Michael J. "Mike" Daly

Michael J. "Mike" Daly

Pierce Atwood LLP

Recognized since 2016

Providence, Rhode Island

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

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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 involving breach of contract, insurance coverage and bad faith allegations, personal injuries, liability under the Jones Act and General Maritime Law, vessel arrests and maritime attachments. In January 2014, he recovered a $2 million jury verdict for a client in a breach-of-contract case in Rhode Island Federal Court.

Mike understands that economic, business, and other factors frequently dictate the best course of action for his clients. He has tried, arbitrated, and otherwise litigated cases involving business contracts, Jones Act and general maritime law, claims for life, health and disability insurance benefits, construction defects and accidental death, among other issues.

Mike is a member of the firm's management committee. He also is a frequent author and speaker on topics including federal court practice and procedure, admiralty law, and insurance coverage. He has been an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University School of Law, where he taught federal court commercial litigation. He served on the faculty of the Rhode Island Federal Court Litigation Academy in 2017 and 2018. From 2015-2017, Mike was a co-chair of the local rules review committee for the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. He also is a co-author of the Local Admiralty Rules for the District of Rhode Island.

Contact & Links
  • One Citizens Plaza
    10th Floor
    Providence, RI 02903
  • Roger Williams University, J.D., graduated 2002
  • University of Rhode Island, MS , Marine Affairs, graduated 2002
  • University of Rhode Island, BS, Fisheries Science, graduated 1997
Bar Admissions
  • United States, Maine
  • United States, Massachusetts
  • United States, Rhode Island
  • American Bar Association - Member, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Admiralty Committee
  • Maritime Law Association - Member
  • Rhode IslandBar Association - Member

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Recognized by Chambers USA for Commercial Litigation since 2019
  • Ranked in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation since 2016
  • Listed in Rhode Island Monthly’s Professional Excellence in Law in the area of Aviation, Admiralty, Maritime and Transportation (2021)
  • Top 40 Under 40 by Providence Business News
  • Named a "Rising Star" by Rhode Island Super Lawyers
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Insurance Law

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