David Albert Pierce

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in Beverly Hills, CA

Pierce Law Group, LLP
 | 9100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 225, East Tower
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: 310-274-9191
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Entertainment & Sports (60%),
  • Intellectual Property (20%),
  • Securities & Corporate Finance (20%)
Attorney Profile

David Albert Pierce is a managing member at Pierce Law Group LLP, located in Beverly Hills, California. Mr. Pierce focuses his practice on general entertainment law, as well as matters related to employment and labor law in the film and television industries. He regularly handles cases involving securities law, intellectual property, Internet and new media law, and issues related to film finance, clearance and rights. He primarily represents independent film and television production companies in the Los Angeles area and nationwide.

Mr. Pierce obtained his undergraduate degree from the Binghamton University, State University of New York, and his law degree from Cornell Law School. During his time in law school, he was a member of the school's entertainment and sports law association and also edited the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Currently, Mr. Pierce is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts of California, as well as being admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a member of many professional and entertainment industry organizations, including the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the American Film Institute and the Independent Feature Project (IFP)/West. He is a member of both the American Bar Association's Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries and the American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law.  He is also a founding member and Seminar Chairman of the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Pierce regularly gives lectures and publishes articles related to entertainment law. He is a columnist for MovieMaker Magazine and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Extension, as well as, Elon University's Semster In L.A. Program educating students on the various aspects of running an entertainment production company, as well as on the topic of Media Law & Ethics. Mr. Pierce also regularly lectures at film festivals.

 
Practice Areas

Entertainment & Sports (60%)
Intellectual Property (20%)
Securities & Corporate Finance (20%)

Entertainment & Sports (60%)

Intellectual Property (20%)

Securities & Corporate Finance (20%)

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018

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White Papers

  • Curing Runaway Productions: Solutions Are Easy; Finding Legislators Willing to Implement Them Is Hard (2013) - D. Pierce, “Curing Runaway Productions: Solutions Are Easy; Finding Legislators Willing to Implement Them Is  Hard” published in Beverly Hills Bar Association seminar materials, November 20, 2013. 

  • Blogs, Facebook & Twitter: How Instant Communication Can Help or Hurt Celebrities (2012) - D. Pierce, “Blogs, Facebook & Twitter:  How Instant Communication Can Help or Hurt Celebrities,” Beverly Hills Bar Association seminar materials, February 15, 2012.      

  • Employment Law Updates (2002) - D. Pierce, “Employment Law: Things Every Small Business Should Know,” published by California Workforce Development Board, 2002. D. Pierce, “ABCs of Employment Law: Understanding the Regulators and the Regulations,” published by the California Workforce Board, 2002.  

  • The Legal Aspects of Independent Film & Television Production- An International Prospective (2001) - P. Gorman & D. Pierce, “The Legal Aspects of Independent Film & Television Production- An International Prospective,” published by Institute of the Public Administration and Management, Singapore, 2001.

  • Symposium on "Regulating The Mavericks" (2000) - D. Pierce, “An Overview of Basic Employment Laws Affecting Production Companies in California,” Beverly Hills Bar Association Publication No. 8A, 2000. D. Pierce, “Classification of Workers: Independent Contractor versus Employee,” Beverly Hills Bar Association Publication No. 8A, 2000.

  • Making Movies In The Millennium, (2000) - D. Pierce & P. Gorman, “Selected Issues Involving Employment Law & Clearance Matters: What Every Filmmaker Should Know Before the Cameras Roll,” published in “Making Movies In The Millennium,” pub’d by State Bar of Nevada, Dec. 1999, re-pub’d in 2nd ed, Dec. 2000.  

  • About David Pierce

    Admitted: 1992, California

    Professional Webpage: https://www.piercelawgroupllp.com/david-albert-pierce/

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013
    • Seminar Chariman - California Society of Entertainment Lawyers
    • American Film Institute
    • Independent Feature Project/West
    • Member, Californai Bar, Entertainment Law, and Intellectual Property Sections
    • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
    • California Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
    • Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association's Entertainment Law Section, Barristers Committee For The Arts
    • Member, American Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Law Section 
    • Former Chairman, Beverly Hills Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section, 1998-1999
    • California

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Advisory Board Member- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, 2014 - present
    • Executive Board Member of the National Cornell Law Alumni Association, 2000-2013
    • Trustee of Executive Board of Leukemia Lymphoma Society - Southern Californa Chapter, 2010-present

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • Taught 2 semesters a course entitled "Business of Screenwriting" at LMU School of Film & Television, Adjunct Professor, 2010
    • Legal Business Columnist, MovieMaker Magazine, 2004
    • Instructor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' “Entertainment Law Update For Visiting Television & Film Professors,”, Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences, 2002
    • Teach a yearly course entitled "Organizing, Financing & Running a Start-Up Entertainment Production Company" for UCLA Extension's Entertainment Studies program since 1998, Adjunct Instructor
    • Teach Media Law & Ethics as Adjunct Professor for Elon University's Semester in L.A. program, once a year since 2012.
    • Guest Lecturer, “Understanding The Business Of Motion Pictures: An American Perspective Of The Evolution Of The Entertainment Industry,” Producer’s Symposium, St. Petersburg University Film & Television Studies, St. Petersburg, Russia, February 19-24, 2010

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Executive Producer, “JOURNEY OF A FEMALE COMIC,” Documentary, Produced by Latin Hollywood Films , 2013
    • Executive Producer, "KIKI MELENDEZ' HOT TAMALES LIVE," Comedy Special, Showtime Network , 2012
    • Executive Producer, "THE EMPLOYER," Motion Picture Distributed by Vision Films, 2012
    • Executive Producer, "CHICAGO 8," Motion Picture, Distributed by VMI Wordlwide, 2011
    • Co-Executive Producer, "MERCY" written & directed by Scott Cann, distributed by IFC Films , 2010
    • Co-Executive Producer, "I WANT SOMEONE TO EAT CHEESE WITH" written & directed by Jeff Garlin, Distributed by The Weinstein Company, 2007
    • Co-Executive Producer, "SYMPHONY OF SILENCE" Motion Picture, official Academy Awards ® submission of Armenia for Best Foreign Language Film, Distributed by GLC Enterprises, 2001

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    Educational Background:

    • Cornell Law School, Juris Doctorate 1992
    • Graduate of Binghamton University, major in Political Science and minor in Business, Binghamton, New York, 1989

    Industry Groups

  • Comedy Writers/performers
  • Film Investors
  • Independent Film & TV Production
  • Office Location for David Albert Pierce

    9100 Wilshire Boulevard
    Suite 225, East Tower
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212

    Phone: 310-274-9191

     

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    Last Updated: 9/8/2017

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