Sean C. Pierce
Sean Pierce handles labor and employment, professional liability, and product liability (including drug and medical device, mass tort, and environmental and toxic tort) litigation, with an emphasis on complex litigation and class actions. Sean provides advice to clients to assist them in the successful running of their business, including counseling on litigation avoidance.
Representing management in labor and employment matters, Sean handles charges, investigations, and litigation involving matters arising under all state and federal laws. In state court, Sean handles claims/litigation regarding workers’ compensation, retaliatory discharge, unemployment compensation claims, and tort claims in the employment context such as wrongful discharge, breach of contract, fraud, outrage, invasion of privacy, assault and battery, false imprisonment, defamation, drug and alcohol-related issues, covenants not-to-compete, restraint of trade, trade secrets, and the Alabama Age Discrimination Act. Sean also represents management with regard to all federal statutes involving the employment relationship.
Sean also defends professional liability claims against attorneys, accountants, financial advisors and institutions, engineers, architects and other design professionals, insurance agents and brokers, notaries and real estate professionals.
Sean was named as an Alabama Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for 2010-13, and as a “Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney” for 2015. He was appointed to the Birmingham Bar Association’s inaugural Diversity/Inclusivity Committee in 2015 and the Alabama State Bar’s Diversity Committee in 2016. He is on the Steering Committee of DRI’s Professional Liability Committee and has served as the Chair and/or Vice Chair of its Real Estate and Design Professionals Substantive Law Groups.
Labor and Employment
General and Complex Litigation
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
U.S. Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit
University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2001
University of Alabama, B.S., Commerce and Business Administration, 1997
Alabama State Bar
Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
Birmingham Bar Association, Diversity/Inclusivity Committee
Defense Research Institute, Professional Liability Committee
Publications and Speeches
“Evaluating & Stopping High Exposure Employment Claims,” Professional Liability Attorney Network Conferences in Atlanta, Chicago, Hartford and New York, and to numerous individual insurance and corporate clients, 2012-2015
“Lawyer Malpractice: Trends and Defense Strategies,” Professional Liability Attorney Network Conferences, 2015
“Professional Liability Insurance Coverage: A Compendium of State Law,” co-author, Defense Research Institute, Mississippi Chapter, 2013
“FLSA/Wage and Hour Compliance,” author, Sterling Education Services’ Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law, August 2013
“Alabama Now Has America’s Toughest New Immigration Laws ‑ And What That Means for Alabama Employers,” author, The Alabama Self-Insurer, Fall 2011
“Class Action Settlements-Objections and Opt-Out Issues,” HarrisMartin’s Chinese Drywall Litigation Conference, October 2010
“Negotiating Separation Agreements in Difficult Termination Situations,” and “Employment Issues in the Paperless Workplace,” Sterling Education Services’ Employment Law Update seminar, December 2007
“Resolving Employment Claims in Alabama Without Suit Being Filed, and What to Do If You Are Sued,” University of Alabama School of Medicine and The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety, Annual Occupational Medicine Conference, September 2007
“Update on the Evolving Face of Retaliatory Discharge Law Since Alabama Power Co. v. Aldridge,” author, The Alabama Self-Insurer, Winter 2005, pp. 5-13; The Journal of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, April 2005, Vol. 21, No. 1