Kyle Rittenhouse is free. The $2 million bond posted. He’s in the photo with his Pierce Bainbridge lawyer John M. Pierce and former Silver Spoons actor Ricky Schroeder. Rittenhouse shot and killed two people. Pierce has been the subject of two domestic violence restraining orders. Schroeder was arrested twice in 2019 related to domestic violence accusations.
Pierce is a Harvard Law School educated attorney. Sworn court filings of his ex-wife, also a Harvard Law graduate, paint a picture of a seemingly troubled and violent individual who caused her to fear for her safety, as well as the safety of their children.
On Pierce and violence, a sworn public declaration by Pierce’s former spouse says he lost his job at the K&L Gates law firm for physically assaulting a co-worker; Pierce is the “Respondent” in the screen shot from the public filing below.
In 2016, his ex-wife obtained a first domestic violence restraining order against Pierce. At the time, she was apparently warned that John Pierce expressed an intense desire to kill her. Pierce denies the accusation. A screen shot from her publicly filed declaration. . .
The Pierce Bainbridge founder was the subject of another domestic violence restraining order in 2019. Pierce sent “over 60” threatening text messages to his former spouse, in the middle of the day, with two other individuals on the text chain.
Samples of the publicly filed Pierce texts are below. “Tulsi” is presumably a reference to Tulsi Gabbard, Pierce’s firm filed a loser complaint against Google for the Hawaiian Congresswoman two days before the texts.
Naturally, like his client Rittenhouse, Pierce apparently likes guns. In addition, his ex-wife was concerned that John Pierce may harm his own children. An excerpt from a publicly filed July 2019 sworn declaration is below.
As for Rittenhouse, Pierce will presumably have a good deal of contact with the Kenosha shooter. Ricky Schroeder likely simply made a cameo; the former Silver Spoons star, who also appeared as a young boy in the classic movie The Champ, reportedly donated for Rittenhouse’s bail.
One wonders what type of influence Pierce will have over the 17-year old.
Notably, seeming violent tendencies are not where Pierce’s issues end. In addition to his admitted problems with “substance abuse and other addictive behaviors,” and his ex-wife specifically noting in the public filing above Pierce’s problems with “cocaine,” a compilation of news about the attorney and his law firms is illuminating. Also intriguing is an article concerning a warning Pierce received about potentially “ending up in jail” like disgraced lawyer Marc Dreier. Both links should be helpful for folks looking to get up to speed.
There is more still; Pierce’s finances appear to be a mess. The lawyer has been accused in a public filing of breaching child support obligations; and, at some point during the last approximate year, Pierce and/or his law firms have been sued by, or owed money to, the individuals and entities listed below. (A $3,600 default judgment request against Pierce’s firm was publicly filed just last month.)
- Citibank. Pierce $90,000.
- Taxes. Pierce over $1,000,000.
- Ex-Wife’s Mom. Pierce $27,000.
- Virage Capital Management. Pierce’s firm $65,000,000.
- Karish Kapital. Lender has judgment v. Pierce’s firm $4,000,000.
- Creative Capital Funding. Lender sued Pierce’s firm, $224,000.
- Slate Advance. Lender sued Pierce’s firm, $286,000.
- West Coast Business Capital. Lender sued Pierce’s firm, $169,000.
- Neoscape International. Vendor sued Pierce’s firm, $85,000.
- Transperfect Legal Solutions. Vendor sued Pierce’s firm, $135,000.
- First Legal Network. Vendor sued Pierce’s firm, $36,000.
- Pivot Legal Services. Vendor sued Pierce’s firm, $8,300.
- AAA Attorney Services. Vendor sued Pierce’s firm, $3,600.
All of the lawsuits above involve events related to Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht (“Pierce Bainbridge”); Pierce is representing Rittenhouse under “Pierce Bainbridge P.C.”
Pierce Bainbridge appears to have had a top-down ethics and honesty issue. Illustratively, Pierce’s ex-long time named-partner David L. Hecht was recently exposed when three ex-clients said in sworn testimony that Hecht deceived them into signing with his firm Hecht Partners LLP in the Boeing 737 Max case.
In one instance, Hecht is accused of pretending to be a partner at another law firm, which he had nothing to do with, in order to dupe the ex-client into signing with Hecht Partners. (Excerpts from the deposition testimony are remarkable.)
Pierce Bainbridge’s long time ex-General Counsel, Carolynn K. Beck, is now at Goldstein & McClintock. Beck’s had interesting issues as well, including a pending motion which accuses Beck of suborning perjury and spearheading a fraud on a court.
And then there is the ex-partner, Denver G. Edwards, now at Bradford Edwards & Varlack. Edwards publicly said New York State Attorney General Letitia James “lies in her cases,” and then lied under oath to do John Pierce’s bidding.
The bottom line is that Pierce’s firm appears to have been riddled with dishonesty and less than ethical behavior; one hopes that Rittenhouse’s lawyer will not encourage similar conduct from his presumably impressionable 17-year old client.
Kyle Rittenhouse is free.
Rittenhouse would be well suited to stay out of trouble.
John Pierce appears to find trouble, and trouble seems to find John Pierce.
Recent chatter suggests that John Pierce, the ex-lawyer for Rudy Giuliani, who publicly says Rudy is a “close friend,” may have even more trouble on the horizon.
Time will tell.