Hecht Partners LLP, Goldstein & McClintock LLLP and Bradford Edwards & Varlack LLP are homes for some of the ex-Pierce Bainbridge partners who saddled up with firm founder John Pierce — ex-lawyer for Rudy Giuliani and current lawyer for Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse — and came for me.
Over two years ago, I blew the whistle on financial foul play at Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP where I was a partner. I was viciously retaliated against by a law firm that proved to be a cesspool of lies and deceit. Perhaps fittingly, after I was gone, Rudy Giuliani hired the firm; corruption follows Rudy, and corruption appears to have been the Pierce Bainbridge way. I said Pierce Bainbridge was a financial “house of cards,” that would “collapse,” as a long-time former attorney said, I called it “100% correctly.”
Notwithstanding my truth-telling, certain of my former partners continue to be dishonest in an effort to smear and discredit me, as well as avoid accountability and liability for their misconduct.
The Deceitful Behavior of Ex-PB Named-Partner David L. Hecht
For example, ex-named partner David L. Hecht — founder of Pierce Bainbridge spin-off firm Hecht Partners LLP— has been untruthful to deflect from his own inadequacies. Hecht has even hired lawyers in Ireland, New Zealand and New York City, to threaten, harass and spew nonsense presumably fed to them by their client.
Most recently, it appears Hecht may have suggested I knowingly published sealed materials filed in the Boeing 737 Max lawsuit. To the contrary, I have no involvement in that litigation and I obtained the materials from the public docket.
The materials appear to have struck a nerve because as they involve sworn testimony from Hecht’s own former clients in the Boeing 737 Max case saying under oath that Hecht deceived them — examples of the publicly available damning deposition excerpts are here.
Even though Hecht Partners is out of the case, Hecht has asked the court to remove transcripts from public view. In a response filed this week, other lawyers say there is no legal basis to bury the materials; and that Hecht’s apparent concern about being “embarrassed” is irrelevant.
Stated differently, they basically said David “Gladiator in a Suit” Hecht needs to man up.
Take a look for yourselves — a link to the public filing is here as well.
As you likely noticed, I’m mentioned in the response filing. While the Hecht original filing is not publicly available, given prior issues raised about Hecht’s ethics and/or honesty from a (i) judge, (ii) ex-associate, (iii) ex-partners and (iv) ex-clients, one wonders what he may have spewed in an effort to avoid accountability for his conduct.
To be clear, this is not garden-variety misbehavior, but the Hecht Partners founder’s own clients (i) agreed Hecht was “deceitful,” (ii) said Hecht was “untruthful,” and/or (iii) suggested Hecht pretended to be a partner at a firm where he does not even work. Hecht’s efforts remind of a child who hides a toy behind the couch after breaking it. But I digress. . .
My Allegations of Financial Malfeasance Were Right on the Money
Hecht’s poor behavior aligns with the pervasive misconduct at Pierce Bainbridge where he was a named-partner for two years and in charge of the firm’s New York Office.
Illustratively, back in August 2019, Forbes covered my views on the firm’s finances. The subject article said that a lengthy complaint I filed set forth “explosive and detailed allegations of serious financial improprieties,” including failure “to pay debts as they became due,” and “manipulating clients with gifts.” A 90-second video provides an overview of issues. Take a look at the video, draw your own conclusions; it is fascinating.
As noted, issues with Hecht’s ethics have come up from a variety of sources, but he was not the only one at Pierce Bainbridge. It appears to have been a top-down issue; for example, the firm’s ex-General Counsel Carolynn K. Beck, now a partner at Goldstein & McClintock, has been accused of spearheading a fraud on the court and suborning perjury in my cases, a sanctions motion is pending.
Beck was also the lead internal lawyer when the firm filed a pro se complaint against me in Los Angeles with lies in virtually every paragraph, as well as when ex-partners Denver G. Edwards (Bradford Edwards & Varlack) and Christopher N. LaVigne (Withers Bergman / Withers Worldwide) lied under oath to smear me and do John Pierce’s bidding.
Perhaps indicative of the depths of the ethical culture under Carolynn K. Beck’s General Counsel watch, are events surrounding lawyer Marc Mukasey’s relationship with the firm. Mukasey was an outside lawyer for Pierce Bainbridge from around June 2019 until he quit in March 2020.
Mukasey is not just any lawyer, Yahoo described him as the “lawyer at the center of the Trump universe,” and as “close friends with Rudy Giuliani.” Mukasey quit representing Pierce Bainbridge citing ethical concerns with continued representation. As I have said before, regardless of your political leanings, a lawyer closely affiliated with Team Trump and Rudolph Giuliani essentially saying the ethical bar it too low, is not a good sign.
Virage Millions & Shady Clients
Mukasey also noted concerns about payment as he exited; as it turns out, Virage Capital Management — a litigation lender who provided financial fuel to Pierce Bainbridge after I was gone — apparently stepped in to pay the legal bills for his replacement counsel. Virage had funded Pierce Bainbridge starting April 2019, by April 2020 reports of a $65 million debt surfaced, yet Virage apparently still jumped in to pay Pierce Bainbridge’ legal bills so they could continue to lie about me.
There are several oddities and unknowns around the Pierce Bainbridge and Virage situation. Indeed, just for starters, Virage investing $65 million into a fledgling law firm, with no track record of success, and a bevy of red flags, is a “ Money Mystery” that is difficult to reconcile. The presence of Giuliani, and three felons as Pierce Bainbridge then clients — Michael Avenatti, George Papadopoulos and Len Dykstra — does little to quell suspicions.
The Lack of Integrity and Absence of Accountability Continue
Avenatti was arrested while accompanied by an ex-Pierce Bainbridge partner at a California State Bar disciplinary hearing in January. On the topic of felonious attorneys, a lawyer named Robert Barnes has skewered John Pierce about the Kyle Rittenhouse case, and refers to Pierce Bainbridge founder as the “Michael Avenatti of the right.” Similarly, a seasoned New York City lawyer two years ago warned Pierce about following the path of former lawyer and convicted felon Marc Dreier who “ended up in jail.” Pierce may very well be trending that direction; time will tell.
A passage from my May 2019 complaint provides a summary snapshot of the allegations of financial malfeasance.
Let’s see how things have worked out.
- “Lying to his partners.” Over 30 of John Pierce’s partners quit in a matter of months, leaving him with none.
- “Lying to the press.” The press finally caught up with Pierce’s nonsense about becoming a “dominant global law firm,” among a myriad of additional falsehoods.
- “Lying to his clients.” Several clients broke off relations with Pierce Bainbridge. One ex-client reported Pierce to the California State Bar, the complaint was dismissed, but a neutral mention of potentially contacting criminal authorities was included. Another ex-client has accused the firm of running a “Ponzi Scheme.” A similar question has been raised about Pierce by a criminal lawyer.
- “Lying to investors.” Virage Capital was reported be owed $65 million after investing in the firm. In addition, four cash advance providers have sued the firm for an aggregate amount in the millions.
- “Self-destructive habits.” Pierce has copped to rehab for “substance abuse and other addictive behaviors.”
- “Unable pay his substantial taxes.” A Pierce filing in November 2019 shows he owed over $1 million in taxes. The Pierce filing also says he owed: (i) $90,000 to Citibank and (ii) $27,000 to his ex-wife’s mother.
- “Unable to pay his alimony.” Filings in his marital proceedings say Pierce breached alimony and child support obligations.
John Pierce is a a phony and, it says here, he will be exposed as such in the Rittenhouse case in due course.
As for my former partners, they all rode with John Pierce until the firm was in a free fall and the money apparently dried up. Scores of attorneys started after them, scores of attorneys left before them. Unlike two principled associates who’ve come forward and exposed Carolynn K. Beck and David L. Hecht, none of my former partners, or anyone else associated with the firm, has stepped up.
My former partners’ long-time affiliation with John Pierce, as well as their silence — even after learning of Pierce’s horrifyingly disturbing behavior vis-à-vis the mother of his children — speaks volumes about who they are as people. They hitched their wagons to John Pierce, they rode with John Pierce until the money dried up, and now they stay silent for John Pierce, or in some cases, continue to actively saddle up with Pierce in efforts to smear me. As I said, it speaks volumes.
I said Pierce Bainbridge was a house of cards that would collapse, a cesspool of lies and deceit, I was right on the money.
I will continue to fight to shine sunlight on the wrongdoers and expose the corruption.
Cover of darkness should not be ok for David L. Hecht deceiving his own clients, cover of darkness is not ok for the corruption that took place at Pierce Bainbridge, cover of darkness is not ok for the unethical behavior that continues to be a calling card for certain individuals who were associated with the firm.
What’s done in darkness always comes to light.
My fight for justice continues.