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Mr. Pierce is the head of the firm's International Arbitration practice in the New York office. Recognized by the Chambers guides as "a crucial figure in the firm's global arbitration practice," Mr. Pierce represents clients in international arbitration matters in venues around the world, under both civil and common law regimes, and under the rules of all major arbitral institutions. He also represents clients in international civil litigation matters in United States courts.

Mr. Pierce's practice is focused on the resolution of international disputes, often involving multi-jurisdictional elements and parallel proceedings. He has extensive experience handling arbitration and litigation matters valued in the billions of dollars and involving highly complex issues of law and fact. Most recently, Mr. Pierce has represented a European manufacturing company in an ICC arbitration sited in London, under English and Japanese law, involving claims in excess of $3 billion. He has also recently represented a major European telecommunications company in three related arbitrations sited in Vienna, and related litigation proceedings in the United States, involving issues of Polish, Austrian and US law, and claims in excess of $2 billion.

Mr. Pierce has represented European, US, Latin American and other companies, in a wide range of industries and sectors, in arbitrations sited in Latin America, the US, Europe and Asia. He has particular experience in international joint venture, M&A, shareholder, pharmaceutical, electronics, telecommunications, transportation, financial services and agency disputes. Mr. Pierce also has experience advising clients with respect to potential claims under bilateral investment treaties. In addition to his work as counsel, Mr. Pierce sits as an arbitrator in international disputes.

Mr. Pierce has been recognized as a leader in the field of international arbitration by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, Legal Media Group's The Best of the Best, New York Super Lawyers and other publications. Mr. Pierce was also named an exclusive recipient of the International Law Office 2016 Client Choice Award for Arbitration in the United States. He is described by competitors and clients in the Chambers guides as a "top-notch" and "very knowledgeable" practitioner with "a great ability to understand and execute complex business objectives." He is also praised for his "very effective" and "persuasive" advocacy "both in writing and in the arbitration chamber."

In addition to his arbitration practice, Mr. Pierce represents clients in complex international civil litigation matters in US courts, including efforts to enforce, or resist enforcement of, international arbitral awards. Most recently, Mr. Pierce successfully represented a European company in a RICO action in federal court in Seattle, Washington involving claims in excess of $7 billion. Mr. Pierce achieved the dismissal of that action on grounds of forum non conveniens and then successfully argued for affirmation of that judgment in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Pierce is also committed to pro bono representation and public service. He serves as Chair of the Public Service Committee in the firm's New York office.

In addition to his international dispute resolution practice, Mr. Pierce has a long-standing interest in, and engagement with, issues of international relations, with a particular focus on the trans-Atlantic relationship.

Mr. Pierce received a CEP degree in international affairs from the Institut d'Études Politiques in Paris, and then, prior to attending law school, was selected as a Jean Monnet Fellow to study European Community issues at the École Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France. More recently, Mr. Pierce was selected as a Young Leader of the American Council on Germany, which involved specialized workshops in Berlin, Paris and Washington DC, addressing issues of common concern to European and American participants. Mr. Pierce was also selected as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is now a permanent Member of that organization.

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Professional Memberships

Mr. Pierce is a Board Member and member of the Programs Committee of the New York International Arbitration Center; a founding member of the International Arbitration Club of New York; a former member of the International Dispute Resolution Committee and Committee on International Security Affairs at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; a member of the Federal Bar Council and a member of various international arbitration associations around the world (the International Bar Association (Committee D - Arbitration and ADR), the Association Suisse de l'Arbitrage, the Section of International Law and Practice of the American Bar Association and the International Arbitration Association in Paris). Mr. Pierce is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former Young Leader of the American Council on Germany.


JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1996, with honors

École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, 1993

BSFS, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, 1992, magna cum laude

Certificat d’Études Politiques, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, Paris, France, 1991, with honors

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International Arbitration: Counsel - USA - Nationwide
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John Pierce centers his practice on commercial arbitrations and is particularly adept at handling matters in the commercial, energy and intellectual property sectors.
"He's very smart, strategic and knows how to handle a client. He makes good legal and commercial judgment calls." "John is a formidable adversary and a very tough opponent."

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