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Workers Compensation, Personal Injury and Social Security Disability Attorney

Education

University of Massachusetts (Amherst) - Bachelor of Arts - Government, 1969
Suffolk University Law School (Boston) - Juris Doctor, 1974

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Alan S. Pierce

Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury and Social Security Disability

Alan S. Pierce is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and obtained a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. He is admitted to practice before the Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the Salem, Essex County and Massachusetts Bar Associations and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and its Board of Governors. He is currently President of the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG). He is the former chairperson of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Section on Workers Compensation. In 1995 Governor William Weld appointed him to the Workers Compensation Advisory Council and he was reappointed in 1998 by Governor A. Paul Cellucci. He is a past President of Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA). He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

He has lectured extensively on personal injury and workers compensation issues for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, National Business Institute, Professional Education Systems, Inc., Risk Management Society, Harvard School of Public Health, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and Massachusetts Medical Society, among others.

He has written and edited several publications including Massachusetts Workers Compensation Law, Workers Compensation and the Law and Workers Compensation Issues and Answers. He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Workers’ Compensation. He has been named to the WILG Top 100 Injured Workers Attorneys, WILG President’s “Dragon Slayer” Award, and featured in Best Lawyers for the past several years. He is a fellow of the College of Workers Compensation Lawyers. His podcast entitled Workers Compensation Matters can be heard on the Legal Talk Network. (www.legaltalknetwork.com)


  • July, 1993 - Present Law offices of Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano Boston and Salem, MA
    A five-member law firm concentrating in Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury and Social Security Disability law with an emphasis on the representation of Plaintiffs and injured workers before the Courts of the Commonwealth and the Department of Industrial Accidents.
  • 1985 - July, 1993 Law Offices of Pierce, Schneider & Ricci, P.A. Boston, Salem and Wakefield, MA
    Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury and Social Security Disability law.
  • 1976 - 1985 Law Office of Murphy & Beane Boston, MA
    Senior trial attorney in mid-sized defense firm representing self-insured employers and insurers in Workers' Compensation claims before the Department of Industrial Accidents and the Courts of the Commonwealth.
  • 1974 - 1976 Law Office of James D. Casey Boston, MA
    Trial attorney for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, responsible for the handling of Workers' Compensation defense, general liability defense and subrogation cases.
  • 1969 - 1974 Liberty Mutual Insurance Company Lynn, MA
    Outside claims adjuster responsible for the investigation and management of Workers' Compensation claims

  • Mass. Academy of Trial Attorneys, member of Workers' Compensation Committee (1992 - Present);
    Chairperson (1999-2002);
    Member Board of Governors (1999-Present);
    Chairperson Education Committee (2002-2003);
    Secretary (2002-2003);
    State Legislation co-chair (2003-2004);
    President- Elect (2003-2004);
    President (2004-2005)
  • Mass. Bar Association; chairperson of Workers' Compensation Section (1987 - 1989);
    Member House of Delegates, Mass. Bar Association (2004-2006); Member Executive Management Board (2005-2006)
  • American Association for Justice, member of Workers' Compensation Section
  • American Bar Association- Workers Compensation Committee
  • Essex County Bar Association, Vice Chairman 2007-2008, Board of Directors (2004-present)
  • Salem Bar Association
  • Member, Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group
  • Workers' Compensation Advisory Council, appointed by Governor William Weld (1995 - 1998);
    re-appointed by Governor A. Paul Cellucci (1998 - 2003)
  • Jewish Historical Society of the North Shore; President(2005-present)
  • Board of Directors, Consumer Justice Institute (2002-present)
  • Board of Advisors, Workers' Comp RX (2005-2008)
  • Lawyers' Committee Mass Coalition for Occupational Health

  • Kemp's Case 12 Mass App. Ct 964 (1981)
  • Kemp's Case 306 Mass 730 (1982)
  • Firemans Fund Ins Co. v. Commonwealth 18 Mass. App. Ct. 129 (1984)
  • Phillips' Case 41 Mass. App. Ct. 612 (1996)
  • Letteney's Case 429 Mass. 280 (1999)
  • Ryan's Case 447 Mass. 1111 (2006)

  • Top Ten List as to Why Injured Workers Retain Attorneys (with apologies to David Letterman), Journal Of Workers' Compensation, Standard Publishing Corp. (fall 2002)
  • Benefit Boosters: How To Increase Your Client's Workers' Compensation Rate, Journal of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (fall 2002)
  • The Impartial Medical Exam-Ten Years of Experience, Journal of Workers' Compensation, Standard Publishing Corp. (2002)
  • The Exclusive Remedy Doctrine, Journal of Workers' Compensation, Standard Publishing Co. (2002)
  • The IME - What's In An Acronym, The Journal of Workers' Compensation, Standard Publishing Corp. (1998)
  • Liens Under the Workers' Compensation Act, N.E. Law Institute (1983)
  • Direct and Cross Examination of Psychiatric Witness, Mass. Continuing Legal Education (1984)
  • Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Law (contributor), Professional Education Systems, Inc. (1986)
  • Massachusetts Workers' Compensation and the Law (contributor), Professional Education Systems, Inc. (1987)
  • Third Party Actions Under Section 15, Mass. Continuing Legal Education (1987)
  • Traps for the Unwary (contributor), Massachusetts Bar Association (1988)
  • The Employer's Role in Workers' Compensation Claims (Walking Through the Maze), Nat'l Business Institute (1988)
  • Workers' Compensation, Selected Issues (contributor), Mass. Continuing Legal Education (1989)
  • Selected Topics & Issues in Workers' Compensation Law (contributor), Professional Education Systems (1990)
  • The Experts View the Issues (contributor), Mass. Continuing Legal Education (1992)
  • Summary of 1991 Workers' Compensation Reform Act, Professional Education Systems (1994)
  • Psychiatric Disability Claims, Professional Education Systems (1995)
  • Compensation 'Boosters' Claims Under §§35B, 35C, 51, 51A, Professional Education Systems (1996)
  • Workers' Compensation Reform, a 5-Year Retrospective, Professional Education Systems (1997)
  • The IME - A Legal Prespective, 17th Annual Workers' Compensation Symposium (1997)
  • Direct and Cross Examination of Medical Expert Witness, 17th Annual Workers' Compensation Symposium (1997)
  • Increasing Your Client's Compensation Rate, Mass. Continuing Legal Education (1997)
  • Recent Development in Workers' Compensation Law, Professional Education Systems (1998)
  • Examining Medical Experts, The Journal of Workers' Compensation, Standard Publishing Corp. (1998)
  • Average Weekly Wage Issues, Mass Continuing Legal Education (1999)
  • The Massachusetts IME-Not Worth Emulating, The Journal of Workers Compensation, Standard Publishing Corp. (2000)
  • From The Courts - Developing Case Law from Across The Country. Published quarterly by The Journal of Workers' Compensation, Standard Publishing Corp. (2000-present)
  • Beyond Daubert:Admissability of Scientific Evidence, SEAK,Inc. (2002)
  • Point/Counterpoint: The Future of Workers' Compensation Reform, Mass.Continuing Legal Education (2002)
  • Cause Of Action To Recover Workers' Compensation Benefits Under 'Personal Comfort Doctrine' Or During Athletic, Recreational Or Social Activities. 22 Causes of Action 2d 163, Thomson West Publishing Co. (2003)
  • Exclusive Remedy Revisited, The Journal of Workers' Compensation, Standard Publishing Corp. (Fall 2005)

  • Fellow - College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers - American Bar Association - inducted March 2007
  • Host: "Workers' Comp Matters", Legal Talk Network
  • Named to America's Best Lawyers, 2007, 2008, 2009 ,2010
  • Named to America's Premier Lawyers, Fortune Magazine, November, 2006
  • Named Super Lawyer for Workers' Compensation, Boston Magazine, November 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 ,2008, 2009
  • Speaker on Workers' Compensation issues for Risk Management Society, Harvard School of Public Health, MCLE, Professional Education Systems, National Business Institute; Instructor in medical/legal issues for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, San Francisco (1993); New Orleans (1994); Speaker at national Workers' Compensation conference, Las Vegas (2001); ATLA convention Atlanta, Georgia (2002); Panelist, SEAK National Workers' Compensation Conference Hyannis (2002,2003).  Panelist, ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Conference, Chicago (2008)
  • Contributor to analysis of medical issues in Workers' Compensation claims published by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (1993); Editorial Advisor for Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Law, Standard Publishing Company (1998); New England Workers' Compensation Educational Conference, Newport R.I. (1999, 2000); Editorial board, The Journal of Workers' Compensation (l999 to present)
  • Recipient of the President's Special Recognition Award- Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys

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