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Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP is a top-tier business litigation law firm founded by a former partner and trial lawyer at Quinn Emanuel and Latham & Watkins, John M. Pierce. According to Vault’s 2019 rankings of America’s top-ranked law firms, Quinn Emanuel is the #1 ranked law firm in “Commercial Litigation” in the United States, and Latham & Watkins is the #5 ranked law firm overall in the United States. Maxim Price and David Hecht were also trial attorneys at Quinn Emanuel before joining Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP.
Carolynn Beck is a trial lawyer licensed in California, District of Columbia, and Virginia. After graduating USC law school, she was a fellow at the Commonwealth's Attorney's office in Norfolk Virginia. She has trial experience in complex commercial litigations in California courts. She is on the board of governors of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and on the governance committee of Military Spouse JD Network.
John Pierce and Jim Bainbridge each graduated from Harvard Law School with Mr. Pierce receiving the coveted honor of serving as Editor of the highly prestigious Harvard Law Review, and with Mr. Bainbridge receiving the coveted honor of being a finalist and prizewinner of Harvard Law School’s highly prestigious Marshall Club Ames Moot Court Competition.
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The percent of our prospective commercial litigation cases that we will consider accepting on a contingency fee or alternative fee basis when we are requested to do so
Our firm has one purpose — to fight and win on the modern litigation battlefield
We approach every single case with unparalleled dedication, precision, and creativity. The firm learns your business, knows its opponents, and does whatever it takes to win within the rules. Bet-the-company litigation presents an existential threat to your business. When involved in such a dispute, it is crucial to hire the best.
Our Team consists of some of the finest litigators from some of the best U.S. law schools and from some of the best law firms in the world. We provide our clients with a premium, collaborative litigation fighting force to vindicate their rights. Winning is our law firm’s motto — it is our mantra. Unlike nearly all other law firms, we will consider accepting select commercial litigation on a contingency-fee basis when we are requested to do so.
Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP deploys innovative technology and applies disruptive organizational principles to obtain the best litigation result on the modern-day litigation battlefield. From cutting-edge courtroom presentation to state-of-the-art mock trial techniques to effective and efficient electronic discovery tools and more, we strive to maximize our clients’ opportunities to prevail in the high-risk uncertain world of bet-the-company litigation against opponents that often have enormous financial and legal resources.
"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."
— 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.