David Howard Pierce

David Howard Pierce: Attorney with David H. Pierce & Associates, PC

Biography

Area of Expertise

Mr. Pierce is experienced in civil trial matters involving a wide range of cases with emphasis in construction defect, real estate broker errors & omissions, premises liability including market, apartment and construction site accidents, product and professional liability, automobile liability, intentional tort, and employment-related issues, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment and discrimination claims, contract negotiations and disputes, mechanic liens, as well as other business and complex litigation matters.

Representative Clients

In addition to the numerous individuals, business and contractor entities, Mr. Pierce also currently represents the insureds of insurance carriers such as Clarendon America, General Security, QBE Insurance, Aspen Specialties and General Star.

Representative Cases

Mr. Pierce has the distinction of having tried cases through jury verdict throughout the Southern California region in courthouses located in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Ventura, Van Nuys, Pasadena, Torrance/Redondo Beach, Riverside and Santa Ana. Some of the most recent results, by category, are as follows:

Recent Trial Results

(Construction matters only)

Defense Matters:

Riverside - DEFENSE VERDICT

Represented rough framing subcontractor; $2 M claim asserted by 43 homeowners (22 single family homes); seven week jury trial. Additional note: obtained $24,000 judgment against homeowners for costs.

Pasadena - JURY VERDICT $10,500 - BEAT STATUTORY OFFER

Represented rough framing subcontractor (only defendant remaining at trial); $750,000 claim asserted by owner-builder on four homes; two week jury trial. Additional note: reached favorable settlement with cross-defendant in the amount of $25,000 paid to client.

Los Angeles - DEFENSE JUDGMENT

Represented roofing subcontractor; $1 M claim asserted by commercial building owner; 24-day binding arbitration @ American Arbitration Association (motion for non-suit granted).

Los Angeles - DEFENSE JUDGMENT

Represented plumbing subcontractor; $15 M claim asserted by large insurance company and HOA against the developer; nine week jury trial (motion for non-suit granted). Additional note: Jury returned verdict against developer for $7.6 M.

Santa Monica - JURY VERDICT $16,977- BEAT STATUTORY OFFER

Represented pile driving subcontractor (only defendant); $250,000 claim asserted by homeowner; two week jury trial.

Santa Ana - JURY VERDICT $17,000 - BEAT STATUTORY OFFER

Represented developer/general contractor (only defendant); $100,000 claim asserted by homeowner; two week jury trial.

Ventura - DEFENSE VERDICT

Represented homeowner against general contractor in fee claim/construction defect dispute; one day bench trial.

Plaintiff Matters:

Santa Monica - JURY VERDICT $197,000

Represented developer/general contractor in insurance subrogation action against decking subcontractor following settlement with HOA; ten day jury trial.

Santa Monica - JURY VERDICT $167,000

Represented single family homeowners against general contractor performing remodel; twelve day jury trial.

Santa Ana - JURY VERDICT $650,000

Represented HOA against roofing contractor; ten day jury trial. Additional note: obtained additional $109,000 in costs/attorneys' fees, along with $77,500 against 2nd roofing contractor, making total recovery $836,500.

Santa Monica - JURY VERDICT $429,000

Represented single family homeowners against general contractor performing remodel; three week jury trial. Additional note: obtained additional $198,000 in costs/attorneys' fees, plus interest, bringing total judgment to $557,000.

(Litigated Personal Injury Matters Only)

Los Angeles - DEFENSE VERDICT

Represented defendant rental car company in an auto accident matter involving personal injury and property damage; two day bench trial.

Torrance/Redondo Beach - DEFENSE VERDICT

Represented defendant driver in an auto accident matter involving personal injury and property damage; four day jury trial.

Torrance/Redondo Beach - DEFENSE VERDICT

Represented defendant casino in an assault and battery (knifing) matter involving premises liability; five day jury trial.

Background

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Pierce was a field claims representative for State Farm Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, handling matters involving both structural property damage and casualty claims. Mr. Pierce has also worked in a variety of construction trades, including framing. As an attorney, he has represented clients in over 1,000 litigated matters, taken and defended several hundred depositions, and mediated hundreds of matters as well. Mr. Pierce is rated “AV Preeminent” which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

Memberships

Mr. Pierce was admitted to practice in 1990. He is a member of the California State Bar, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. Mr. Pierce is admitted to practice in the Central Federal District of California. He also has a California real estate license.

Education

Mr. Pierce is a graduate of Lincoln Law School in Sacramento and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

* David Pierce has been selected by his peers to Southern California Super Lawyers for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Considered among the best in their profession, Super Lawyers represent the top 5% of the practicing attorneys in Southern California.

Areas of Practice (126)

  • Construction Litigation & Disputes
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Contract Litigation & Disputes
  • Real Estate Litigation & Disputes
  • Business Litigation & Disputes
  • Architectural Law
  • Construction Accidents
  • Construction and Design Law
  • Construction and Surety Law
  • Construction Arbitration
  • Construction Claims
  • Construction Contracts
  • Construction Defects
  • Construction Equipment Liability
  • Construction Insurance Defense
  • Construction Liability
  • Construction Liens
  • Construction Litigation
  • Construction Mediation
  • Construction Products Liability
  • Construction Safety
  • Contractors Liability
  • Mechanics Liens
  • Roof Industry Liability
  • Scaffolding Liability
  • Stucco Litigation
  • Breach of Contract
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Contract Fraud
  • Contract Litigation
  • Accidents
  • Animal Attacks
  • Aquatic Injuries
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Bodily Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Bus Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial Vehicle Liability
  • Dog Bites
  • Electrical Injury
  • Head Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Injuries
  • Personal Injury Appeals
  • Personal Injury Arbitration
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Personal Injury Mediation
  • Plaintiffs Personal Injury
  • School Bus Accidents
  • Severe Burns
  • Slip and Fall
  • Spinal Injury
  • Third Party Wrongful Death
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Whiplash
  • Wrongful Death
  • Inadequate Security
  • Negligent Security
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Premises Security
  • Private Security Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate Contracts
  • Commercial Real Estate Foreclosure
  • Commercial Real Estate Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate Sales
  • Adverse Possession
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Easements
  • Real Estate Arbitration
  • Real Estate Brokerage Law
  • Real Estate Brokers and Agents Liability
  • Real Estate Brokers Malpractice
  • Real Estate Brokers Malpractice Defense
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Real Estate Foreclosure
  • Real Estate Fraud
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Real Estate Mediation
  • Real Estate Settlements
  • Real Property
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Residential Real Estate Sales
  • Right of Way Easements
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Covenants Not To Compete
  • Employee Rights
  • Employer Intentional Torts
  • Employer Liability
  • Employer Rights
  • Employment Arbitration
  • Employment at Will
  • Employment Breach of Contract
  • Employment Civil Rights
  • Employment Claims
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment Defense
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Mediation
  • Employment Practices Liability Insurance
  • Employment Rights
  • Employment Termination
  • Harassment
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Noncompete Litigation
  • Agreements
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Wrongful Termination Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Complex and Multi-District Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Defense Litigation
  • Federal Civil Litigation
  • Federal Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Business Arbitration
  • Business Fraud
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Mediation
  • Business Torts
  • Complex Business Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(818) 826-5480  Phone
(818) 826-5486  Fax
www.dhpierce.com
University Attended:
University of Colorado, B.A., Economics, 1983
Law School Attended:
Lincoln University Law School, J.D., 1990
Year of First admission:
1990
Admission:
1990, California; 1991, United States District Court for the Central District of California; 2012, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
Memberships:
Los Angeles County Bar Association; Association of Southern California Defense Counsel; American Board of Trial Advocates
Languages:
Spanish
Birth Information:
Los Angeles, California, April 22, 1962
ISLN:
901554022

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