Hecht Partners, Pierce Bainbridge, The #Fightback Foundation & Kyle Rittenhouse: What’s Going On?

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Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP Founder John M. Pierce, lawyer for Kyle Rittenhouse, and former Pierce Bainbridge name-partner and New York Office Managing Partner David L. Hecht, who is now boss at Hecht Partners LLP

Ex-name partner David L. Hecht claimed to have resigned from Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP in March 2020. Yet, Hecht’s own post-“resignation” conduct is perplexing. First, Hecht scrubbed Pierce Bainbridge from his LinkedIn, then Hecht was “Counsel” for Pierce Bainbridge, and now the entry says Hecht was “Partner” at Pierce Bainbridge. Given the firm’s massive reported debt, the bevy of lawsuits against Pierce Bainbridge, the track record of questionable conduct, the controversy surrounding the #Fightback Foundation and “affiliated” law firms, Hecht’s behavior begs the question: What’s Going On?

(The screenshots below are from the “Experience” section of David L. Hecht’s LinkedIn page; the latter three were/are each below the representation that Hecht is the “Full-time” “Founding Partner” of Hecht Partners LLP.)

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Not only did Hecht initially scrub Pierce Bainbridge from his LinkedIn, but the landing page for the firm he founded makes no mention of his former firm. This is despite the fact that all six partners at Hecht Partners LLP were partners at Pierce Bainbridge.

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This is a screenshot from the landing page of the Hecht Partners website.

A reasonable question to ask: Did the Hecht Partners crew hope to be absolved from the massive obligations and potential liabilities facing Pierce Bainbridge?

A chronological timeline, primarily featuring David L. Hecht’s post-resignation on-goings, is interesting.

Timeline.

March 20, 2020. Hecht Partners LLP is formed.

April 9, 2020. The New York Law Journal reports on Hecht’s purported resignation from Pierce Bainbridge.

April 22, 2020. Law360 reports that Pierce Bainbridge has an estimated $65 million debt.

April 2020. As noted above, Hecht scrubbed “Pierce Bainbridge” from his LinkedIn and replaced it with “Litigation Boutique.”

May 4, 2020. A withdrawal filing signed by Hecht references his “departure” from Pierce Bainbridge.

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Filed in New York State Supreme Court, New York County, Index No. 653651/2018

May 13, 2020. In light of the above, Hecht makes curious statements during a hearing in the Southwest Airlines & Boeing Co. case venued in in a Texas federal court.

May 22, 2020. An ex-Pierce Bainbridge associate accuses David L. Hecht of lying to the Southwest & Boeing federal court; the associate had made a filing withdrawing Pierce Bainbridge from the case, Hecht later said it was filed in error. Hecht has denied the accusation.

Notably, in April 2019, Hecht was accused of violating the ethical Rule of Professional conduct on “dishonesty and misrepresentation;” a federal judge held that Hecht acted “inconsistent” with the honesty rule.

June 11, 2020. A filing by Hecht Partners in the Southwest & Boeing case says that the firm is a “successor” for Pierce Bainbridge. Pierce Bainbridge has not dissolved.

July 2, 2020. Hecht signs a filing in a patent case on behalf of Pierce Bainbridge.

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This is an excerpt from filing with the United States Patent & Trademark Office — Case No. IPR 2019–1575, US Patent № 9,075,612

July 9, 2020. As noted, “Litigation Boutique” is replaced with “Counsel (Former Partner)” on Hecht’s LinkedIn. (This change may have been made earlier.)

August 12, 2020. The #Fightback Foundation is formed in Texas. An early version of the #Fightback web page said donations were permitted to flow to “affiliated” law firms. After much scrutiny, this disclosure on the #Fightback web page appears to have been removed.

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This disclosure appeared on an early version of the Fightback web page. The current version does not appear to contain this disclosure.

September 13, 2020. A lawyer who co-founded the #Fightback Foundation says that “John Pierce’s extremely competent partner” will be involved with the Kyle Rittenhouse defense.

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The request for names appears to have been ignored.

This “extremely competent partner” is puzzling. One in particular reason, is that, as far as we know, the current iteration of “Pierce Bainbridge P.C.”, the fourth name of Pierce’s firm in less than four years, does not have any other partners. In fact, the recently launched “Pierce Bainbridge P.C.” website does not list any lawyers at all.

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Screenshot from the Team page today for the Pierce Bainbridge P.C. website

What To Make of This?

Some may say this is waffling. Some flip-flopping. Some may say it’s a shell game. Some something else altogether.

At the end of the day, however, it’s safe to say that breaking up for Hecht Partners and Pierce Bainbridge apparently seems hard to do.

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Whistleblower retaliated against by the Rudy Giuliani hired corrupt Pierce Bainbridge law firm. Harvard Law graduate. Sunlight needed. @DonLew87 on Twitter.

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