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Attorney For Rudy Giuliani Seeks Permission To Practice Out Of State — But His Bar Status Conflicts

For his role in Ukraine, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, hired legal representation of his own. That firm — Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht — has since been caught up in scandal and struggle. The firm has split, with over half the partners listed in the name leaving, so that it’s now just Pierce Bainbridge. John Pierce in particular has his own ties to Giuliani, and is facing his own legal situations. Currently, he’s seeking the right to practice in another state — and being called out for a contradiction in his bar status.

Rudy Giuliani's attorney troubles
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According to Law Fuel, Pierce recently filed to be admitted “pro hac vice,” which would allow an attorney who is licensed to practice in one state to join a single case in another state. Specifically, Pierce, who is licensed in New York, was requesting to join a case in Delaware.

“The one-page submission…represents: “…[John M. Pierce] is admitted, practicing, and in good standing in the State of New York.” This appears to conflict with Pierce’s bar status being listed as “Resigned” on the NYCourts.gov website.”

The Wall Street Journal reported back in November that Giuliani had hired attorneys from Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht. Federal prosecutors were at that point reportedly investigating Giuliani’s business dealings in Ukraine, after Trump was accused of holding back funding to leverage an announcement of an investigation into his probable 2020 election opponent, Joe Biden. After this became public, the funds were released without an investigation or announcement thereof.

Pierce has also said that he and Giuliani have a personal friendship.



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