PAULA PIERCE is Of Counsel to the firm; she received her JD, summa cum laude in 1986 from the South Texas College of Law and a BA, cum laude from Trinity University.  She was ranked 4th in her law class finishing in the top 1% while serving as Technical Editor of the South Texas Law Journal, Brief Writer, and on Moot Court Teams.  She was also selected to the Order of Lytae (honor society) and was inducted as a Barrister of the American Inns of Court in 2014.     
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In addition to her Texas State Bar License, Paula is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Southern Districts of Texas and the U.S. Fifth Circuit.

Her legal career has included serving as Texas Supreme Court Briefing Attorney for Justice James P. Wallace, handling medical malpractice, product liability and complex civil litigation and serving in both legal and managerial capacities with the Texas Legal Services Center.  Her numerous legal awards include the Houston Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Award and Advocate of the Year from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault.

BAR ACTIVITES include:

  • American Bar Association (Committee on Lawyer Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Consumer Protection Committee and the General Practice Solo Section); 
  • State Bar of Texas (Consumer and Commercial Law Section, Poverty Law Section);
  • Austin Bar Association (Solo and Small Firm Section)
  • American Inns of Court, Calvert Inn (Master)
  • Texas Victim Services Association; and
  • Texas Victim Services Coalition

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Paula is an author and speaker on numerous issues affecting consumers, the elderly, victims of crime, and lawyers who serve victims.  Her most recent publications and presentations include:

"No Contest: Why Protective Orders Provide Victims Superior Protection to Bond Conditions", Paula Pierce and Brian Quillan American Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 40:3.

"Legilslative Update," State Bar of Texas 9th Annual Advanced Consumer & Commercial Law Course, August 22-23, 2013 (Houston)

"Managing ACA Compliance for Non-Profits," Team NFP, 2016

"The Lurking Pirahna: Anti-SLAPP Statutes," Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court, 2016

"Legal Issues for Businesses," Women Grow, February 2016

"Smile: You’re on Candid Camera, the public’s right to film interactions with law enforcement," Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court, 2015