Pierce Hand is a member of the firm’s Commercial Disputes Practice team. Mr. Hand’s practice includes representing financial institutions in complex litigation involving loan servicing claims, federal lending laws and regulations, commercial contract disputes, and various commercial tort actions in state and federal courts, arbitration, and mediation settings. His practice also includes trust and estate litigation, representing individual and corporate fiduciaries in actions involving breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, and fiduciary removal.

Additionally, Mr. Hand’s federal court experience includes representing creditors in federal receivership actions and clients in ERISA litigation involving fiduciary claims, prohibited transaction claims, benefits claims, and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and stock valuation disputes. He demonstrates a commitment to pro bono by appearing in court for protective orders for domestic violence victims, litigating landlord-tenant disputes, and assisting in more high-profile representations like the firm’s involvement in a Louisiana capital post-conviction matter. Mr. Hand is also an active member of the firm’s LGBTQ Affinity Group and Lawyers of Color Affinity Group.

While in law school, Mr. Hand served as Lead Articles Editor of the Georgia State University Law Review and as a judicial intern for the Honorable Richard W. Story, Northern District of Georgia, and the Honorable Madeline H. Haikala, Northern District of Alabama. He also received multiple CALI Excellence for the Future Awards, which are given to students who earn the highest grade in a law school course.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hand joined Teach For America and worked as a high school teacher in Atlanta to expand the educational opportunities of students in underserved communities.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Caucus of Emory Black Alumni (CEBA), Atlanta Chair
    • Lambda Legal, Volunteer
    • Gate City Bar Association Scholar & Judicial Section Scholar
    • Donald Lee Hollowell Legacy Award, DeKalb Lawyers Association
    • 2016 Mendes Hershman Award, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
    • Emory Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Bankruptcy
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Mediation
    • Young Lawyers Division Steering Committee, Gate City Bar Association
    • Donald Lee Hollowell Legacy Award, DeKalb Lawyers Association
    • 2016 Mendes Hershman Award, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
    • Emory Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Bankruptcy
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Mediation
    • Young Lawyers Division Steering Committee, Gate City Bar Association
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Bankruptcy
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Mediation
    • Young Lawyers Division Steering Committee, Gate City Bar Association
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Professional Affiliations

    • Bleckley Inn of Court, 2015-16
    • Gate City Bar Association
    • Stonewall Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • State Bar of Georgia
    • Stonewall Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • State Bar of Georgia
    • State Bar of Georgia
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Publications

  • "The Eleventh Circuit’s Second Shot at Getting It Right: Nonconsensual Nondebtor Releases in Bankruptcy Court," 15 DePaul Bus. & Com. L.J. 107 (2017).
  • "Tides May Be Slowly Turning in Delaware Appraisal Arbitrage," Business Law Professor Blog, August 17, 2016
  • "Affiliative Discrimination Theory: Title VII Litigation in the Sixth Circuit," 32 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 541 (2016)
  • "Local School Systems: Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Georgia So As to Allow the General Assembly to Authorize the Establishment of an Opportunity School District," 32 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 116 (2015)