Dishonesty — The Pierce Bainbridge Way?
Pierce Bainbridge founder John Pierce calls out the FBI and USAO while claiming U.S. cities were “burned to the ground.”
John M. Pierce recently took to Twitter to once again call out the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and this time Pierce tacked on the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO.) The Pierce post dubiously claims United States cities were “burned to the ground” last summer. Notably, both Pierce, along with his former long time-co-name partner at Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht, David L. Hecht (Hecht Partners LLP), have had their honesty and ethics questioned. Pierce is the firm’s founder. Hecht was in charge of the firm’s largest office in New York. Was dishonesty the Pierce Bainbridge Way?
This apparent lack of candor aligns with remarks of Pierce’s ex-partner Christopher N. LaVigne (Withers Bergman, Withers Worldwide) who said of Pierce: “This guy talks out of every side of this mouth,” and “loses track of his lies.” LaVigne also suggested that Pierce is a coward.
Notwithstanding these opinions, LaVigne — pictured above with ex-Pierce Bainbridge partner Amman Khan (Withers Bergman, Withers Worldwide) — lied under oath for Pierce.
Khan, who was the firm’s Los Angeles Office Managing Partner, was reportedly subject of a bar complaint for alleged events while he was at Pierce Bainbridge. The complaint was summarily dismissed, per a communication from California State Bar attorney Scott D. Karpf.
As for David L. Hecht, LaVigne said Hecht would “toss dogs off of cliffs” if Pierce said it was a good strategy; another partner said Hecht was “like a cult member” to Pierce, and yet another ex-Pierce Bainbridge attorney said Hecht would blindly follow Pierce who Hecht “pitifully” believed in.
Pierce had big words when it came to the firm’s future.
The firm’s founder sang a different tune two years later when looking to quit on his clients in an ongoing litigation.
Hecht parroted Pierce’s bombast. In a January 2019 interview in Above the Law, Hecht pledged his allegiance to the John Pierce’s law firm “Ten Commandments” and added “we are fixated on global domination.”
Hecht and Pierce also both made Pierce Bainbridge a family affair.
- Kinza Hecht, David Hecht’s wife, worked as counsel for Pierce Bainbridge; Kinza now works for Hecht Partners.
- Alyze Pierce, Pierce’s ex-wife, assisted the firm in at least parts of 2018. This heavily sourced Daily Mail indicates that in July 2019 things took a severe turn for the worse.
Hecht’s has had his own issues with integrity. The former boss of Pierce Bainbridge’s biggest office in New York said he resigned in March 2020. As it turns out, documents revealed months later, show Hecht on work-related emails with John Pierce in July, August, September, October and November.
Given that Pierce Bainbridge issues include . . .
- “no less than $59,000,000” debt to litigation funder Virage Capital,
- $4 million money judgment against the firm,
- $3.5 million arbitration award against the firm,
- Pierce pilfering $2.5 million from a payday lender a month before Hecht Partners was formed, and
- several more lawsuits and debts allegedly not paid
. . . the question has been asked if perhaps David L. Hecht and Hecht Partners — where all of the partners are ex-Pierce Bainbridge — is essentially a Pierce Bainbridge 2.0, formed to perhaps attempt to evade massive debts? Hecht vehemently denies this.
Given Hecht’s denial, it’s worth noting that:
- a federal judge found Hecht ran afoul of the ethics rule for lawyers on dishonesty and misrepresentation
- an ex-Pierce Bainbridge associate accused Hecht of lying to a federal court,
- ex-clients of Hecht Partners testified under oath that Hecht deceived them into signing with his law firm
- ex-Pierce Bainbridge partners said Hecht spliced messages to create a false narrative to a federal court,
- Marc Mukasey quit as counsel for Hecht and others citing ethical concerns, and
- the business about Hecht claiming to resign Pierce Bainbridge in March 2020, and then showing up on emails with Pierce into at least November 2020.
- Background and/or court filings with back-up / supporting materials can be found here, here, here and here.)
We will wait for someone, anyone, to identify a United States city that was burned to the ground. In the meantime, we leave it to you to review the information provided, including the embedded links, and draw your own conclusions about the honesty and ethics of John M. Pierce and his long-time former co-name partner David L. Hecht.
The Pierce Bainbridge Way.