Everyone’s true colors show eventually
The Pierce Bainbridge attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse perhaps may be viewed as a man of more than one face; video from a Roger Stone deposition, and the last several months for Giuliani, perhaps suggest they may be as well.
Former Rudy Giuliani lawyer and current Kyle Rittenhouse fundraiser John M. Pierce talks a big talk. Does Pierce back it up? Or does Pierce perhaps wear more than one face?
Does Pierce Have Some Roger Stone in Him?
Pierce and Roger Stone are connected through fundraising efforts for Doug Collins’ failed Senatorial run in Georgia. Video footage from a Stone deposition presents an individual we have not seen before. Stone appears belligerent, unhinged, nasty and does not take well to being challenged.
It has shades of John Pierce’s behavior on Twitter.
Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP
Pierce talks “Elite Litigators,” “Seal Team,” “Laser Focus,” “Mission Critical” and more. He talked this all about his pre-Rittenhouse Giuliani hired firm, Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht.
Pierce said it would become the most dominant law firm in the world. In reality, the firm precipitously tanked. While Pierce recently cast blame on his former attorneys, an ex-client of Pierce’s filed a sworn declaration earlier this month, which is enlightening.
A litigation funder who backed the firm, Virage Capital Management, recently said Pierce Bainbridge owes “no less than $59 million.”
Other lenders commenced legal action against the firm totaling approximately $5 million in alleged damages — Slate Advance, West Coast Business, Karish Kapital, Creative Funding — which total includes interest, and credits the firm for certain amounts paid.
A chart of the firm’s lending activity is illuminating.
Pierce talks big about defamation cases. In reality, Pierce Bainbridge did not win a single jury penny in a defamation case. The firm was involved in at least five defamation lawsuits. $0.00 were recovered.
A window into Pierce’s personal finances was provided in November 2019. Pierce prepared an income statement which said he (i) owed $90,000 to Citibank (ii) owed $1,000,000+ in taxes (iii) owed $27,000 to his ex-wife’s mother (iv) had $10,750 in the bank (v) estimated monthly expenses of $49,581 (vi) negative real estate and property value and (vii) no investment income.
Pierce chased the Rittenhouse representation and began feverishly soliciting donations from the general public. In the preceding months, there was a Pierce stint in rehab, reports of the approximate $70 million law firm debt, and a $4 million money judgment against Pierce Bainbridge and related entities.
There have been two Pierce related fundraising appeals for Rittenhouse. Both have had issues.
#FightBack raised donations for Rittenhouse, and while the Kenosha shooter did make bail, a disgruntled donor threatened a lawsuit while mentioning Pierce’s massive debts. Pierce responded by, as noted earlier, casting blame about his misfortunes on his former attorneys.
Questions have also been raised about #FightBack’s taxes. Pierce attempted to absolve himself; his statement is dubious in light of his own on-line activity. The post on the left is in December, the one on the right is in November.
There has been an accusation that Lin Wood — who was an original #FightBack Board member with Pierce — “stole” donations and unnecessarily kept Rittenhouse in jail longer than need be.
The allegation of criminal misconduct came from a Twitter account “owned and operated” by the Rittenhouse Family. Suspicions have been raised that perhaps Pierce may be behind the account. The post below is one of several of interest.
According the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “nine different online vendors” have bailed on supporting Rittenhouse fundraising efforts. The Rittenhouse Team recently claimed that 85% of the merchandise orders have been shipped. We are unaware of anything backing this up other than say so.
Rittenhouse donations continue to be processed via a PayPal platform.
A 90-second video created by Jennifer Sulkess speaks for itself.
Roger Stone made inflammatory remarks around the Capitol attack as well.
Pierce’s actions fall short of the image he portrays. The Stone deposition clip lays bare a bizarre and ugly side. As for Giuliani, his last several months of one embarrassment, after another, after yet another, is a far cry from the image he’d cultivated as “America’s Mayor.”
Is the tale of these three men a tale of men with different faces?
Addendum. For more details on issues with John Pierce, lawyers who’ve been connected to him and his firm’s $59 million debt to Virage Capital, check out, “Calamity Jane Meets the Law.”