“Sooner or later, everyone sits down to a Banquet of Consequences” ~ Anon
It has been rough sailing for three lawyers who appear to have tied their fortunes to Donald J. Trump. Rudy “Trial by Combat” Giuliani, Lin “Execute Mike Pence” Wood, and John “War is Coming” Pierce have come under fire.
Giuliani and Wood have served as lawyers for Trump. Pierce was Giuliani’s lawyer for Ukraine. Pierce and Wood were on a Board of Directors which solicited donations for their then-client Kenosha shooter, and Trump supported, Kyle Rittenhouse.
Giuliani hired John Pierce’s firm for issues with Ukraine in November 2019, the firm essentially cratered months later. Pierce recently said Giuliani remains a “close friend.”
News hit this month that the New York Bar Association has moved to kick Giuliani out of its membership.
A complaint against Giuliani was filed by New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Democrat, requesting that disbarring Giuliani be considered.
Another group of lawyers has bonded together in an effort to get Giuliani disbarred.
And finally, Rudy perhaps took the biggest blow of all when Dominion Voting System filed a $1.3 billion lawsuit against Giuliani for alleged defamation.
The City of Detroit filed a complaint to have Lin Wood disbarred.
A Judge in Delaware took it upon himself to kick Lin Wood off a case the attorney had filed on behalf of Carter Page, stating Wood had engaged in a “toxic stew of mendacity, prevarication and surprising incompetence.”
And, Joy Reid, of MSNBC, has moved to kick Lin Wood off a defamation case against her in New York, with the filing stating:
“Mr. Wood has traveled far beyond that [1st Amendment] boundary, encouraging the siege on the Capitol to thwart the vote count, falsely attacking the Chief Justice and the judicial system, filing frivolous lawsuits, and violating with impunity the rules of the legal profession. This Court should revoke his pro hac vice status to protect the rule of law and the public’s confidence in it.”
Pierce was co-counsel with Wood on the same Carter Page case. Shortly after Wood got the boot, Pierce quietly withdrew from the lawsuit.
Pierce also quit the Kyle Rittenhouse criminal defense in Wisconsin after prosecutors raised concerns that “[g]iven [Pierce’s] own substantial personal debts, his involvement with an unregulated and opaque ‘slush fund’ provides ample opportunity for self-dealing and fraud.”
In yet a third instance, the Los Angeles based Pierce withdrew an application to practice law in New York after another opposition raising concerns about his financial issues.
A former client reported Pierce to the California State Bar in 2019 calling him a “menace to the legal society,” the complaint was dismissed. According to Mother Jones, another complaint has been filed with the California State Bar against Pierce related to the Rittenhouse case.
The article also notes a California State Bar complaint against Pierce’s former Pierce Bainbridge Los Angeles Office Managing Partner Amman Khan (Withers Bergman, Withers Worldwide). The complaint was dismissed because it did “not present sufficient facts to support an investigation,” per a communication from California State Bar attorney named Scott D. Karpf.
On top of these misfortunes, a Houston-based litigation funding company named Virage Capital Management said in a filing this month that Pierce’s firm owes the funder “no less than $59 million.”
Pierce’s longtime co-name-on-the-door partner at the firm that ran up the $59 million debt, David L. Hecht of Hecht Partners LLP, was the subject of a recent filing of interest in the ethics context of this discussion. The filing said Hecht’s own clients testified he “deceived them into signing papers”, and that Hecht said lawyers in the case “told him that they may report him to the bar for his conduct.”
As for the three featured lawyers, Rudy Giuliani, Lin Wood and John Pierce, the circumstances suggest a “banquet of consequences” may be coming; and that perhaps another perceived reality is on tap. . .
“No matter how fast you run, your lies will catch up to you.” ~ Anon
Addendum: A 90-second video created by Jennifer Sulkess covering inflammatory rhetoric of Rudy Giuliani, Lin Wood and John Pierce surrounding the attack on the Capitol is eye-opening viewing. Sound up.
Don Lewis is @DonLew87 on Twitter and @donlewis-2215 on Medium