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General Defense


10 Post Office Square, Suite 1100N, Boston, Massachusetts 02109

Established: 1998

Practice Areas

  • Accountants
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Amusements
  • Appellate Practice
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Automobile
  • Aviation
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Construction Defect
  • Contract Disputes
  • Declaratory Judgments
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Dram Shop
  • Employment Law
  • Governmental Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Law Enforcement Liability
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lender Liability Defense
  • Liquor Liability
  • Municipal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Public Entities
  • Real Estate
  • School Law
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Termination

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About Us

The partners of Pierce Davis & Perritano have decades of litigation and trial experience. We guide clients through all phases of litigation — from pre-complaint investigation, discovery, and trial, to appeal and post-appeal proceedings.

We are equally prepared for and comfortable in trials, settlements, arbitration, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. As no single course of action is best for all cases, we work closely with each client to determine the optimal path and zealously pursue it.

Our attorneys not only advocate, they lead — influencing and shaping governing legal principles in landmark cases.

With more than 20 attorneys, we are able to aggressively defend clients in complex product liability, toxic tort, municipal liability and other specialty liability litigation. Our smaller size, however, fosters an atmosphere of efficiency, responsiveness, and personal connection not found in larger firms.

We also advise clients concerning numerous issues outside of litigation. For example we provide counsel on employment best practices to avoid potential liability, interpretation of contractual obligations in commercial transactions, insurance coverage, and on an array of other legal needs. Our wealth of experience in defending claims in the courtroom provides a valuable perspective when advising clients on resolving disputes without the need to litigate.

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Additional Locations

  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • 10 Dorrance Street, Suite 700
  • Providence, Rhode Island 02903
    • Telephone: 877-737-7270
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1000 Lafayette Boulevard
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
    • Telephone: 203-683-6015

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Borg-Warner Automotive, Inc.
  • Gardner Denver, Inc.
  • Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • MIIA/Cabot Risk Strategies, LLC
  • Warren Pumps LLC

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Personnel Information

Partners


John J. Davis

Boston, MA

Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 1981
  • Rhode Island, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island, 2009
Education:
  • Tufts University, B.A. (cum laude), 1978
  • Boston University, J.D., 1981

John J. Cloherty, III

Boston, MA

Admitted
  • Rhode Island, 1993
  • Massachusetts, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
Education:
  • Providence College, B.A. (cum laude), 1986
  • Suffolk University, J.D. (cum laude), 1993

Judith A. Perritano

Boston, MA

Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1995
Education:
  • Clark University, B.A., 1985
  • Suffolk University, J.D. (cum laude), 1988

David C. Hunter

Boston, MA

Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 2001
  • New York, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2004
Education:
  • Roger Williams University, B.A., 1996
  • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., 2000

Adam Simms

Boston, MA

Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 1985
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education:
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1981
  • New York Law School, J.D., 1984

Meghan L. Riordan

Boston, MA

Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2007
Education:
  • University of New Hampshire, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1998
  • New England School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2001

Maria E. DeLuzio

Boston, MA

Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 1989
  • Connecticut, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Education:
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.S. (cum laude), 1985
  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 1988

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Associates


  • Seth Barnett
  • Edward S. Bertrand
  • Amanda M. Chaves
  • Katherine L. Connolly
  • Jason W. Crotty
  • Samuel R. Gates
  • Jacquelyn Shore Kaplan
  • Anne T. Khirallah
  • Corey J. Lavallee
  • Melissa M. Malloy
  • Marisa K. Roman
  • Carlie S. Seigal
  • John Wilusz

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Of Counsel


  • Gerald Fabiano
  • Mark J. Hoover
  • Charles K. Mone
  • Maureen L. Pomeroy
  • Andrew S. Russell

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Firm News & Articles

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High Profile Cases

Morgan v. Town of Lexington, MA, 823 F.3d 737 (1st Cir. 2016); Najas Realty, LLC v Seekonk Water Dist., 821 F. 3d 134 (1st Cir. 2016); Moore v. Town of Billerica, 83 Mass. App. Ct. 729, 989 N.E.2d 540 (2013); Doe v. City of Fitchburg, 76 Mass. App. Ct. 1106 (2010); Dinitto v. Pepperell, 77 Mass. App. Ct. 247, 929 N.E.2d 979 (2010); Anderson v. City of Gloucester, 75 Mass. App. Ct. 429, rev. den., 455 Mass. 1105 (2009); Jones v. Maloney, 74 Mass. App. Ct. 745 (2009); Comley v. Town of Rowley, 74 Mass. App. Ct. 1122, rev.den., 455 Mass. 1101 (2009); King v. Rivas, 555 F.3d 14 (1st Cir. 2009); McCarter v. Bi-County Collaborative, Inc., 73 Mass. App. Ct. 1115, rev.den., 453 Mass. 1108 (2009); Ciampi v Westerly, 598 F.Supp.2d 257 (Dist. R.I. 2009); Parker v. Hurley, 514 F.3d 87 (1st Cir.), cert. den., 555 U.S. 815 (2008); Doe v. East Greenwich Sch. Dept., 899 A.2d 1258 (R.I. 2006); Tilton v. Union Oil Co., 56 Mass. App. Ct. 901, 776 N.E.2d 455, CCH Prod. Liab. Rep. 16,421,(2002), review denied, 438 Mass. 1111, 785 N.E.2d 383; (2003); Brilante v. R.W. Granger & Sons, Inc.,55 Mass. App. Ct. 542, 772 N.E.2d 72; (2002); Mullin v. Town of Fairhaven, 284 F.3d 31 (1st Cir. 2002); Collins v. Nuzzo, 244 F.3d 246 (1st Cir. 2001); Cipollone v. Yale Industrial Products, 202 F.3d 376, CCH Prod. Liab. Rep. 15,740; (1st Cir. 2000); Brum v. Town of Dartmouth, 428 Mass. 684 (1999); Rogan v. Menino, 175 F.3d 75 (1st Cir. 1999); Carreiro v. Main Machinery, 68 F.3d 1443 (1st Cir. 1995); Allen v. Chance Mfg. Co., 873 F.2d 465, CCH Prod. Liab. Rep. 12, 1333; (1st Cir. 1989); Allen v. Chance Mfg. Co., 398 Mass. 32, 494 N.E.2d 1324, CCH Prod. Liab. Rep.11, 194; (1986); Simmons v. Merchants Mut. Ins. Co., 394 Mass. 1007 (1985), 476 N.E.2d 221; Carista v. Berkshire Mutual Ins. Co., 394 Mass. 1009 (1985)

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