Fight! John Pierce -v- Lin Wood!
The Pierce Bainbridge founder takes shots at the Trump attorney from Atlanta. Fireworks just may be in store for the seemingly volatile duo.
Attorneys Lin Wood and John Pierce were on a #FightBack Foundation Board together raising funds for Kyle Rittenhouse. Pierce’s financial shambles messed that up, they went separate ways. Wood started talking about a Lizard Squad, Executions and some guy named Kappy. Pierce appears to have illustrated his financial desperation while actively hawking “bikinis and yoga pants” as Rittenhouse merchandise. Wood became a Legal Team Kraken lightning rod and urged Republicans in Georgia not to vote in the Senatorial run-off. With the preliminary results in, the Harvard Law School graduate is not a fan of Wood’s tactics. Pierce publicly shared his displeasure in a midnight hour tweet.
Any doubt that Pierce was referring to “The Great Lin Wood” — as he had previously referred to the Atlanta attorney — is removed by this gem of a video. (Hat tip: MeidasTouch)
In happier times, Wood took up for Pierce, he even called me — Don Lewis — out in September. The Atlanta attorney comically claimed that accusations against Pierce were “out of context.”
The inanity of the “out of context” claim is underscored by this heavily sourced article in the Daily Mail. The article says that Pierce apparently threatened to kill his ex-wife, and covers a slew of additional remarkably troubling and documented issues.
Many of Pierce’s financial woes— covered in concise, sourced, line-item points here — flow back to a firm he ran called Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP. The firm cratered under a $70 million debt just several months after Giuliani retained its services to assist with his problems related to Ukraine. Pierce’s co-named partners David L. Hecht and Max Price formed Hecht Partners LLP, his General Counsel Carolynn K. Beck went to Goldstein & McClintock, Jim Bainbridge formed Bainbridge Law APC. They all left prior to Rittenhouse.
The Pierce and Wood seeming fall-out takes on additional interest given questions raised about the #FightBack foundation. Although Rittenhouse was bailed out, one donor has reportedly threatened to sue and tax concerns have been raised as well. In response to those concerns, Pierce responded by claiming that he had “not been affiliated with FightBack for a few months,” a curious claim given Pierce’s own Twitter activity.
In addition to his affinity for Twitter, the embattled attorney appears to spend lots of time with the Rittenhouses, at least that’s what the photos below, as well as others, suggest. Given Pierce is no longer on the Rittenhouse defense — after concerns were raised about “ample opportunity for self-dealing and fraud”— it seems odd that the attorney is apparently still spending so much time in Wisconsin.
We’ve also previously noted that Wendy Rittenhouse recently signed a letter as Wendy “Mama Bear” Rittenhouse, and “Mama Bear” was the same moniker used by Pierce’s long-time 24/7 assistant and confidante Lauren Schaefer-Green.
In any event, a new issue popped up yesterday. As it turns out, Wendy Rittenhouse was apparently also raising funds through GoFundMe, but it looks like that hit a snag.
Lots of moving pieces, lots of fundraising, lots of Twitter accounts pushing the fundraising — as a matter of fact, we’ve been asked:
- if Pierce is operating more than one Twitter account and effectively having conversations with himself; and
- if the cash strapped attorney is using the Rittenhouse donations as a “personal slush fund.”
While we do not know the answers, both seem reasonable inquiries given the overall circumstances.
As for “The Great Lin Wood,” his social media activity has been downright wacky, like we said, a Lizard Squad and some guy name Kappy. Other than that, we’ll let a few of Wood’s tweets speak for themselves.
Other Twitter activity suggests that the Pierce’s missive last night was perhaps an escalation of a simmering “beef” between the attorneys.
Whatever the case may be, it’s hard not to view Pierce’s #GoAway message as an act of aggression.
Time will tell what’s in store, but given the players involved, it would perhaps be prudent to get the popcorn ready; and, of course, make other preparations to see if Wood, the foundation’s founder, will actually FightBack!