James R. Erwin - Pierce Atwood LLP

James R. Erwin

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003
Phone: 207-791-1237

Jim R. Erwin leads Pierce Atwood's Employment Group. He 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 the defense at agencies and in court of all types of employment claims, including discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower claims, restrictive covenant and trade secrets enforcement, wage-hour claims and class actions, defamation, and labor arbitrations.

Jim counsels employers on a wide range of workplace issue, conducts training sessions on harassment and other workplace issues, and performs investigations for employers. He also advocates for employers before the Maine State Legislature and administrative agencies on selected, important issues of public policy.  


Additional Information

Areas of Concentration


Employment Litigation


Civil Litigation

Dartmouth CollegeAB 1975Boston University School of LawJ.D. 1978
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations CommitteeUniversity of Maine SystemSeeds of PeacePine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of AmericaPortland Regional Chamber of CommerceCollege of Labor & Employment Lawyers

Case History

Recent Experience

Defense of multi-plaintiff and class action wage-hour cases

Defense of Federal False Claims Act and Whistleblower claims in U.S. District Court for hospital

Defense of employment-related claims arising out of termination by hospital in receivership

Defense of age and disability discrimination claims arising out of hospital IT reorganization

Arbitration of labor disputes involving discharges, health benefits and clocking for hospital clients


Office Location

Merrill's Wharf
254 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the Portland-ME Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Portland-ME Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Portland-ME Metro Area
James R. Erwin has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!James R. Erwin has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!James R. Erwin has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Male