John J. Cloherty III

Top rated state, local & municipal attorney in Boston, Massachusetts

Pierce Davis & Perritano LLP
John J. Cloherty III
Pierce Davis & Perritano LLP

Practice Areas: State, local & municipal, Civil rights, Employment litigation view more

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 1994

Education: Suffolk University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022

Pierce Davis & Perritano LLP

10 Post Office Square
Suite 1100N
Boston, MA 02109 Phone: 617-350-0950 Email: John J. Cloherty III Visit website

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John J. Cloherty III is a Partner at Pierce, Davis & Perritano, LLP. His practice is focused on litigation and trial advocacy in defense of individuals, corporations and governmental subdivisions and agencies in Federal court and in the State courts in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Mr. Cloherty represents public and private employers in defense of charges of discrimination before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.  He also is a frequent lecturer for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., having served as a panelist together with various members of the federal bench for the annual seminar entitled Trying Your First (or Next) Civil Case in Federal Court for many years.  Mr. Cloherty has represented numerous individuals, corporations, municipalities, schools and school districts, and other governmental agencies in defense of negligence, motor vehicle torts, product liability, premises liability, negligent security, medical malpractice, zoning and licensing disputes, and intentional tort claims. He has represented individuals and public employers under the Civil Rights laws of the United States and Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as the state and federal anti-discrimination laws. Mr. Cloherty has defended product manufacturers in claims of liability alleging defective Construction Equipment and Truck Campers. Mr. Cloherty has an active practice representing elevator maintenance and installation companies in personal injury lawsuits. His trial experience includes diverse cases such as First Amendment claims, cellular tower contract disputes, whistleblower retaliation claims, motor vehicle torts, and breach of contract claims arising from the construction of real estate subdivisions. He also garnered substantial trial experience in criminal law while serving as a State Assistant Public Defender for two years.

Practice areas

State, local & municipal, Civil rights, Employment litigation: defense, General litigation, Insurance coverage

First Admitted: 1994, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: http://www.piercedavis.com/profiles/john-j-cloherty-iii

Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • REPORTED DECISIONS INCLUDE: DiSano v. Argonaut Ins. Co., 178 A.3d 982 (R.I. 2018); Lief-Socolow v. Plymouth Rock Assurance Corp., 93 Mass. App. Ct. 1104, 103 N.E.3d 768 (2018); Chadwick v. Duxbury Pub. Sch., 475 Mass. 645, 59 N.E.3d 1143 (2016); Morgan v. Town of Lexington, MA, 823 F.3d 737 (1st Cir. 2016); Moore v. Town of Billerica, 83 Mass. App. Ct. 729, 989 N.E.2d 540 (2013); Dinitto v. Pepperell, 77 Mass. App. Ct. 247, 929 N.E.2d 979 (2010); Ciampi v Westerly, 598 F.Supp.2d 257 (Dist. R.I. 2009); Assoc. of Comm. Org. Reform Now v. East Greenwich, 453 F. Supp. 2d 394, (D. Mass. 2006) aff’d, 239 Fed. Appx. 612 (1st Cir. 2007); Doe v. East Greenwich Sch. Dept., 899 A.2d 1258 (R.I. 2006); McNiff v. Dracut, 433 F. Supp. 2d 145 (D. Mass. 2006). Lacava v. Lucander, 791 N.E.2d 358 (Mass. App. Ct.2003); Mullin v. Town of Fairhaven, 284 F.3d 31 (1st Cir. 2002); Collins v. Nuzzo, 244 F.3d 246 (1st Cir. 2001); Burnham v. City of Salem, 101 F.Supp.2d 26 (D. Mass. 2000); Standifird v. Town of Boxborough, 84 F.Supp.2d 213 (D. Mass. 2000); aff'd 230 F.3d 1347 (1st Cir. 2000); Rogan v. Menino, 175 F.3d 75 (1st Cir. 1999).
Honors/Awards:
  • Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory, AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteer Lawyer for Homeless
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Boston Bar Association; Rhode Island Bar Association
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • United States District Court, District of Rhode Island, 1994
  • United States Supreme Court, 1998
  • State of Rhode Island Bar, 1993
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1998
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1996
Verdicts/Settlements:
  • Lief-Socolow v. Plymouth Rock Assurance Corp., 93 Mass. App. Ct. 1104, 103 N.E.3d 768 (2018), 2018
  • DiSano v. Argonaut Ins. Co., 178 A.3d 982 (R.I. 2018), 2018
  • Morgan v. Town of Lexington, MA, 823 F.3d 737 (1st Cir. 2016), 2016
  • Chadwick v. Duxbury Pub. Sch., 475 Mass. 645, 59 N.E.3d 1143 (2016), 2016
  • Moore v. Town of Billerica, 83 Mass. App. Ct. 729, 989 N.E.2d 540 (2013), 2013
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Discussed First Amendment implications of local governmental regulation of signs, panhandling and public participation in government meetings, Speaker, “First Amendment Update: Signs, Panhandlers, Public Meetings”, 18th Annual MCLE-MMLA Municipal Law Conference , Municipal Lawyers, 2020
  • Discussed the Free Speech, Free Association, and Free Exercise of Religion rights of public employees in the workplace  , Speaker, “Public Employment Law Meets the First Amendment”, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 17th Annual Municipal Law Conference, 2019
  • This chapter introduces the reader to the basic requirements, types of claims, damages, and immunity available under 42 U.S.C. § 1983., Author, Chapter 12, “Damages Actions Under Section 1983,” published in Federal Civil Litigation in the First Circuit, MCLE, 2017
  • Municipal workplaces may take on the appearance of a “winter wonderland” as the winter solstice approaches.  Not everyone, though, shares in the joys of the season in the same way as everyone else. This webinar looks at the range of actions and displays that occur from the permitted to the prohibited to the uncertain, and seeks to provide assistance in crafting policies to guide municipal actions.  Also included is an update on the topic of religious apparel in the workplace., Co-Speaker for Webinar, “Personnel Holidays and Religion in the Municipal Workplace,” , International Municipal Lawyers Association,, 2015
  • Author, The Supreme Court's Vance and Nassar Decisions: The Burden of Proof in Employment Discrimination Cases and Other Developments, Aspatore Publishing, Thomas/Reuter, 2014 WL 343156 , 2014
  • Author, Navigating Municipal Employment Issue, A Discussion of Emerging Trends in Municipal Law, Aspatore Publishing, Thomson/Reuter, 2011 WL 6740832, 2011
  • Co-Author, Chapter 2: Massachusetts Rules of Evidence in the Federal Courts, MCLE, 2008
  • Discussed Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and related Local Rules in First Circuit, Faculty, Trying Your First (or Next) Civil Case in Federal Court , MCLE
  • Author, Note, The Serious Juvenile Offender in the Adult Criminal System: The Jurisprudence of Rhode Island s Waiver and Certification Procedures, 26 Suffolk U.L. Rev. 407 (1992), 1992

Office location for John J. Cloherty III

10 Post Office Square
Suite 1100N
Boston, MA 02109

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7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022

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