Timothy L. Pierce - K&L Gates

Timothy L. Pierce

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 310-552-5058

Mr. Pierce’s practice almost exclusively involves legal matters in the construction industry.  He works with construction industry clients from the inception of a project and the formation of contracts to the resolution of claims in litigation.  An experienced litigator, Mr. Pierce looks for unique solutions to construction disputes to achieve solutions that are efficient and cost effective for his clients.  Mr. Pierce has had extensive trial experience in construction matters, most recently as trial counsel in seven jury trials, each ranging from three to ten weeks in length.  In 2005, Mr. Pierce obtained a $37 million judgment on behalf of a contractor on a power plant project after a ten week jury trial.  The judgment was one of the top ten California jury trial verdicts in 2005.  In 2006, Mr. Pierce successfully defended a contractor in a false claims case by the City of Los Angeles in which a unanimous jury found in favor of his client.  The client also recovered its attorneys’ fees under the California False Claims Act.  His construction experience includes prosecuting and defending construction contract, construction defect and design defect claims on behalf of owners, contractors and design professionals on both private and public projects.  Mr. Pierce also has assisted contractors with bid protests and MBE and DBE matters. 

In addition to his construction law practice, Mr. Pierce also focuses on insurance and risk management issues in the construction industry, with an emphasis on representing insureds to maximize coverage for construction claims.  He also has substantial experience in the defense of ADA Title III public access claims and was trial counsel in one of the few Title III cases to go to trial in California. Mr. Pierce was named a Southern California "Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles Magazine in 2006 and 2008-2013.  K&L Gates' Construction Law practice was ranked Tier 1 in both the National and Los Angeles categories of the U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers survey.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBS Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityMS Santa Clara University School of LawJ.D.

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California

Client Comments

"Timothy Pierce is an outstanding trial lawyer who can be counted on to deliver unexpectedly good results, even in the most hostile jurisdictions and under the most challenging circumstances. His courtroom skills and ability to influence juries are first rate, and when it comes to strategy, he always makes the right call."

"As in-house counsel, it is our job to find outside lawyers who not only are licensed to appear in courts where we can't, but who also add intellectual value. Tim Pierce, in addition to being a skilled trial attorney, contributes an enormous amount of intellectual capital to any construction-related litigation."

Office Location

10100 Santa Monica Boulevard, Eighth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
United States

Practice Areas

Construction Law (Commercial Development, Commercial Litigation, Construction Disputes, Contract Review and Negotiation, Contractors, Government Contracts, Insurance Coverage, Residential Development)