Attorney Patricia V. Pierce heads the Employment and Complex Litigation Practice at Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores LLC. Ms. Pierce has represented individuals and groups of workers who have suffered employment discrimination and workplace harassment litigating individual and class action employment lawsuits, as well as employee benefits cases in state and federal courts in California, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She is a frequent author and lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) where she serves on NELA’s 2011 Convention Committee. Ms. Pierce was a Visiting Professor of Law at Santa Clara University where she founded an Employment Law Clinic and taught Evidence. In Philadelphia, Ms. Pierce served as an Adjunct Professor at Temple’s Beasley School of Law and taught it Temple’s prestigious LLM Trial Advocacy program, in addition to teaching Employment Law Practice and Procedure at Rutgers-Camden, her alma mater. In addition to her active employment law practice that serves the Philadelphia region, she teaches trial advocacy for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, which named her as a distinguished faculty member.
Patricia Pierce was named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Philadelphia Employment Law – Individuals “Lawyer of the Year”. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year”. Patricia Pierce has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 19th edition of Best Lawyers in United States in the practice area of Employment Law – Individuals. “Best Lawyers in America” has listed Patricia Pierce as one of the nation’s top employment lawyers since 1995. Every year since 2004, Ms. Pierce has been selected a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® by Thomson Reuters, which is also published annually in Philadelphia magazine. Ms. Pierce was recently inducted as a Fellow to the prestigious College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. “Best Lawyers in America” has listed Patricia Pierce as one of the nation’s top employment lawyers since 1995. Every year since 2004, Ms. Pierce has been selected a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® by Thomson Reuters, which is also published annually in Philadelphia magazine. Ms. Pierce was recently inducted as a Fellow to the prestigious College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.
Patricia Pierce began her legal career as a criminal lawyer with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she represented indigent criminal defendants in matters ranging from retail theft to rape and attempted murder. She has remained committed to advocating for the rights of others, having represented victims of sexual assaults, police abuse, workplace discrimination and civil rights violations. Among her career highlights, Patricia Pierce secured a $2.5 million verdict on behalf of a sales manager who was sexually harassed at work; a $300,000 verdict for a client who was subjected to ethnic harassment; and with Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores criminal defense lawyer James Funt, a $4 million verdict against the University of Pennsylvania on behalf of a former School of Dental Medicine faculty member; as well as numerous other notable verdicts and settlements.
Ms. Pierce is admitted in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, the Supreme Court of California, and the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and has served as a Board Member for the Disability Law Project. She is currently on the Convention Committee of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and is on NELA’s Class Action and Sexual Harassment Committees. She was formerly the President of the Board of Directors of Women Organized Against Rape.
Rutgers College of Arts and Sciences – Camden, B.A., 1973. Magna Cum Laude
Rutgers School of Law – Camden, J.D., 1976. Magna Cum Laude
Pennsylvania – state and federal
New Jersey – state and federal
California – state and federal
United States Supreme Court
Defender Association of Philadelphia (Board of Directors)
Pennsylvania Bar Association
New Jersey Bar Association
California Bar Association
American Bar Association
National Employment Lawyers Association, Class Action and Sexual Harassment Committees
Disability Law Project (former Board of Directors)
Women Organized Against Rape (former President)
Honors / Accolades
Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2011
Selected by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania in successive years from 2004 – 2011. SuperLawyers is also published in Philadelphia Magazine each selection year. (Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase rating process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.)
Distinguished Faculty Member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1994
Fellow, Summer Institute for the Study of Problems of Children and the Law, Professor Larry Palmer of the Rutgers School of Law – Camden, 1974
Rutgers Community Scholar, Rutgers School of Law – Camden, 1974
Publications / Papers
“It’s Not Just White Men Anymore,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute 14th Annual Northeast Regional Employment Law Institute, 2008 (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.)
“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
“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
Speaker and Moderator, 2011 Annual Convention of the National Employment Lawyers Association. “ERISA- Let There Be No Right Without A Remedy: Maximizing Recovery Under Section 510.”
Also speaking: Scott B. Goldshaw and Todd F. Jackson
Speaker, 2011 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute:
“Retaliation Litigation Hot Spots”
Prominent plaintiff attorneys discuss some of the nation’s best plaintiff attorneys discuss important legal, strategic and tactical decisions when bringing, preparing and proving a retaliation lawsuit.
Patricia V. Pierce, Michael R. Fox, and Mary Anne Sedey
Moderator: James H. Kaster
Speaker, 2011 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute:
“Choosing Your Cases Wisely”
High profile plaintiff attorney panel focuses on case selection. It may be surprising to hear about some of the cases that are taken and some of those that are not. Learn about causes of action that are used that may have been overlooked. An opportunity to learn important practice tips from some of the most successful plaintiff attorneys in the nation.
Patricia V. Pierce, Michael R. Fox and Mary Anne Sedey
Moderator: James H. Kaster
Speaker, 2010 Annual Convention of the National Employment Lawyers Association. “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”. 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 on a 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
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