Alan S. Pierce

Top rated Workers' Compensation attorney in Salem, Massachusetts

Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano
Alan S. Pierce
Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano

Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, Social Security Disability

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 1974

Education: Suffolk University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2010, 2012, 2014 - 2023

Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano

27 Congress Street
Suite 301
Salem, MA 01970 Visit website


Attorney Alan S. Pierce is a partner with the Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano law firm in Salem, Massachusetts. Regarded as one of the leading workers' compensation attorneys in the nation, Mr. Pierce devotes the bulk of his practice on assisting injured and disabled workers with their initial workers' compensation claim filings as well as with appealing any denied claims. He also handles Social Security Disability claims along with serious personal injury cases arising from another party's negligence or wrongdoing.

Throughout the course of his legal career spanning more than 45 years, Mr. Pierce has helped recover millions of dollars in total compensation and benefits for his plaintiff clients all across the state, but particularly in Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk and Norfolk counties. Whether dealing with workers' compensation, SSDI or personal injury claims, he delivers unmatched counsel and aggressive advocacy with the goal of helping his clients receive the full amount they deserve.

A recognized authority in workers' compensation law, Mr. Pierce has written extensively and conducted numerous lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region. He has also served on the Journal of Workers’ Compensation Editorial Board and has contributed to various reference publications, including Massachusetts Workers Compensation Law, Workers Compensation and the Law, and Workers Compensation Issues and Answers. In addition, he hosts a podcast on the Legal Talk Network covering workers' compensation law.

In his legal community, Mr. Pierce has held a number of leadership roles with the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and the organization's Workers' Compensation Committee, including serving as its president and chairperson, and he continues to serve on its Board of Governors. He is also the former chairperson of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Section as well as former member of its House of Delegates and Executive Management Board.

Among his other professional affiliations, Mr. Pierce is an active member and leader of several local, state and national legal organizations and their workers' compensation sections and committees. He also served two governor's appointments with the Workers' Compensation Advisory Council beginning in 1995 and ending in 2003.

Recognized for his professionalism and service, Mr. Pierce earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America each year from 2007 to 2010, and Fortune Magazine named him to its list of America's Premier Lawyers. He has also received top ranking from other peer-review sources, and he received induction as a Fellow with the American Bar Association's College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers.

Mr. Pierce graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government, and he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1974 from Suffolk University Law School.

Practice areas

Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Social Security Disability
  • 70% Workers' Compensation
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Social Security Disability

First Admitted: 1974, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:

  • Letteney's Case 429 Mass. 280 (1999)
  • Ryan's Case 447 Mass. 1111 (2006)
  • Kemp's Case 12 Mass App. Ct 964 (1981)
  • Firemans Fund Ins Co. v. Commonwealth 18 Mass. App. Ct. 129 (1984)
  • Phillips' Case 41 Mass. App. Ct. 612 (1996)
  • Kemp's Case 306 Mass 730 (1982)
Educational Background:
  • University of Massachusetts (Amherst) - Bachelor of Arts - Government, 1969
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Inducted in inauguaral class of the College of Workers' Compensation lawyers of the American Bar Association. Named to Best Lawyers in America 2006 through the present Chair of Workers' Compensation Centennial Commemoration 2011
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Alan has written extensively for various continuing legal education periodicals, including featyred articles in the Journal of Workers Compensation. For over 5 years his column From The Courts had appeared quarterly.He also authored a chapter for AmJur 3rd Proof of Facts for West Publishing.
  • 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)
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Alan is President of the Jewish Historical Society of the North Shore and is the author or editor of 2 books on local Jewish history. He currently serves as president of Temple B'nai Abraham in Beverly, Ma., 2005
  • In 2007 Alan was one of the inductees in the initial class of fellows of the College, established by the American Bar Association, Fellow, College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, 2007
  • Fellow - College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers - American Bar Association - inducted March 2007Host: "Workers' Comp Matters", Legal Talk NetworkNamed to America's Best Lawyers, 2007, 2008, 2009 ,2010Named to America's Premier Lawyers, Fortune Magazine, November, 2006Named Super Lawyer for Workers' Compensation, Boston Magazine, November 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 ,2008, 2009Speaker 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
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Alan is past of the American Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section, 2009
  • 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 SectionAmerican Bar Association- Workers Compensation CommitteeEssex County Bar Association, Vice Chairman 2007-2008, Board of Directors (2004-present) Salem Bar AssociationMember, Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy GroupWorkers' 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
  • Alan served as President of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys having previously served on its Board of Governors, Executive Committee and served as Workers Comp committee chair, Education committee chair, Legislative committee chair and Secretary.He has served on the House of Delegate of the Mass Bar Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Essex County Bar Association.He is also a member of the AMA's Task Force analyzing the use of the 6th Edition of the AMA Guides of Physical Impairment.Alan also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mass Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, 2004

Office location for Alan S. Pierce

27 Congress Street
Suite 301
Salem, MA 01970

Phone: 978-935-4632


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