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John J. Aromando was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

John J. Aromando

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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David E. Barry was awarded 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

David E. Barry

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
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  • Location:
    Littleton, New Hampshire Camden, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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Peter W. Culley was awarded 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Peter W. Culley

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Environmental Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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Byrne J. Decker was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Byrne J. Decker

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - ERISA
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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Ralph I. Lancaster, Jr. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Ralph I. Lancaster, Jr.

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Litigation - Antitrust Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Construction Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - Construction
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Education Law Civil Rights Law Arbitration Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Arbitration Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Mediation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Construction
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Jotham D. Pierce, Jr. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jotham D. Pierce, Jr.

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Mediation Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Mediation Litigation - Banking and Finance
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Neal F. Pratt was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Neal F. Pratt

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Construction Law Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Lewiston, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Augusta, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Trusts and Estates
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Eric J. Wycoff was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Eric J. Wycoff

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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Jared S. des Rosiers was awarded 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Jared S. des Rosiers

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Commercial Litigation

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Commercial Litigation Definition

General commercial litigation involves virtually every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, partnership/joint venture disputes, class actions, business torts, civil RICO claims, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and shareholder issues. Successful commercial litigators need to be able to assess the merits of a dispute and scale either a prosecution or defense that fits the legal and business needs of the client. Efficiency, creativity, and sound judgment are critical for intelligently positioning these disputes, whether they are “bet-the-company” cases or more discrete matters. In addition, while all cases must be litigated with an eye toward ultimately trying them, seasoned commercial litigators understand that at all times they must strive to achieve the best possible result at a reasonable cost.

Litigation increasingly occurs in various venues, from state and federal courts to private arbitrations and administrative hearings. Proceedings can involve business-to-business disputes or any number of government agencies. Understanding the motivations and outlook of each of the litigation participants is important for determining weak points to exploit and strong points that will persuade the audience in question. During the past decade, commercial litigators have seen a dramatic uptick in multidistrict and inter-disciplinary litigation, making the stakes higher, the cases more complex, the parties more numerous and the discovery more complicated and unwieldy. Firms that are able to develop and implement a creative legal approach to each individual problem, efficiently focus on the key legal and factual issues, and master and manage the various aspects of these complex matters will be the busiest in the years to come.

In the current challenging economic climate, commercial litigators are under increasing client pressure to keep costs in check, which has both sides testing the efficacy of alternative fee arrangements and the scope of reasonable discovery. Whether the “death of the billable hour” is ultimately realized, the keys to a commercial litigator’s success will continue to be strong client relationships, thought leadership, practical management skills, deep experience, and personal commitment.
General commercial litigation involves virtually every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, partnership/joint venture disputes, class actions, business torts, civil RICO claims, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and shareholder issues. Successful commercial litigators need to be able to assess the merits of a dispute and scale either a prosecution or defense that fits the legal and business needs of the client. Efficiency, creativity, and sound judgment are critical for intelligently positioning these disputes, whether they are “bet-the-company” cases or more discrete matters. In addition, while all cases must be litigated with an eye toward ultimately trying them, seasoned commercial litigators understand that at all times they must strive to achieve the best possible result at a reasonable cost.

Litigation increasingly occurs in various venues, from state and federal courts to private arbitrations and administrative hearings. Proceedings can involve business-to-business disputes or any number of government agencies. Understanding the motivations and outlook of each of the litigation participants is important for determining weak points to exploit and strong points that will persuade the audience in question. During the past decade, commercial litigators have seen a dramatic uptick in multidistrict and inter-disciplinary litigation, making the stakes higher, the cases more complex, the parties more numerous and the discovery more complicated and unwieldy. Firms that are able to develop and implement a creative legal approach to each individual problem, efficiently focus on the key legal and factual issues, and master and manage the various aspects of these complex matters will be the busiest in the years to come.

In the current challenging economic climate, commercial litigators are under increasing client pressure to keep costs in check, which has both sides testing the efficacy of alternative fee arrangements and the scope of reasonable discovery. Whether the “death of the billable hour” is ultimately realized, the keys to a commercial litigator’s success will continue to be strong client relationships, thought leadership, practical management skills, deep experience, and personal commitment.