Dawn M. Piccirilli

Dawn M. Piccirilli is a Shareholder at Boyle | Shaughnessy Law whose practice is concentrated in civil litigation.  Dawn is an experienced and successful trial attorney with expertise in the areas of product liability, premises liability, hospitality litigation, employment and discrimination litigation, sexual and physical abuse litigation, construction defect and accident litigation, motor vehicle and trucking accident litigation, mortuary litigation, business litigation and bad faith litigation.

Dawn is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She has also been admitted pro hac vice into numerous other jurisdictions in both state and federal courts throughout New England.  In addition, she was recently appointed Special Assistant Attorney General to defend the Suffolk County District Attorney's office in employment and discrimination litigation in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Dawn has extensive trial experience, and has received defense verdicts in numerous cases involving claims of wrongful termination /retaliation / discrimination, product liability / breach of warrantyslip and fall /charitable limitations, and nuisance / premises liability.  She has also successfully argued before the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Dawn has been designated by several national companies as preferred counsel and frequently works with companies on pre-litigation claims. In addition, she has been retained by multiple corporations for contract review, and to provide advice and consultation relating to internal policies, employment conflicts, relationships and negotiations with third-party vendors, and internal investigations and reporting requirements.  She has also negotiated separation agreements and other employment contracts for companies and individuals.

Dawn is the Co-Chair of the Boyle | Shaughnessy Law Women’s Initiative.  She has lectured on a wide variety of civil litigation topics throughout the nation, and has given webinars for claims professionals and corporations.

Prior to joining Boyle | Shaughnessy Law, Dawn served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Dawn is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and of New England School of Law, where she served as the Jessup International Moot Court Coordinator.


  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • National Association of Insurance Women (Int’l)
  • Massachusetts Association of Insurance Women, Inc.
  • Boston Association of Claims Executives
  • Plymouth Bar Association


  • Top Woman of Law Nominee 2014
  • Top Woman of Law Nominee 2013
  • Who’s Who in the Legal Profession, Boston Business Journal, 2011

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  • New England School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Franklin & Marshall, B.A., 1992

Bar Admissions:

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts