BILLS! BILLS! BILLS! It is still unclear why John Pierce was fired, but Rittenhouse billing information has surfaced.
The terminated Pierce Bainbridge attorney apparently led a team that billed “well over $350,000” to unsuccessfully fight the Rittenhouse extradition.
Attorney John Pierce was reportedly fired by Kyle Rittenhouse on Monday for unknown reasons. New information has surfaced from an account reportedly controlled by the Rittenhouse family which elevates the intrigue. According to the account, a Pierce led failed extradition fight ran up a tab of “well over $350,000.” A fight which some believe was misguided from the start.
It is worth noting that Pierce’s massively indebted law firm — Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht — was accused of improper billing practices a little over a year ago. Len Dykstra was the firm client, the case was in Los Angeles, Pierce’s long-time ex-side kick David L. Hecht of Hecht Partners, represented Dykstra in another case in New York. (A 90-second captivating video by Jennifer Sulkess sheds light on the troubling finances at Pierce’s pre-Rittenhouse firm.)
In New York, Hecht failed at saving Dykstra’s defamation case from getting thrown out with the court basically saying Dykstra’s reputation was so bad it was legally impossible to defame him. While Hecht, claimed to have resigned from Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht in March, it was revealed last month that he still appeared on work-related e-mails with Pierce through at least November 2020.
In the Los Angeles Dykstra case, the Pierce Bainbridge adversary said billing statements submitted by the firm showed attorneys billing “over 24 hours of time on a single date.”
As for Rittenhouse, on October 27, 2020, three days before the extradition hearing, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Pierce expected to present five witnesses.
“Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyers expect to call his mother and four experts to testify at a hearing Friday on Wisconsin’s efforts to extradite him to face homicide charges in Kenosha.”
The same day, October 27, 2020, Pierce claimed the extradition hearing would be historically significant. Read his tweet for yourself.
On the day of the hearing, however, Pierce called zero witnesses and the evidentiary portion reportedly lasted “less than thirty seconds.” Excerpts from ABC News are enlightening.
- “At Friday’s hearing, Rittenhouse’s lawyer said he had a change of heart since notifying the court that he planned to call witnesses, including Rittenhouse’s mother. Instead, John Pierce focused on what he called “fatal defects” in extradition papers.”
- “Without witnesses from either side, the part of Friday’s hearing meant for evidence and testimony lasted less than 30 seconds, when Scheller handed the judge Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signed warrant calling for Rittenhouse’s extradition.”
Pierce then took to Twitter with excuses, and a lawyer critical of Pierce from the outset called Pierce out.
We now know that:
- Pierce said the extradition hearing would be historically momentous.
- Pierce said he expected to call 5 witnesses.
- Pierce called zero witnesses.
- Pierce lost extradition.
- Pierce failed to file a timely appeal.
- Pierce and team reportedly racked up “well over $350,000” in unsuccessfully fighting extradition.
- Pierce’s firm was accused a little over a year ago — based on actual billing statements — of having attorneys billing over 24 hours in a single day.
We also now know this . . .
Skepticism about Pierce was heavy from the moment news became public that he was involved with Rittenhouse. While the reasons for Pierce’s termination remain a mystery, we leave it to you to decide if the skepticism was justified.
Addendum: Additional details on Pierce, his severe financial issues, lawyers who’ve worked with him, and the “no less than $59 million” his law firm owes Virage Capital Management, are included in “Calamity Jane Meets The Law.”