and land use analysis. She also has…
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Partner
As chair of Pierce Atwood’s Privacy & Data Security practice, Peter Guffin combines extensive experience in intellectual property, information technology, privacy and data protection…
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Partner
Kathleen Hamann is an internationally recognized authority in the field of white collar enforcement and compliance matters. Drawing on her nearly 20 years of service to the federal…
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Associate
Michael Hernandez is an attorney in the firm’s IP & Technology Practice Group.  Leveraging 18 years of prior global experience as a software product manager and brand owner at a large,…
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Associate
Kathleen Heyer focuses her practice on land use litigation, representing property owners, developers, and banks in a wide variety of title and land use matters, including boundary disputes…
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Associate
Tyler Holbrook is an associate in Pierce Atwood’s Litigation Practice Group, where he focuses on general and commercial litigation.
Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Tyler was an associate in…
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Partner
Chris Howard has a unique combination of technical legal skills and hands-on business and finance experience, enabling him to integrate these disciplines into strategies that match client…
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Partner
Lawrence Hunt counsels clients throughout the estate planning process, educating and guiding them through the various options that address their unique circumstances in order to realize…
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Partner
Andrew Kaplan focuses his practice on providers of energy storage, demand response, ancillary services, and electricity and gas transmission and supply, both in the wholesale and retail…
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Partner
Katherine Kayatta is an experienced litigator with significant trial experience in state and federal courts in Maine and Massachusetts and focuses her practice on complex commercial…
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Partner
Ryan Kelley provides legal counsel to public and private companies regarding debt and equity financings, commercial transactions, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters.
Ryan…
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Associate
Peter Kenlan’s practice includes all aspects of real estate law.  Drawing on his diverse professional experience, Peter helps clients navigate a broad range of complex real estate…
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Partner
Michele Kenney is the Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Portsmouth, NH, office and a member of the Litigation Practice Group. She enjoys a diverse commercial litigation practice, and appears…
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Partner
An experienced management-side employment lawyer, Suzanne King counsels employers on a wide range of employment practices, including: hiring, managing employee performance and discipline,…
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Partner
Katharine Kohm focuses her practice on business dispute resolution and construction law. In her construction practice, Katie has represented owners, general contractors, design…
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Partner
Merrill Kramer is an energy and project finance partner resident in our Washington, D.C. office. Merrill represents some of the most active and innovative players in the energy industry.  …
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Partner
Molly Liddell works with clients to help them plan for complicated personal transitions, which can occur at marriage, birth of a child, transfer of a business, death, or through gifting to…
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Whether confronted with a complex commercial matter or a class action, Pierce Atwood's nationally-recognized litigation attorneys consistently get results for their clients in a practical…
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Counsel
Ann Marie Maccarone is an accomplished attorney with expertise in Rhode Island and Massachusetts law, focusing on estate planning, probate, tax planning, and elder law.
Prior to Pierce…
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Associate
Kellie E. MacDonald is an associate in Pierce Atwood’s Immigration Practice Group.
Kellie has significant experience representing immigrants and immigrant family members living abroad and…
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Partner
Steve MacGillivray has more than 20 years of experience advising companies, high net worth individuals, and organizations of all sizes in matters related to complex litigation as well as…
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Partner
Jack Manheimer devotes his practice primarily to the representation of banks and other financial institutions in financing transactions and the workout or collection of troubled and…
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Partner
Gavin McCarthy is a trial lawyer whose practice covers a wide variety of complex commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on class action defense and construction litigation. Gavin…
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Partner
Sarah McGarrell works with emerging, growth, and closely held companies, and advises startup founders on pre-market corporate governance issues and early-stage financing from term sheet…
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Partner
Katie Minervino has been practicing exclusively employment-based immigration law for the past ten years, helping employers and employees create and execute immigration strategies to meet…
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Partner
Sara Murphy focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and class action defense, representing clients from a wide range of industries, including financial services, health care,…
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Partner
Kyle Noonan is a trial lawyer in Pierce Atwood’s Litigation Practice Group. He represents clients – from national companies to family-owned businesses – facing complex commercial litigation…
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Partner
Rick Novak concentrates his practice on commercial and industrial projects for leading renewable and conventional energy producers and technology companies, as well as adaptive reuse…
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Partner
Michelle O'Brien handles environmental and land use permitting and related litigation for various types of developments including residential homes, commercial buildings, waterfront…
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Associate
Matt O'Connor is an associate in Pierce Atwood’s Litigation and Business Practice Groups, handling commercial, construction, and ERISA litigation, as well as assisting an active…
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Partner
Gareth Orsmond is a real estate lawyer with expertise in land use, environmental and municipal law, real estate financing, affordable housing, and large-scale development. Gareth’s practice…
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Partner
Mary Clements Pajak has more than 25 years of experience in trust and estate planning and administration. She advises clients on their wealth transfer options, offering guidance and support…
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Associate
Ariel Pardee works with the Business Practice Group on a wide range of commercial transactions, and with the IP and Data Security teams in areas including cybersecurity, privacy,…
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Partner
Don Pinto has more than 30 years of experience as a civil litigator, with a focus on complex real estate and land use disputes. He handles cases at the trial and appellate levels in the…
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Partner
Mark Pogue focuses his practice on employment law and related litigation, representing employers and employees in a full range of employment matters in state and federal courts and…
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Counsel
Employment law attorney Katie Porter represents private and public employers and helps emerging companies establish and maintain all aspects of their labor and employment policies and…
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Developing and financing energy infrastructure projects requires a wide array of legal expertise. Pierce Atwood is one of a select few firms that offers this requisite expertise in one…
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Partner
My practice philosophy is simple –  I pride myself on being practical.  I am also a believer that success in the business world is not achieved by playing a zero-sum game, but rather in the…
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Partner
Having worked in human resources and management in the private sector, Katy Rand brings hands-on experience to her practice.  Her client work primarily involves employment law, with a focus…
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Partner
Vivek Rao emphasizes client-tailored, practical approaches to helping businesses maximize the tremendous commercial opportunities and evolving legal challenges of the technology economy.…
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Partner
As head of Pierce Atwood's Federal Income Tax practice, Rob Ravenelle has extensive experience in the planning, negotiation and tax structuring for mergers and acquisitions. He works…
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Partner
Brian Rayback focuses his practice on environmental and land use law, with expertise in all aspects of water, air, natural resources, solid waste, and zoning regulation.
Brian provides cost…
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Partner
Nolan Reichl is a partner in Pierce Atwood’s Litigation Practice Group, where he focuses his practice on civil litigation and appellate matters, including commercial disputes and challenges…
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Associate
Sarah Remes represents clients in complex commercial litigation, including class actions, employment-related disputes, and internal investigations.
Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Sarah was…
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Partner
Randall Rich is the Leader of our Energy Practice Group and the partner-in-charge of the Washington, DC office. Throughout his over 38 years of experience, beginning in the Office of…
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Partner
Lucus Ritchie is a partner in Pierce Atwood's Litigation Practice Group. Lucus' practice covers a wide variety of complex commercial disputes, with a particular emphasis on class action…
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Associate
Sheya Rivard is an associate in Pierce Atwood’s Litigation Practice Group.
Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Sheya served as a judicial law clerk in the Rhode Island Superior Court Law Clerk…
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Partner
Ann Robinson is a partner in Pierce Atwood's Government Relations and Health Care Practice Groups.
A highly regarded Maine attorney and lobbyist, Ann was a partner and former Chair of the…
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Associate
Nicholas Salalayko is an associate in Pierce Atwood’s Energy Practice Group.
Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Nick worked for a small Boston-based energy-focused law firm where he advised…
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Partner
Social networking, cloud computing, software development and licensing, data and application hosting, data privacy and security mean that today's businesses, large and small, face an…
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Partner
Dan Strader works closely with clients to help guide them in complying with the latest legal developments impacting their workforces. Dan regularly counsels clients on compliance with state…
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Partner
Andrea Suter represents entities and individuals in a broad range of industries, including energy, hospitality, real estate development, financial services, manufacturing, and software…
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Partner
Sarah advises energy generation facilities and industrial and large commercial energy users with respect to energy and regulatory issues and due diligence matters.  Sarah also represents…
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Counsel
Shannon Vittengl is Counsel at Pierce Atwood's Portsmouth office. She focuses her practice on patent law including patent prosecution, freedom-to-operate studies, patentability opinions,…
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Counsel
Soyoung Yoon is a highly experienced employment and education lawyer, and advises employers and educational institutions (including small businesses, large organizations, independent…
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Pierce Atwood LLP has been named a Go-To Thought Leader in the field of environmental law by the National Law Review. 2022 saw the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which provided substantial resources for many sectors of the US economy, and specifically green energy initiatives. Attorneys Kris J. Eimicke, Merrill Kramer, James M. Avery, Andrew O. Kaplan, and Sarah B. Tracy provided key insights into how this legislation will affect the renewable energy industry going forward, including investment tax credits, environmental justice concerns, energy community bonuses, and more. 

Donald R. Frederico is a National Law Review Go-To Thought Leader for his contributions on Class Action Mediation.  Mr. Frederico is a noted author and litigated prominent national pharmaceutical class action cases, and he is also the leader of Pierce Atwood’s Class Action Mediation practice. He writes on virtual mediation, and various rulings on recent PPP class action cases, and other types of COVID-19 litigation.

 

 

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