Justin L. Amos is an Associate with Pierce Davis & Perritano LLP.
His practice primarily focuses on litigation, trial, and appellate advocacy in defense of cities, towns, and other public employers in Massachusetts State and Federal Court. He routinely handles claims of negligence, premises liability, civil rights, discrimination, First Amendment, defamation, and employment matters. He has substantial experience handling all aspects of civil litigation at both the trial and appellate level. He is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Vermont, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Prior to joining Pierce Davis & Perritano LLP, Mr. Amos was an associate at a Boston-based defense litigation firm handling complex medical malpractice, professional liability, premise liability, and consumer-protection class actions. He also has experience defending financial institutions, businesses, and insurance companies in a wide range of complex civil litigation and commercial disputes. He began his legal career as a term law-clerk for the Honorable Arianne D. Vuono of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. While in law school, he interned for the Honorable Serge Georges, Jr., then of the Boston Municipal Court, and the Honorable Robert J. Cordy (ret.) of the Supreme Judicial Court.
Mr. Amos is also an Adjunct Professor at New England Law|Boston, where he teaches legal research and writing.
Burke v. Mayo, 2022 WL 11424908, at *1 (Mass. App. Ct. Oct. 20, 2022) (affirming motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim for alleged MCRA violation for Plaintiff’s denial of building permit by municipality’s building commissioner).
Burke v. Mayo, 101 Mass. App. Ct. 1121 (2022) (affirmingdismissal of state civil rights claims arising from denial of a buildingpermit)
Bache v. Town of Boxborough, 2022 WL 16551384 (1st Cir. Oct. 31, 2022) (affirming dismissal of civil rights and tort claims arising from a domestic dispute)
Awards & Honors
- Selected to Massachusetts Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” List, 2019-2022
- 3137 LLC et al. v. Harwich et al., 2022 WL 267435 (D. Mass. Jan. 28, 2022) (dismissing First Amendment, due process, equal protection, and tort claims brought against local licensing board related to liquor and entertainment license renewals)
- GGNSC Admin. Servs., LLC v. Schrader 917 F.3d 20 (1st Cir. 2019), certified questions answered 484 Mass. 181 (2020), aff’d sub nom, GGNSC Admin. Servs., LLC v. Schrader 958 F.3d 93 (1st Cir. 2020) (holding as a matter of first impression that wrongful death claims are derivative of personal injury claims such that pre-dispute arbitration agreements are enforceable against the both the estate and its beneficiaries)
- Katz v. Golden Gate Natl. Senior Care, LLC et al., 2019 WL 2914012 (D. Mass. July 8, 2019) (granting partial summary judgment in absence of proper expert testimony)
- Blake v. Hometown America Communities, Inc., 486 Mass. 268 (2020) (amicus counsel on issue of first impression whether time of entry into occupancy renders residents dissimilar for purposes of the Manufactured Housing Act)
- Ryan v. Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Corp., 483 Mass. 612 (2019) (amicus counsel on issue of first impression whether assisted living facilities are bound by landlord-tenant law)
- Commonwealth v. Machado, 91 Mass. App. Ct. 1117, rev. denied, 477 Mass. 1112 (2017) (reversing dismissal of criminal complaint)
- Commonwealth v. Alvarez, 89 Mass. App. Ct. 1121, rev. denied, 474 Mass. 1110 (2016) (affirming conviction for resisting arrest and various firearms offenses)
- Commonwealth v. Wilson, 89 Mass. App. Ct. 1120, rev. denied, 474 Mass. 1111 (2016) (affirming conviction for unarmed robbery that was based, in part, on use of Find My iPhone app)
- Desmond & Amos, Are Punitive Damages Insurable in Massachusetts? The Trial Court Says “Yes”,” March 2018 The Standard 12
- Amos, A Rock and a Hard Place: Marrying the Public Trial Right with the Waiver Doctrine, 51 New Eng. L. Rev. Forum Online Symposium 100, The Jurisprudence of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Robert J. Cordy (2017)
- Amos, Who Watches the Watchers?, Note, 50 New Eng. L. Rev. 319 (2016)
- Eldred & Amos, Penny for your thoughts—and my file, The Continuing Duty, Blog (October 2015)