Joel F. Pierce Announces his Retirement from the Practice of Law


June 26, 2018 – Boston, Massachusetts –  Joel F. Pierce will be retiring in June 2018 after more than four decades of practicing law, the last 20 at Pierce Davis & Perritano LLP, the firm he co-founded.

Joel began practicing law in 1976 with the Boston firm of Morrison, Mahoney & Miller, where he became a senior partner. In 1998, he joined John Davis, Judith Perritano, and the Honorable Elizabeth Fahey in founding Pierce, Davis, Fahey & Perritano LLP, now Pierce Davis & Perritano. Joel has extensive experience in litigating cases in both state and federal courts throughout New England.  His experience includes all phases of discovery, through trial and appeals and spans a broad spectrum of product liability and toxic tort cases, including consumer and recreational products, industrial products, aviation and transportation, chemicals and other toxic substances. Recognized for his accomplishments by his peers and clients, Joel has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has consistently been listed in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers.

The success of PDP can be directly attributed to Joel’s talent as an attorney and his character as an individual. His advocacy skills and dedication helped to build PDP and establish the firm’s product liability and toxic torts practice.  Joel is also responsible for inspiring many individuals to join the legal profession and training new attorneys in the art of litigation.

“Joel has served as a mentor to many of us, and most particularly me” said Judith Perritano, PDP’s managing partner. “For that, I cannot thank him enough. Joel’s professionalism, easy-going demeanor and kind heart have truly made PDP a great place to work. He leaves us with a proud and lasting legacy.”

He also fostered a spirit of giving at the firm through activities such as the annual AIDS Walk team and the Legal Food Frenzy to support the Greater Boston Food Bank.  In honor of Joel’s commitment to serving his community and mentoring those around him, PDP has sponsored a Greater Boston Legal Services summer law student in Joel’s name. GBLS Executive Director Jacquelynne Bowman said, “We are grateful to be able to train and mentor the next generation of committed, expert attorneys thanks to thoughtful contributors like Joel.”

We wish Joel and his family all the best.


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Kirsten Lovett

Pierce Davis & Perritano LLP