David Albert Pierce, a lawyer who specialized in the entertainment industry and founded Pierce Law Group, LLP, in Beverly Hills in 1996, passed away on July 29 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. During the course of his career, he represented clients ranging from Milton Berle and The Comedy Store to movies like the 2012 Oscar-winning film The Artist. He was 56.
His family informed everyone of his passing. There was no mention of the cause of death.
Pierce, who was raised in Lewiston, New York, attended Binghamton University and Cornell Law School before graduating. In numerous movies, such as The Hunger Games, Cabin Fever, and this year’s Theater Camp, his name can be seen on-screen.
In addition to his law practice, Pierce has been an adjunct professor at Elon University and Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television since 1998, as well as a guest lecturer at St. Petersburg University in Russia. He has also taught an annual course on the business of running a motion picture production company at UCLA Extension since 1998. He frequently delivered lectures at film festivals and other seminars all over the world, in places like the Dominican Republic, Slamdance Film Festival, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Pierce served as a board member of the Friars Club in Beverly Hills as well as the chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Entertainment Law Section. He contributed frequently to MovieMaker Magazine.
He is survived by his wife Eliane Vieira Gomes Pierce, his siblings Jeffrey Pierce, Jamie Albright, and Alyse Brovitzand, as well as their spouses and other close relatives.