Pierce Law Group LLP

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About The Firm

About The Firm

PIERCE LAW GROUP LLP is a full-service boutique law firm established in 1996 in Beverly Hills, California serving the creative community, emerging start-up companies, and certain high net-worth individuals. The firm specializes in representing independent film and television producers and production companies, as well as counseling a wide variety of creative individuals and entities in their corporate and business affairs. The firm engages in both transaction and litigation with an emphasis on counseling for litigation avoidance.

 
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Our Team

 
Our Team
 

 
David Albert Pierce

David Albert Pierce

Managing Member

David Albert Pierce

David’s practice encompasses all areas of the firm’s specialties and is engaged in both litigation and transactional matters. He is a frequent lecturer on the legal issues confronting the entertainment industry, and regularly teaches a course on running production companies at UCLA Extension, as well as, teaching Media Law & Ethics for Elon University’s Semester in L.A. program. He has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at LMU School of Film & Television, and was a guest lecturer at the University of St. Petersburg School of Film in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is an annual speaker at Slamdance Film Festival and for the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences on the topic of entertainment updates. David is a regular columnist for MovieMaker Magazine. He is a graduate of Cornell Law School. He has been accorded the status of “Super Lawyer” by Thomson-Reuters and “Million Dollar Advocate” by Top Trial Lawyers in America®. He is also a member of the Beverly Hills Bar’s Order of Distinguished Attorneys. David is a trustee on the Executive Board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Southern California.

 

Education

CORNELL LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctorate

BINGHAMTOM UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Science

Activities & Affiliations

•Beverly Hills Bar Association
•American Bar Association
•California Lawyers for the Arts
•California Society of Entertainment Lawyers
•Film Independent / Slamdance

Bar Admissions

•California
•United States District Court, Central District of California
•United States District Court, Northern District of California
•United States District Court, Southern District of California
•United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
•United States Supreme Court

 
 

 
 
Anthony J. Hanna

Anthony J. Hanna

Administrative Operations Member

Anthony J. Hanna

Tony works in the practice group areas of litigation, child labor matters, OSHA safety, union issues, labor & employment and regulatory issues. He also oversees the administrative matters for our law firm. Tony previously was a Senior Business Representative for Screen Actors Guild where he prepared a number of SAG publications regarding union interpretations of collective bargaining provisions. Tony is widely regarded as a preeminent expert on entertainment union collective bargaining agreements and their interpretations.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF WEST LOS ANGELES LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctorate

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH
Bachelor of Science

Activities & Affiliations

•California Bar Association
•Beverly Hills Bar Association
•Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Bar Admissions

•California
•United States District Court, Central District of California
•United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
•United States Supreme Court

 
 

 

 
Trea Tran Lachowicz

Trea Tran Lachowicz

Finance/Distribution/Corporate Department Head

Trea Tran Lachowicz

Trea is a transactional entertainment attorney with an LLM in Taxation. She has experience in film and television finance, tax ventures, tax credits, securities law, corporate formation, film distribution, and general business and corporate law matters. Trea has represented producers, lenders, and investors from the beginning stage of structuring financing; to the due diligence and documentation stages of the transactions; and the preparation, drafting, and negotiation of various finance documents required for closing such transactions on films such as Keanu Reeve’s John Wick and Stallone/Schwarzenegger’s Escape Plan. Trea also helped form an L.A.-based distribution company, which produced and distributed several critically acclaimed Vietnamese language films, including The Owl and the Sparrow. Her entertainment financing and tax background, combined with her knowledge of distribution, allows her to meet the needs of the entertainment clients at Pierce Law Group.

 

Education

SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF LAW
Master of Laws

LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctorate

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Arts

Activities & Affiliations

•Women in Film, Executive Member
•American Bar Association
•UCLA Extension (Guest Lecturer)
•Loyola Marymount University (Guest Lecturer)
•Alpha Sigma Nu – Jesuit Honor Society

Bar Admissions

•State Bar of California
•USDC, Central District of California

 
 

 

 
Briana C. Hill

Briana C. Hill

Production Counsel/Artist Representation/Intellectual Property Department Head

Briana C. Hill

Briana’s practice includes negotiating talent, rights acquisition and licensing agreements, production counsel, guild matters, intellectual property, and internet/new technology. She is a graduate of UCLA Law School, prior to which she worked in the fashion industry as a buyer and merchandiser, and later completed a fellowship in New York State Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s office. She has been employed with Pierce Law Group for more than a decade and has worked on hundreds of transaction representing both talent and production companies.

Activities & Affiliations

•Beverly Hills Bar Association
•Los Angeles County Bar Association

Bar Admissions

•State Bar of California

Education

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctorate

HUNTER COLLEGE, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
Bachelor of Arts

 
 

 
Joshua Edwards

Joshua Edwards

Of Counsel

Joshua Edwards

A former New York City District Attorney, Joshua brings a wealth of experience in the entertainment industry, specifically in the area of talent representation where he has held several positions at prominent agencies, management, and production companies such as The Firm, Overbrook Entertainment, Don Buchwald & Associates, Mosaic, and MGMT Entertainment. Currently at PLG, Joshua specializes in transactional law within the film/television/music industry where his clients include writers, production companies and talented artists. Joshua is licensed in both New York and California, holds a law degree from the CUNY School of Law, and holds an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.

Activities & Affiliations

•Beta Gamma Sigma
•Phi Alpha Delta

Bar Admissions

•State Bar of California
•State Bar of New York

Education

CUNY School of Law
Juris Doctorate

Loyola Marymount University
Master of Business Administration

Clark Atlanta University
Bachelor of Arts

 
 
 

Daniel B. Lifschitz

Daniel B. Lifschitz

Senior Litigation Associate

Daniel B. Lifschitz

Dan is an entertainment litigator who focuses on intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on copyright issues. Dan has been involved in some of the nation’s leading music litigation cases, including multiple class action lawsuits against Sirius XM, Pandora, and Spotify, as well as individual suits on behalf of industry figures ranging from Quincy Jones to David Hyman. Dan is a graduate of Loyola Law School, where he was an editor and published author for Loyola’s International and Comparative Law Review. He leads the Projects Committee for California Society of Entertainment Lawyers and has authored multiple amicus curiae briefs for the Ninth Circuit and United States Supreme Court. His writings have appeared in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, Los Angeles Lawyer, Computer & Internet Lawyer, and Techdirt.

Activities & Affiliations

•Beverly Hills Bar Association
•California Society of Entertainment Lawyers

Bar Admissions

•State Bar of California
•USDC, Central District of California
•Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL, LOS ANGELES
Juris Doctorate

WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE
Bachelor of Arts

 

 
 
 

Vera Golosker

Vera Golosker

Member, Litigation Department

Vera Golosker

Vera’s practice includes entertainment litigation, employment litigation, trademark and copyright infringement matters, and fraud issues in the film industry. Vera is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar’s Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law sections and a member of the Jewish Federation Community Leadership Institute. Vera is a graduate of University of California Hastings College of the Law, where she was the alumni editor of the Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal, and was published in Spring 2012 for her article “The Transformative Tribute: How Mash-Up Music Constitutes Fair Use of Copyrights.”

Activities & Affiliations

•Beverly Hills Bar Association
•Los Angeles County Bar Association
•California Society of Entertainment Lawyers
•The Jewish Federation
•Bet Tzedek

Bar Admissions

•State Bar of California
•USDC, Central District of California

Education

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, HASTINGS COLLEGE OF THE LAW
Juris Doctorate

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Bachelor of Arts

 
 

Samantha Cohen

Samantha Cohen

Paralegal

Samantha Cohen

Samantha is the senior paralegal at Pierce Law Group and assists the full staff of attorneys with tasks including  legal and factual research, contract drafting and review, child actor ratifications, entertainment and employment litigation, corporate formation and maintenance, and document/workflow management. She is also a junior talent manager in the film and television industry, where she interfaces with agents, casting directors, and business executives.

Education

BOSTON UNIVERSITY - METROPOLITAN COLLEGE
Certificate, Paralegal Studies

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Arts