Patricia V. Pierce

Top rated employment litigation attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Weir Greenblatt Pierce LLP
Patricia V. Pierce
Weir Greenblatt Pierce LLP

Practice Areas: Employment litigation; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1976

Education: Rutgers School of Law - Camden

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

Weir Greenblatt Pierce LLP

1339 Chestnut Street
Suite 500
Philadelphia, PA 19107 Visit website


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

Practice areas

Employment litigation: plaintiff, Employment litigation: defense

Focus areas

Employment discrimination, Wrongful termination, Retaliation, Employment law - employer

  • 80% Employment litigation: plaintiff
  • 20% Employment litigation: defense

First Admitted: 1976, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background:
  • Rutgers College of Arts and Sciences, Camden, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1973
  • $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
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Pennsylvania – state and federal
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Former, Board of Directors, Disability Law Project
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
  • Member, New Jersey Bar Association
  • Supreme Court of California
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Class Action and Sexual Harassment Committees
  • New Jersey – state and federal
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • Former President, Women Organized Against Rape
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Past President, Women Organized Against Rape
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Employment Law Update 2006," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Allentown, Pa., Mechanicsburg, Pa. And Philadelphia, PA., 2006
  • Speaker, Panel for the litigation track concerning the use of jury research, focus groups, shadow juries for litigation and ADR techniques, 2009
  • 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, "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, 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, "Retaliation Litigation Hot Spots", Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2011
  • Speaker, "Choosing Your Cases Wisely", Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2011
  • "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.)
  • "Mixed Motive Cases – Finding the Line," Pennsylvania Bar Institute 13th Annual Northeast Regional Employment Law Institute, 2007 (with James A.A. Pabarue, Esq.)
  • "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.)
  • "Preparing a Case on a Shoestring Budget: Your Friend Hal," We the People: Reclaiming the Justice System, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2005
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.
  • AV Preeminent. The highest peer rating standard. , AV , Martindale-Hubbard, 2022
  • Magna Cum Laude, Rutgers School of Law, Camden, 1976
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1995 - 2014
  • AV-Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Honored, Alma Mater, Champions For Social Justice and Equality Award, Rutgers School of Law-Camden's Black Law Students Association
  • Distinguished Faculty Member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1994
  • Rutgers Community Scholar, Rutgers School of Law – Camden, 1974
  • Fellow, Prestigious College of Labor & Employment Attorneys

Office location for Patricia V. Pierce

1339 Chestnut Street
Suite 500
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: 215-241-7764

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