Robert Peirce

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Robert Peirce, III
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Born (1970-05-23)May 23, 1970
Nationality United States of America
Occupation Attorney

Rob Peirce is an attorney at Robert Peirce and Associates P.C., a plaintiff’s law firm based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

As an attorney at Robert Peirce & Associates, Peirce represents clients on issues relating to personal injury and violations of individual rights. In 15 years of practice he has worked on a variety of cases, seeking compensation for clients in both small and large settlements. Peirce has been involved in several publicly recognized lawsuits and been quoted extensively in the national news media.

Career[edit]

Peirce is a trial lawyer at Robert Peirce & Associates PC, a law firm comprising eleven attorneys and based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A plaintiff’s firm, Robert Peirce & Associates represents clients throughout Western Pennsylvania on a wide range of claims including personal injury, nursing home neglect and abuse, class actions, prescription drug claims, food poisoning, mesothelioma, asbestos, railroad law, social security disability, worker’s compensations, employee rights, veteran’s benefits and childhood lead paint litigation. Most recently, the firm earned a major legal victory when a Federal Court ruling granted abused or neglected patients the right to sue county-run nursing homes for violations of federal rights.

After law school, Rob Peirce joined the firm his father founded in Pennsylvania and has since worked primarily with personal injury, nursing home neglect and abuse and social security disability claims. During his career at Robert Peirce & Associates, he has been involved in a number of high-profile cases that received national attention.

After winning several large settlements for clients, Peirce was named to both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious group of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.[1]

Noteworthy Cases[edit]

Peirce and his firm are currently pursuing a civil rights class action against the Allegheny County Jail alleging that the jail's practice of conducting blanket strip searches of misdemeanor detainees before they go to trial is unconstitutional. Although the case is ongoing, Peirce's firm has obtained class certification and a preliminary injunction, which prohibits the jail from continuing this practice until the case is resolved.[2]

Peirce's firm recently established new law in a case in Western Pennsylvania out of the Federal District Court. The court held that the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare did not have the right to assert a lien against the personal injury recoveries of Medicaid beneficiaries to recovery for benefits provided to those individuals. The impact of this case is far reaching, as this practice has generated millions of dollars annually for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. If the trial court's opinion is upheld on appeal, it may prohibit other states from engaging in similar practices.

In 2007, Peirce’s firm filed a joint lawsuit against online fan club MileyWorld, on behalf of fan club members who claimed they were misled by the website’s promise to provide preferred access to concert tickets. By paying the membership fee, fans were told they would have priority access to the much sought-after tickets through a special presale. When shows sold out instantaneously and left many members empty-handed, disgruntled fans joined forces to file an official complaint. “They deceptively lured thousands of individuals into purchasing memberships into the Miley Cyrus Fan Club,” Peirce explained in an article in USA Today.” [3] The case was settled for a confidential amount.

Also in 2007, Robert Peirce & Associates won a class action lawsuit against CUNA medical group on behalf of 3,000 people who were denied credit disability insurance. When Peirce's firm demonstrated that CUNA policies contained an ambiguous definition of disability, all of the people previously denied coverage were given the right to credit disability payments for as long as they remained disabled.

In 2003, when a hepatitis A outbreak at a Chi-Chi’s restaurant chain sickened more than 600 people, Peirce filed two suits on behalf of clients who had fallen ill from the contamination. He sought compensation for his clients to cover doctor’s bills and lost time at work. The case was resolved for an undisclosed amount.[4]

Background and education[edit]

Rob Peirce earned his B.A. from Michigan State University. While at Michigan State, he played on the lacrosse team and received the Academic All Big 10 Award in the 1989-90 and 1991-92 academic years. He earned his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law.

Peirce grew up north of Pittsburgh in Sewickley, Pennsylvania where he attended Sewickley Academy and graduated in 1988.

Awards[edit]

  • Member of the Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Academic All Big 10 Award

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Del Mar, California.". 
  2. ^ KDKA. KDKA Investigators (2009-09-08). "County Executive Weighs in on Strip Search Suit.". 
  3. ^ Peirce, Rob. USA Today (2007-11-13). "Hannah Montana Fan Club Sued.". 
  4. ^ Twedt, Steve. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2007-02-27). "Lawsuit Claims Tainted Peanut Butter Killed Lawrence County Woman.".