Patricia V. Pierce

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt and Flores, LLC
 | 123 South Broad Street, Suite 2500
Philadelphia, PA 19109
Phone: 215-735-1600
Fax: 215-735-1660
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Patricia V. Pierce is a partner at Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores, LLC, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As head of the firm's employment and complex litigation group, she represents workers from Philadelphia and around the state who have been discriminated against or harassed on the job in both individual and class action litigation as well as in cases involving employee benefits. Ms. Pierce has secured successful outcomes in a number of high-profile cases, including a $4 million verdict on behalf of a former employee of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

After receiving her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Rutgers University - Camden, Ms. Pierce attended Rutgers School of Law – Camden, where she was awarded her J.D. magna cum laude in 1976. She began her career as a criminal defense attorney with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, representing indigent defendants who had been charged with various criminal offenses. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California, Ms. Pierce is also admitted to practice before the the U.S. District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Often asked to share her knowledge and experiences with others, Ms. Pierce is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education programs. She has been a visiting professor at Santa Clara University School of Law and an adjunct professor at both Temple University Beasley School of Law and Rutgers School of Law – Camden, and she currently serves on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Highly regarded by her peers throughout her career, Ms. Pierce has received an AV-Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers in America**.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

**The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

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About Patricia Pierce

Admitted: 1976, Pennsylvania

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  • AV-Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow, Prestigious College of Labor & Employment Attorneys
  • Honored, Alma Mater, Champions For Social Justice and Equality Award, Rutgers School of Law-Camden's Black Law Students Association
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1995 - 2014
  • Magna Cum Laude, Rutgers School of Law, Camden, 1976
  • Rutgers Community Scholar, Rutgers School of Law – Camden, 1974
  • Fellow, Summer Institute for the Study of Problems of Children and the Law, Professor Larry Palmer of the Rutgers School of Law – Camden, 1974
  • Distinguished Faculty Member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1994

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of California
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • California – state and federal
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
  • United States Supreme Court
  • New Jersey – state and federal
  • Pennsylvania – state and federal
  • Co-Chair, Annual Convention Committee, National Employment Lawyer Association's, 2012
  • Member, Hearing Committee, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Member, New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Former President, Women Organized Against Rape
  • Former, Board of Directors, Disability Law Project
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Class Action and Sexual Harassment Committees
  • American Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Defender Association of Philadelphia

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Past President, Women Organized Against Rape

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, "Choosing Your Cases Wisely", Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2011
  • Speaker, "Retaliation Litigation Hot Spots", Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2011
  • Speaker, Moderator, "ERISA- Let There Be No Right Without A Remedy: Maximizing Recovery Under Section 510.", Annual Convention of the National Employment Lawyers Association, 2011
  • Speaker, "The Discovery Exchange: An interactive exchange designed to engage the panelist and audience in a fast-paced discussion about various discovery issues that arise in employment cases", Annual Convention of the National Employment Lawyers Association, 2010
  • Speaker, Pennsylvania Bar Institute 16th Annual Employment Law Institute. "You get What You Pay For: How to Successfully Challenge Releases Under the OWBPA in the Post-Guidant Era". 2010
  • Speaker, Panel for the litigation track concerning the use of jury research, focus groups, shadow juries for litigation and ADR techniques, 2009
  • "Employment Law Update 2006," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Allentown, Pa., Mechanicsburg, Pa. And Philadelphia, PA., 2006
  • "The Santa Clara Experiment: A New Fee-Generating Model for Clinical Legal Education," Clinical Law Review, New York University School of Law/Association of American Law Schools/Clinical Legal Education Association, 1997
  • "The Jury Charge in Sexual Harassment Cases – or You Can't Always Get What You Want," Pennsylvania Bar Institute 11th Annual Northeast Regional Employment Law Institute, 2005
  • "Preparing a Case on a Shoestring Budget: Your Friend Hal," We the People: Reclaiming the Justice System, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2005
  • "Update and Recent Developments in the Law of Workplace Harassment," Pennsylvania Bar Institute 12th Annual Northeast Regional Employment Law Institute, 2006 (with James A.A. Pabarue, Esq., Susan B. Thauer, Esq. and Andrea B. Wapner, Esq.)
  • "Mixed Motive Cases – Finding the Line," Pennsylvania Bar Institute 13th Annual Northeast Regional Employment Law Institute, 2007 (with James A.A. Pabarue, Esq.)
  • "Trial Presentation Strategies That Work," Pennsylvania Bar Institute 14th Annual Northeast Regional Employment Law Institute, 2008 (with Harold Goodman, Esq. and Ronald Surkin, Esq.)
  • "It's Not Just White Men Anymore," Pennsylvania Bar Institute 14th Annual Northeast Regional Employment Law Institute, 2008 (with James A.A. Pabarue, Esq.)


  • $4 million verdict against the University of Pennsylvania on behalf of a former School of Dental Medicine faculty member
  • $300,000 verdict for a client who was subjected to ethnic harassment; and with Greenblatt, Pierce, Engle, Funt & Flores criminal defense lawyer James Funt
  • $2.5 million verdict on behalf of a sales manager who was sexually harassed at work

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Ms. Pierce has been listed in Best Lawyers of America each year since 1995. She was recently named Employment Attorney of the Year for 2013.

Educational Background:

  • Rutgers College of Arts and Sciences, Camden, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1973
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123 South Broad Street
Suite 2500
Philadelphia, PA 19109

Phone: 215-735-1600

Fax: 215-735-1660

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