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David P. Pierce







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David Pierce is a Shareholder at Coolidge Wall where he successfully works with clients to resolve a variety of business and employment related disputes in federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies and in arbitrations. During more than 20 years as an attorney, he has served as counsel for parties in complex litigation; age, gender, race, disability, and national origin discrimination and harassment claims brought in the courts and before various administrative agencies; non-competition and trade secret litigation; professional malpractice litigation; securities litigation; construction litigation; defamation and tort litigation; and a variety of other disputes arising from business operations and transactions.

David has tried cases in State and Federal Court and represented clients in arbitration before the American Arbitration Association, the National Association of Securities Dealers/Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (NASD/FINRA), and other tribunals. In addition, he has served as an arbitrator, as a mediator, and lectured to professional and business organizations on a wide variety of litigation topics. David served a term as President of the Dayton Bar Association and regularly serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton School of Law where he has taught Evidence and/or Trial Practice for a number of years.

David is a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a designation earned by achieving the status of Fellow for seven consecutive years.  The LCA is an invitation-only, trial lawyer, honorary society limited to 3,500 Fellows, or less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.  He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America® every year since 2012 and was named "Best Lawyers Dayton Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year" for 2018 and 2014, a designation is given annually to a single lawyer in each practice area in each community.  David has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer (2009-2020) and received recognition in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel edition on the topics of Business and Employment Litigation. He also was recognized as a Top 100 2020 Ohio Super Lawyer and a Top 50 2020 Cincinnati Super Lawyer. He is certified as a Specialist in Labor and Employment Law by the Ohio State Bar Association. David also holds an AV®Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.


  • Named Litigation Counsel of America Senior Fellow for achieving Fellow status for seven consecutive years
  • Elected Dayton Business Journal Best of the Bar
  • Received AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America©
  • Recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers and listed in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition
  • Received 2007 Allan L. Wasserman Young Leadership Award
  • Received 2004 Dayton Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award

Community Leadership Activities

  • Dayton Bar Association, President
  • University of Dayton School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Evidence & Trial Practice (2004 to present)
  • Greater Dayton Jewish Federation, President, Board of Trustees
  • Montgomery County Bench Bar Conference, Co-Chair
  • United Way of Greater Dayton, Leaders' Circle, Member
  • Leadership Dayton, Graduate, Class of 2005
  • Human Race Theatre Company, Board of Trustees, Past President


  • "Electronically Stored Information- Ohio:" Emerging Issues Analysis, 2012 Emerging Issues 6655
  • "Termination of Employee/Owners in Closely Held Corporations," Dayton Bar Briefs, December 2002
  • "What is the Scott-Pontzer Decision and Why is it Costing Some Companies Thousands of Dollars," The Navigator, October 2002
  • "Arbitration Settlements May Cost More than Trial," The Dayton Business Journal, July 2001
  • "The Federal Arbitration Act: Conflicting Interpretations of its Scope," 61 U.C. Law Rev. 623 (1992)


  • "Temporary Restraining Orders and Preliminary Injunctions in Federal Court," Dayton Bar Association Federal Practice Committee
  • Evidence and Expert Testimony Best Practices: National Business Institute
  • Labor and Employment Update, Dayton Bar Association
  • "Under the Obama Administration: Emerging Issues in Labor & Employment Law," Presentation to Dayton Bar Association
  • "Keeping Secrets, Identification & Protection of Trade Secrets," 16th Annual Bench Bar Conference
  • "Expert Witnesses, Daubert Challenges, and Other Hot Issues," PMontgomery County Common Pleas Court
  • "Trade Secrets & Covenants Not to Compete Under Ohio Law," Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association
  • "Covenants Not to Compete in Ohio," Lorman Education Services
  • "Achieving Favorable Settlements in Ohio," National Business Institute
  • "Complaint to Verdict, Trial of a Civil Case," Dayton Bar Association
  • "Document Gathering, Production and Management for Litigation Paralegals in Ohio," Institute for Paralegal Education
  • "What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meeting in Ohio," Lorman Educational Services

Areas Of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1993
  • Vanderbilt University
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Honors: cum laude

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dayton Bar Association , Past Chair, Labor and Employment Committee, Federal Practice and Professionalism Committees
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court, Past President


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