John C. S. Pierce

  • Shareholder at Sirote & Permutt, P.C. (110 Attorneys)
  • One St. Louis Centre, Suite 1000, P.O. Drawer 2025, Mobile, AL 36602
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John is AV-rated and handles litigation and appeals in business, product liability, construction, transportation, professional liability, and commercial disputes. He also provides business consulting services.

A frequent speaker and writer who advocates for reasonable change in the law, John currently serves as the Vice Chair of DRI's Jury Preservation Task Force with the Center for Law and Public Policy. He is on the Steering Committee for the Product Liability and the Trial Tactics Committees.

He chaired DRI’s Trial Tactics Committee and is the former chair of its Scaffolding, Cranes and Aerial Devices Specialized Litigation Group. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and Product Liability Advisory Council.

John is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Supreme Court of Alabama, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, and for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama. He routinely handles cases throughout the Southeastern United States.

Outside the Office

Penelope House Domestic Violence Shelter
•Vice-President and General Counsel

Camp Rap-a-Hope
•Board of Directors

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church


•AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell


•Sirote & Permutt Welcomes New Attorney John C.S. Pierce - 9/18/2014

Speeches & Publications

•Speaker, DRI Trial Tactics Presentation: Mock Voir Dire of Jury Panel, 2018
•Speaker, DRI Trial Tactics Presentation Paper: Co-Authored Voir Dire: The Challenge of Advocacy, Balance and Bias, 2018
•Speaker, Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee, Washington, D.C., November 2013 advocating in favor of limits on Electronic Data Retention, Depositions, and Discovery
•Speaker, Time for a Change: The Battle over Price Spread and Collateral Source, Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting
•Speaker, Post-Sale Duties and the Legacy of the Restatement Third, Defense Research Institutes Product Liability Meeting, April 2011
•Speaker, Dealing with the Difficult Expert Witness, DRI Trial Tactics Seminar
•Speaker, “Multi-Circuit Litigation: Advocating for a State System of Claim Aggregation,” Alabama Defense Lawyers
•Speaker, “Professor Plumb in the Parlor with A Candlestick: Clues to Effective Accident Investigation,” International Association of Defense Counsel Construction Law
•Speaker, “Inside, Outside, Upside Down: Partnering with In-House Counsel in Tough Economic Times,” Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting, October 2009
•Author, “To Twombly or Not to Twombly -- That is the Question,” DRI’s For the Defense
•Author, “Is Abnormal Becoming the New Normal in Alabama,” Mealey’s Litigation Report, Vol. 22 #20
•Co-editor, “State-by-State Price-Spread Damages Compendium,” DRI’s Trial Tactics Committee


•Sirote & Permutt Welcomes New Attorney John C.S. Pierce - 9/18/2014

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Appellate Practice
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer & Retail
  • Fraud & Abuse/Stark
  • Health Care
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Industrials & Natural Resources
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Private Clients, Trusts and Estates
  • Products Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
251.434.0102  Phone
251.434.0196  Fax
University Attended:
Birmingham Southern College, BS, Economics, 1988
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama School of Law, JD, 1991; Served as Phi Alpha Delta Justice Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, Member Farrah Law Society, Member Law & Psychology Review, Lead Article Editor; Student Senate, 1985-1987
Year of First Admission:
Supreme Court of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; 1991, Alabama; U.S. Supreme Court


•Defense Research Institute Trial Tactics Committee, Chair, 2014
•Defense Research Institute, Scaffolding, Cranes and Aerial Devices (SCAD) Specialized Litigation Group, Former chair
•Defense Research Institue, Member
•International Association of Defense Counsel, Member
•Product Liability Advisory Council, Member
•Admitted to practice
•US Supreme Court
•US Court of Appeals for the First and Eleventh Circuits
•US District Court for the Northern District of Florida
•Supreme Court of Alabama
•US District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama

Birth Information:
Mobile, Alabama, August 3, 1966
Reported Cases:
Recent Matters: Significant Recent Successes: A pursuit of Defendant/Appellee's Post Trial Discovery and Sanctions for Plaintiff/Appellant's non-compliance led to Dismissal of Plaintiff's Appeal, 2018;Defended wrongful death of an 11-year-old child in a product liability and premises liability claim tried to the jury verdict for the Defendant clients,2017;Defended trucking personal injury claim, tried to jury verdict with net $250,000 judgment in favor of Defendant client, 2017;An appeal of adverse trial court ruling resulted in a reversal and rendering of $500,000 adverse judgment against Defendant Client Pharmacist, 2017;An appeal of adverse trial court ruling resulted in a reversal and rendering of a $3 million holding in a declaratory judgment/interpleader for Defendant Client Insurer, 2017; Reported Significant Cases: McNamara v. Benchmark Insurance Company 2017 WL 3931503 (Ala. 2017) ;Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company v. Advance Specialty Pharmacy LLC 230 So.3d 380 (Ala. 2016) ;Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, London v. Kirkland, et al. 69 So.3d 98 (Ala. 2011) ;Greathouse v. CECO Concrete Construction, LLC 2007 WL 624550 (M.D. Fla. 2007) ;Greathouse v. CECO Concrete Construction, LLC 232 Fed. Appx. 957 (11th Cir. 2007);Ex parte Partners in Care, Inc. 986 So.2d, 1145 (Ala. 2007) ;Mack Trucks, Inc. v. Witherspoon 867 So.2d 307 (Ala. 2003) ;Ex Parte Simmons 791 So.2d 371 (Ala. 2000) ;Simmons v. Congress Life Ins. Co.790 So.2d 383 (Ala. 2000) ;Lance, Inc. v. Ramanauskas 731 So.2d 1204 (Ala. 1999) ;Simmons v. Congress Life Ins. Co. 791 So.2d 360 (Ala. Civ. App. 1998) ;Ex Parte Ikner 682 So.2d 8 (Ala. 1996) ;Ex parte Combined Insurance Company 678 So.2d 1055 (Ala. 1996) ;SGB Const. Services, Inc. v. Ray Sumlin Const. Co., Inc. 644 So.2d 892 (Ala. 1994) ;TXO Production Corp. v. Alliance Resources Corp. 113 S.Ct. 2711 (11th Cir. 1993)
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