Hundreds of major law firms provide litigation services.
A handful focus primarily on litigation.
A few have figured out how to win consistently.
Only one has been designed from the outset to embrace the fundamental disruptions of the digital age.
The next generation of litigation excellence is here.
Pierce Bainbridge is a top-tier litigation firm that is changing the way companies and individuals approach major disputes. We are relentless, creative, and aggressive, and we’re always on the hunt for strategic and tactical advantages that can benefit our clients and secure victory. Our team is composed of the finest trial lawyers from the best law schools who were trained at the biggest law firms in the world. We know how to win – and that’s what we do best. Attorneys at our firm have won jury verdicts and settlements totaling well over $3 billion dollars. We provide our clients with a high-stakes litigation force to vindicate and protect their rights.
We approach every case with unparalleled dedication, precision, and creativity. We learn our clients’ business, understand their disputes, analyze our opponents, and do everything it takes to obtain the best outcome possible. We know that litigation can be expensive, so we strive to handle cases in an extraordinarily efficient manner without compromising the outstanding quality of our work. Unlike our competitors, we’re always willing and able to devise creative and unorthodox fee arrangements that take account of the business needs of each of our clients.
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Our firm has one purpose — to fight and win on the modern litigation battlefield
Pierce Bainbridge uses innovative technology and disruptive organizational principles that were pioneered in the startup ecosystem to obtain the best litigation result on the modern-day litigation battlefield. From our agile project management and cutting-edge courtroom presentation to state-of-the-art mock trial techniques and effective and efficient electronic discovery tools and more, we give our clients every possible edge in the high-risk, uncertain world of high-stakes litigation.
Pierce Bainbridge was founded on the principle of passing this kind of efficiency on to our clients. We provide the same high-quality service available from other major law firms but at lower cost to our clients.
Our team of elite law firm attorneys have won at every level, and in every practice area, representing plaintiffs and defendants, Fortune 100 corporations, startup companies, massive investment funds, and high-net-worth individuals. No case is too small or too large, too simple or too complicated.
"Steve Jobs called the first computers a bicycle for the human brain. We've designed a law firm that serves as a fighter jet for the trial lawyer's mind."
— Global Managing Partner John M. Pierce
Won a jury verdict of $30 million for an LA-based real estate group in a two-week trial against the town of Mammoth Lakes, California in a contract dispute over development of a large hotel and condominium project at the Mammoth Yosemite Airport. Affirmed in full by the California Court of Appeal in a 66 page published opinion at 191 Cal. App. 4th 435 (2010). Over $2 million in attorneys' fees awarded for trial and over $1 million in attorneys' fees awarded for appeal. This was the 67th largest jury verdict in the United States in 2008 as determined by the Verdict Search Top 100 List, was the largest verdict in the history of Mono County, California, and was described as a "staggering verdict" by local media. The case was featured in Quinn Emanuel’s selection to the 2009 National Law Journal's Plaintiffs’ Hot List.
Obtained a favorable settlement after six weeks of jury trial in Fresno County Superior Court on behalf of a large security company and its CEO accused of fraud, breach of partnership, and breach of contract. Mr. Pierce examined six of the final seven witnesses at trial immediately prior to the case settling.
Represented Trust Company of the West against former portfolio manager Jeffrey Gundlach and his new company DoubleLine Capital. After a two month trial in Los Angeles, obtained a jury verdict finding in favor of TCW on its claims for theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and tortious interference with contractual relations. The jury also rejected Gundlach's oral contract claim for nearly half a billion dollars.
Represented major regional bank in action against major insurer involving $612 million in bank-owned life insurance. This case was the first litigation of its kind in the nation. Case settled for nine figures prior to trial.
Represented Marvell Technology and several of its executives against Jasmine Networks in summary judgment phase of highly publicized Silicon Valley trade secret litigation. After substituting in as counsel, Mr. Pierce led a team that secured voluntary dismissal of all individual defendants within a matter of weeks. Client ultimately prevailed at trial.
The month immediately following trial against the Town of Mammoth Lakes, won a jury verdict of $5 million including seven-figure punitive damages for prolific Hollywood producer Robert Cort (producer of Mr. Holland's Opus, Runaway Bride, Save the Last Dance, Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Jumanji, Cocktail and other hits) in a three-week trial against a hedge fund and its principal for breach of a Term Credit Agreement under which defendants committed to provide millions of dollars in film financing for Cort's film development agreement with Paramount. Affirmed in full by the California Court of Appeal at 2010 WL 3327823. Approximately $1 million in attorneys' fees were awarded collectively for both trial and appeal. The result of this trial was featured in The Hollywood Reporter.