John C. S. Pierce

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  • Shareholder at Sirote & Permutt, P.C. (112 Attorneys)
  • One St. Louis Centre, Suite 1000, P.O. Drawer 2025, Mobile, AL 36602
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John represents clients in all areas of insurance, business, and product liability litigation. He counsels businesses and business owners in the areas of construction, transportation, professional liability, products liability, business disputes, insurance matters, and corporate formation and guidance.

Why did you become an attorney?

My father was a trial and appellate lawyer for more than 55 years. As a teenager, I attended the conclusion of one of the first asbestos trials on the Gulf Coast and saw a jury return an unheard-of, million-dollar verdict. I was fascinated and, at the same time, understood the need to ensure balance and fairness and that disputes should be resolved on the basis of facts, not emotion or local bias. The die was cast, and, although my college studies focused heavily on science, I found my place in writing and speaking. The blend of these two distinct academic backgrounds has served me well and allowed me to serve others, particularly in products and health sciences matters or any case involving forensic analysis of just how something happened.

What is the best part of your job?

I help people solve problems, and, because of this, I consider it a calling, not a job. Clients have full access to me 24/7/365, and they feel comfortable reaching out at any time, be it an FDA recall, a barge explosion, or a plant fire. I have a group of dedicated experts on call, and, as a pilot, I can be anywhere within a 500-mile range quickly without relying on the major airlines. It is immensely satisfying to be able to respond to a major issue by being part of the initial forensic team and then ultimately taking that experience to a jury or using it at a mediation.

Who has inspired you in your career?

I have been blessed with many mentors and teachers, including clients, clergy, judges, and even opposing counsel. My father tried hundreds of cases and served as national counsel for a number of product manufacturers. I tried cases and handled appeals with him for 25 years. His philosophy was to always move the ball forward for the client, emphasizing the importance of every member of the team because “everyone does windows.” No task that helps a client is too menial for even the senior-most team member to handle. He had a passion for fundamental fairness in the civil justice system. All of these lessons are part of my core values. His influence was not singular of course, as my mother’s constant drive to excel academically (she holds four degrees, including a PhD in a male-dominated field) not only impressed the importance of a thoughtful, intelligent work ethic, but also the fundamental need to respect people regardless of gender, background, or ethnicity.

What are you most proud of in your practice?

You would expect a trial and appellate lawyer to say “victories,” and there have been those along the way. More important, though, are the relationships of trust and confidence, building a team with clients, working with judges and colleagues. What we do is not easy. Trust and character are fundamental to our system of justice, and I hope they are hallmarks of my practice.

What do you think are the three most important things you do to serve your clients?

Access, answers, outcomes.

I give them access in times when the need is most acute. I provide answers to difficult questions, based on experience and insight. I produce outcomes by seeing tasks through to their ultimate conclusion, which allows for resolution and closure.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with family, cooking, boating, spearfishing, flying, and running. I’m a do-it-myself, wanna-be engineer with an understanding of mechanics, design, and electric/electronics, as well as a jack-of-all trades, so I build and repair the things that family and friends may find non-functional from misuse or passage of time. I serve Holy Spirit Episcopal Church as a member of the vestry and am on the boards of a number of charitable organizations, including serving as general counsel for a domestic violence shelter.

Awards and Accreditations

•AV-Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating


•AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

Thought Leadership

•Pursuit of defendant/appellee's post-trial discovery and sanctions for plaintiff/appellant's non-compliance led to dismissal of plaintiff's appeal in 2018

Outside the Office

•Camp Rap-a-Hope
•Board of Directors
•Holy Spirit Episcopal Church
•Penelope House Domestic Violence Shelter
•Pro Bono Legal Counsel
•Vice President

Speeches and Publications

•Speaker, Mock Voir Dire: Wrongful Death Case, DRI Trial Tactics Seminar, Las Vegas, 2018

•Co-author and Speaker, Voir Dire: The Challenge of Advocacy, Balance and Bias, DRI Trial Tactics Seminar, Las Vegas 2018

•Speaker, Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee, Washington, D.C. (advocating in favor of limits on electronic data retention, depositions, and discovery), November 2013

•Speaker, “Post-Sale Duties and the Legacy of the Restatement Third,” Defense Research Institute Product Liability Meeting, April 2011

•Speaker, “Inside, Outside, Upside Down: Partnering with In-House Counsel in Tough Economic Times,” Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting, October 2009

•Speaker, “Dealing with the Difficult Expert Witness,” Defense Research Institute 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

•Author, “To Twombly or Not to Twombly-That is the Question,” DRI: For the Defense

•Author, “Is Abnormal Becoming the New Normal in Alabama,” Mealey’s Litigation Report, Vol. 22, No. 20

•Speaker, “Time for a Change: The Battle Over Price Spread and Collateral Source,” Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting

•Co-editor, “State-by-State Price-Spread Damages Compendium,” DRI Trial Tactics Committee


•Sirote & Permutt Welcomes New Attorney John C.S. Pierce

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


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

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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