A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Rio focuses his practice on ensuring fair and free markets for the benefit of consumers.
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- Associate, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
- Achieved favorable settlements for group of 80 tenants in tort suit against landlords for slum housing conditions.
- Prior to joining Hagens Berman, Mr. Pierce worked as an associate for two years at Munger, Tolles & Olson, where he gained significant experience in class action and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Pierce also did extensive pro bono work on immigration matters.
- Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Judge Jerome Farris, 2013 – 2014
- Associate, Munger Tolles & Olson, 2014 - 2016, Mr. Pierce worked extensively on antitrust litigation in the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Pierce also worked on a mass tort action arising from the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, including participating in briefing before the Ninth Circuit.
- Serves on the executive committee of the Antitrust Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco
- American Association for Justice
- Chayes Fellow, National Prosecuting Authority in Cape Town, South Africa
- Teaching Fellow, Copyright EdX
- “A Heavy Hand or A Light Touch: What Force Will California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute Have After Baral v. Schnitt?” California Litigation Review, 2015
A proud California native, Rio loves exploring the whole state, especially Big Sur. Prior to law school, Rio worked at Miramax for several years and still loves a good indie film. In his free time, Rio enjoys making pies.