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Aaron H. Pierce is a highly sought after business attorney and litigator with a deep and diverse corporate and litigation background. Mr. Pierce represents clients in connection with a wide range of corporate, financing and entrepreneurial transactions with a particular focus in the entertainment industry especially as regards film, music, and social media. Mr. Pierce advises clients on issues in connection with company formation, general contract matters, corporate governance, employment matters, applications for tax-exempt status, private offerings, and compliance with securities regulations. Mr. Pierce also represents hundreds of clients in the hospitality industry, including bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels, and is highly experienced in State Liquor Authority application and compliance issues and actions.
Mr. Pierce routinely prepares and negotiates intellectual property agreements (including license, coexistence, and website agreements). He also is experienced in intellectual property litigation, including matters connected with trademarks, copyrights, right of publicity and anti-counterfeiting.
In addition to Mr. Pierce’s corporate transactional practice, he also regularly represents clients in a wide variety of commercial litigations in both state and federal court. Mr. Pierce has had first-chair and second-chair responsibilities in litigations for several different clients including bench and jury trials in both state and federal court. He is known to colleagues and clients alike as a focused and thoughtful litigator.
Aaron was selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2019, and was also included in New York Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, for 2015-2024. Aaron regularly teaches Entrepreneurial and Entertainment Law seminars and classes, and is a faculty member at the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education, The Marino Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and Parsons School of Design.
Mr. Pierce has been intrinsically involved in the entertainment industry in New York City for 25 years, and represents some of the largest venues and concert promoters in the country, provides counsel throughout many segments of the entertainment industry, including film, music, theater, and publishing, and serves as general counsel to several NYC-based artist management companies. Mr. Pierce also provides consulting services to up-and-coming artists, artist managers, art galleries, independent labels, film producers, and art curators.
Pierce & Kwok LLP is an accessible, client-focused law firm that represents entrepreneurs, performing and visual artists, small businesses, start-ups, and midsize companies at every stage in an artist’s career, or in the corporate life cycle of a business, from incubation, startup, growth, angel and venture financing, to merger, acquisition, or IPO.