Bradley D. Pierce
Brad Pierce is a trial attorney with extensive experience in complex litigation actions. A large part of his practice focuses on representing governmental entities and private business and land owners in cases involving eminent domain, inverse condemnation and other land use disputes.
Mr. Pierce has acted as lead counsel on complex jury and bench trials involving a variety of property rights and commercial issues. He frequently handles challenging valuation issues involving the value of the land taken, pre-condemnation damages, severance damages, loss of business goodwill and challenges to the right to take. Mr. Pierce is experienced in all aspects of the condemnation process, including pre-acquisition planning, selection and coordination of the services of appraisers and other expert witnesses, negotiation, relocation assistance, and environmental issues.
Mr. Pierce has acted as Special Counsel for: Counties; Cities; School Districts; Airport Districts; a variety of Water Districts and numerous other special districts. He handles a variety of litigation issues for public agencies, when the issue calls for his expertise or general counsel has a conflict.
He also handles a range of issues unique to governmental entities and local government. He is experienced with disputes involving: the Brown Act; the Public Records Act; conflict of interest issues; entitlements; development impact fees; administrative and traditional mandate; as well as disputes between public entities.
In addition to handling issues unique to public agencies, he practices in the areas of business and commercial litigation involving complex business issues, real property disputes, liens, easement rights, property rights, land use and related issues.
He graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 1994, and was recognized as a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society. Before attending law school he attended Chapman University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in Economics and a minor in Legal Studies.
He was formerly a partner at a law firm in downtown Los Angeles where he focused on litigation of issues unique to public agencies. Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Pierce was a partner at a municipal and water law firm in Orange County where he was responsible for the right-of-way work for all of the firm's clients.
Mr. Pierce also provides expert witness testimony in eminent domain actions and actions involving eminent domain issues.
Mr. Pierce stays active in organizations and activities that keep him current in the practice and on the forefront of emerging issues:
- Co-chairman, State Bar of California, Inverse Condemnation/Eminent Domain Subsection of the Real Property Law Section (2003-current) and member of Real Property and Public Law Sections;
- Member, Orange County Bar Association – Real Estate Law Section;
- Los Angeles County Bar Association – Real Property Section
- Law Chair, International Right of Way Association, Chapter 1 (2001-2005)
- Member, International Right of Way Association, Chapter 67
He is admitted to practice before:
- California Bar, 1994
- United States District Court, Central District of California, 1994
- United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1997
- United States District Court, Eastern District of California, 2000
- United States District Court, Southern District of California, 2002
- United States Court of Federal Claims, 2002
Mr. Pierce was recognized by Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2004, 2005, 2006.
A frequent author and speaker on legal issues, a list of Mr. Pierce’s recent articles and presentations can be found here.