Unusual Pierce Bainbridge and Hecht Partners Attorney-Client Relationships
Tulsi Gabbard’s name apparently used in levying a threat, a “menace to the legal society” accusation, deceiving own clients, and more.
- A Congresswoman client’s name apparently being used to threaten to “fu*k up” a former spouse.
- An accusation that Pierce Bainbridge founder John Pierce is a “menace to the legal society.”
- A client perhaps being used by John Pierce as a prop to incite violence after the attack on the nation’s Capitol.
- A promise by John Pierce to handle a case with a “team of the best lawyers in the USA,” yet quitting a few months later.
- Ex-clients testifying under oath that they were deceived into signing engagement agreements with the Hecht Partners law firm.
- A recent filing perhaps invokes images of musical chairs, carousels and merry go-rounds with respect to these lawyers and law firms.
Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP — the law firm Rudy Giuliani hired for his issues in Ukraine — tanked as a law firm. Certain attorney-client relationships for the firm appear to have been be less than normal, Carolynn K. Beck; now of Goldstein & McClintock LLLP, was the firm’s General Counsel. Spin-off firms Hecht Partners LLP and Pierce Bainbridge P.C. have had issues as well.
Client Relationship Example #1
“Me and Tulsi will fu*k u fascist neo-nazi socialist mother fuckers up. Count on it. #USA.”
Pierce Bainbridge filed two loser “$50 million” lawsuits for Tulsi Gabbard; one against Google, and the other against Hillary Clinton. Former name-partner David L. Hecht signed the Clinton lawsuit. Techdirt.com said the complaint was “laughable” and Hecht should be “embarrassed.” Tulsi withdrew the lawsuit.
The Google complaint was filed on July 25, 2019. Just *two days* later, John Pierce appears to have used his client’s name to threaten his ex-wife.
Pierce’s former spouse obtained a second domestic violence restraining order after the texts. Notably, Pierce reportedly threatened to kill his ex-wife in 2016; he also spent time in a UCLA psychiatric facility.
Client Relationship Example #2
A former client refers to John Pierce as a “menace to the legal society.”
Another case handled by Pierce and his ex-partner Jonathan A. Sorkowitz had its own issues.
The ex-client reported Pierce to the California State Bar, referred to him as a “menace to the legal society, and requested disbarment. The bar complaint was dismissed, with the bar noting the option of pursuing the allegations with criminal authorities.
Client Relationship Example #3
A John Pierce client perhaps used as a prop to incite violence via a Pierce social media post the night of the Attack on the nation’s Capitol.
The Kyle Rittenhouse relationship is Pierce’s only, with spin-off firm Pierce Bainbridge P.C.
(Notably, while David L. Hecht claimed to have resigned from Pierce Bainbridge in March; emails surfaced earlier this month, which show Hecht on work-related emails with John Pierce in July, August, September, October, and November. Pierce was hired by Rittenhouse in August.)
Social media posts suggest that Pierce perhaps used Rittenhouse’s name in an effort to incite violence. Two illuminating posts are below; one is a post the night of January 6, 2021. Several additional posts from Pierce should be reviewed to supplement the picture.
Client Relationship Example #4
Pierce Bainbridge P.C. says it will handle the Rittenhouse criminal “defense with team of best lawyers in the USA,” months later the firm is off the case.
A John Pierce twitter post and a headline in the Chicago Tribune tell the story.
Client Relationship Example #5
“Plaintiffs testified under oath at their depositions, that Mr. Hecht deceived them into signing papers with his law firm [Hecht Partners] and with the departed Sussman Godfrey firm.”
The quote above is from a November 2020 filing by ex-Pierce Bainbridge partners at another firm. The case at issue was a RICO Class Action involving the Boeing 737 Max airline. Hecht Partners is no longer on the case. But John Pierce has moved to appear through Pierce Bainbridge P.C. after Pierce Bainbridge Beck Hecht & Price LLP and its “successor” firm Hecht Partners were both off the case. More on the Boeing case is covered in a “Rotating Fleet of Law Firms?”
It is this, perhaps, that invokes images of musical chairs, carousels, and merry go-rounds. A recent filing in yet another case is notable.
Pierce and Pierce Bainbridge are the “prior counsel,” Hecht also worked for the “prior counsel.” Hecht is back in the case, after things allegedly broke down with the “prior counsel,” but Hecht is now with Hecht Partners, not with “prior counsel,” where Hecht also worked. I think that’s it, but don’t hold me to it. Read for yourself.
If your head is spinning, you are likely not alone.
Perhaps these are the things lawyers do when their original firm is facing a slew of lawsuits, has creditors and potential creditors all over town, and with Virage Capital recently confirming that Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP owes the funder “no less than $59 million.”
Be that as it may, one thing seems clear: there have been some unusual attorney-client relationships for these attorneys.