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Alan J. Pierce

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Alan J. Pierce is a partner in the Litigation Practice and Leader of the Appellate Practice. He has more than 20 years of litigation experience, concentrating on appellate practice, insurance coverage, defamation and civil and commercial litigation. Mr. Pierce has handled numerous appeals in his career, appearing before the New York State Court of Appeals, all four Departments of the State’s Appellate Divisions and in the Second, Fourth and Eleventh United States Circuit Courts of Appeals. He has served as trial and appellate counsel in successful actions for defamation and insurance bad faith. Mr. Pierce has authored several publications on appellate practice and insurance coverage, and lectures on behalf of the NYSBA and the Office of Court Administration on appellate advocacy and insurance coverage litigation. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as Confidential Law Clerk to the Hon. Richard D. Simons, New York State Court of Appeals.

  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1984
    • Dean’s Outstanding Representative Award
    • President, Justinian Honor Society
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editor-In-Chief, Syracuse Law Review
  • St. Lawrence University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1981



  • Chair, NYSBA Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction
  • Member, Empire State Counsel, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, St. Lawrence County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Fourth Department to the Fifth Judicial District Character & Fitness Committee
  • Member, New York State Bar Association Task Force on Mandatory Retirement of Judges
  • Member, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors

Honors & Recognitions:

  • Rated, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected, The Best Lawyers in America (2008-2024)
  • Selected, Appellate Practice, “Lawyer of the Year” in Syracuse, The Best Lawyers in America (2022, 2024)
  • Selected, Insurance Law, “Lawyer of the Year” in Syracuse, The Best Lawyers in America (2016)
  • Selected, Upstate – New York, Super Lawyers (2007-2022)
  • Empire State Counsel, New York State Bar Association (2013)