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   3Charles A. PierceBelleville(618) 277-5599cpierce@piercelawpc.comcpierce@piercelawpc.comPierce Law Firm PCwww.piercelawpc.comwww.piercelawpc.compiercecharles.jpgGovernmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative LawPersonal Injury Defense Law: GeneralProducts Liability Defense Law
Charles A. Piercecpierce@piercelawpc.com
Pierce Law Firm PChttp://www.piercelawpc.com
3 Executive Woods Ct Suite 200
Belleville IL 62226
Ph.(618) 277-5599 Fx.(618) 239-6080
Recommended by peers in:
Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law
Personal Injury Defense Law: General
Products Liability Defense Law
County:  St. Clair
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Chuck Pierce is the founding partner of Pierce Law Firm, P.C. He has a long track record of handling complex and high-profile litigation. His practice is based in St. Clair and Madison counties in Illinois, locations long-known as minefields for unprepared litigants. Mr. Pierce has an excellent track record in trials throughout Southern Illinois in both state and federal court. He has tried a broad range of cases, including medical malpractice claims, products liability and civil rights.

Mr. Pierce obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and then received his J.D. degree magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University. After successfully completing the bar exam both in Illinois and Missouri, Mr. Pierce clerked for an Illinois Appellate Judge in Peoria. He then spent over 15 years as trial lawyer at a large national firm. In 2008, he formed the Pierce Law Firm, P.C.

Mr. Pierce takes pride in personally handling every case to ensure that every claim, no matter the size, is given the attention it deserves.

Mr. Pierce has been repeatedly voted by his peers to be a Leading Lawyer, an honor given to less than 5 percent of lawyers in Illinois. He also has been awarded an "AV" rating by his peers, the highest possible rating, which recognizes both his outstanding legal ability his high ethical standards.


Notable Cases and Results:  
Pollack v City of West Frankfort, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois. The plaintiff was turned down for a job with the city. He filed an age discrimination claim with the EEOC. The city settled the claim by giving him the job plus a cash payout. He worked 11 days before being fired. He again filed an age discrimination claim and also alleged that his termination was in retaliation for the first claim. Mr. Pierce persuaded the jury that plaintiff simply wasn't cut out for the job, regardless of his age. The jury reached a defense verdict in 30 minutes.

Suydam v City of Lebanon, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois. The plaintiff was the administrative assistant to the Police Chief. After she was fired, she claimed that she was sexually harassed and had been told that she'd get better evaluations if she provided sexual favors to the Chief. Mr. Pierce convinced the jury otherwise, resulting in a defense verdict.

Desalvo v City Of Collinsville, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois. A Taser was used on the plaintiff during his arrest. He sued, alleging that the force was excessive. The case was surrounded by much publicity over the use of Tasers by police in general. Despite an amateur video of the arrest which seemed to support plaintiff's version of events, the jury found in favor of the police officer.

Owens v. Village of Irving, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois. The plaintiff claimed that he had been subjected to excessive force during a field sobriety test administered by an Irving police officer. Mr. Pierce obtained summary judgment for the Village and its officials, then subsequently obtained a jury verdict in favor of the police officer.

Hyrsko v. Stein, Madison County, Illinois. In this case, the plaintiff was severely injured when his car struck the defendant's truck which had stalled on the road. The stalled truck was not licensed to be on the road and was not equipped with any type of flares or other warning devices. Additionally, the flashers were broken. After the truck stalled, the driver left the vehicle unattended to go get help. Mr. Pierce assumed the defense of this case from another firm shortly before trial. At trial, the plaintiff asked the jury for a total of $9,000,000 in punitive and compensatory damages. Mr. Pierce, however, successfully convinced the jury to award only $560,000 which was an amount virtually identical to the offer which was on the table when trial started.

Kite v. Kroger, Williamson County, Illinois. The plaintiff claims to have slipped and fallen on a grape at defendant's store. Plaintiff denied having ever suffered similar injuries. Through discovery, defendant found that plaintiff had a longstanding history of prior medical problems and greatly impeached the plaintiff's credibility with these facts at trial. The jury quickly returned a defendant's verdict.

Rikli v. Cueto, Cueto & Cueto, St. Clair County, Illinois. Mr. Pierce represented a prominent local plaintiff's attorney in this premises liability claim. The plaintiff was a sole practitioner who tripped and fell over a clear glass table in the defendant's offices, breaking his hip. He sued for $500,000 in medical costs and lost wages. Despite testimony by the plaintiff's expert witnesses that the size and location of the table were improper for the office environment and interfered with delineated traffic patterns, Mr. Pierce secured a jury verdict for his client.


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1991
Missouri, 1992
U.S. District Court
  Southern District of Illinois, 1993
  Central District of Illinois, 2001
7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 2002


Year of Birth:  1966

Law School:  Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D.,1991

Law School Honors/Involvement:  Magna cum laude

Undergraduate School:  University of Iowa, B.S, 1988

Employment History:  
Before beginning his law practice, Mr. Pierce completed judicial clerkships with a justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, and with a justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District.


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Illinois State Bar Association
Missouri Bar Association
St. Clair County Bar Association
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Defense Research Institute

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and legal ability
Leading Lawyers, 2016-present


Firm Description:  
The Pierce Law Firm handles civil litigation. We have over 25 years of experience in handling a variety of civil matters. A large focus of our work is on representing municipalities on all the claims they face, from police misconduct cases to employment disputes to general injury claims.

We also handle claims for injured persons, including car wrecks, work accidents and defective products.

The firm routinely appears in court in counties throughout Southern Illinois as well as in the Federal Courts. We have the resources and ability to handle your claim in a timely and effective manner.


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