PORTLAND, Maine — Portland-based Pierce Atwood, already the largest law firm in northern New England, will add a prominent Rhode Island firm to its stable next month in a move that will expand its footprint in the southern part of the region, it announced Thursday afternoon.

The law firm of Little Bulman Medeiros & Whitney will join Pierce Atwood LLP on Dec. 9, creating a joint firm that will employ 145 attorneys spread out over Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The combined firms will practice under the Pierce Atwood name.

“Their exceptional credentials in the construction law arena will combine with our strong construction practice to create a regional practice that will provide highly competitive expertise, depth and value throughout New England and beyond,” said Gloria Pinza, managing partner of Pierce Atwood, in a statement Thursday.

“Pierce Atwood is one of the most established and highly respected firms in New England. For more than 20 years, we have worked diligently to provide our clients with the best legal advice and the best value,” said John Bulman, a partner at Little Bulman, in a statement. “This will deepen our expertise and capacity throughout New England for both litigation and transactions.”

The 120-plus-year-old Pierce Atwood boasts a number of high-profile names on its roster, including former Gov. John Baldacci, who serves as a government relations advisor at the firm, and former Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court Daniel Wathen. Former Pierce Atwood attorney William Kayatta Jr. was named a judge on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last spring.

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.