Robert N. Peirce Jr.

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Attorney Robert N. Peirce Jr. first decided to commit to a legal career when he was in high school, just after he finished reading the autobiography of Clarence Darrow, a renowned American lawyer. While in college, Bob participated as an active debater to pursue his legal goals, and was soon admitted to the Duquesne Law School. However, as a child of missionaries, he grew up without much of a living wage. In order to help pay tuition, Bob took up an interest-free loan through the University, and accepted a part-time job at the law library. Since that time, Bob has repaid the schools act of kindness a hundredfold.

After graduating from law school, Bob worked at a small, two-member law firm for a salary of $100 per week. Back then, there were no public defenders, so Bob represented the people lodged in the county jail to help supplement his income. During that first year out of law school, Bob handled roughly a dozen jury trials.

As Bob continued to gain valuable legal experience, he also branched out into politics. He was elected Clerk of Court of Allegheny County, and later to the Office of County Commissioner of Allegheny County.

By 1980, Bob was ready to branch out, and so he started the firm known today as Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. Our firm currently includes 16 spectacular lawyers and we are widely considered one of Pittsburgh’s most dominant law firms. Bob is especially proud of the accomplishments of his son, Attorney Robert N. Peirce III, who serves as the Managing Partner of the firm and has achieved a substantial amount of success so far both in and out of the courtroom.

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1962
  • Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
    • B.S.B.A. - 1959

Honors and Awards

  • Brother's Brother Foundation Award, 2015
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Duquesne University, 2003
  • Appreciation Award, Pittsburgh Hearing & Speech Association, 2001
  • Outstanding Achievement in the Area of Community Service, 1979
  • Distinguished Award, Alumni Association of Geneva College, 1978
  • Distinguished Service Award, Alumni Association of Geneva College, 1978
  • Outstanding Services as a Member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Planning Committee, 1976 - 1980
  • County Commissioner of Allegheny County, elected 1975
  • Stony Brook School Alumni Achievement Award, 1974
  • Allegheny County Home Rule Study Commission, elected 1973
  • Delegate to Republican National Convention, elected 1972, 1976 & 1980
  • Pittsburgh Jaycee Good Government Man of the Year Award, 1972
  • Good Government Man of the Year, 1971
  • Elected Clerk of Courts of Allegheny County, 1971
  • Outstanding Man in America, 1969
  • Stony Brook School Alumni Achievement Award, 1955
  • Man of the Year Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Member
  • National Panel of Arbitrators, Member
  • American Arbitrators Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, 1988 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1993 - Present
  • Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys, Member, 1995 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1987 - Present
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • Elder Law Task Force Committee
  • Heinz History Center Board of Directors, Member
  • Manchester Bidwell Corporation Board of Directors, Member
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Elder Law Task Force Committee, appointed 2015

Published Works

  • The Duquesne Lawyer, "A Debt to the Law School I've Never Forgotten", Summer, 2011
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