Timothy L. Pierce

Managing Partner, Los Angeles Office

10100 Santa Monica Blvd., 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067

United States of America

Mr. Pierce’s practice almost exclusively involves legal matters in the construction industry. He works with construction industry clients from the inception of a project and the formation of contracts to the resolution of claims in litigation. Based on his 30 years of experience working with the construction industry, Mr. Pierce looks for unique solutions to construction disputes to achieve solutions that are efficient and cost effective for his clients. Mr. Pierce was recently recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the Top 50 Litigators in Los Angeles in 2018 and 2019. An experienced litigator, Mr. Pierce has had extensive trial experience in construction matters, having tried over 15 cases to juries totaling approximately 90 weeks in front of juries. In 2005, Mr. Pierce obtained a $37 million judgment on behalf of a contractor on a power plant project after a ten week jury trial. The judgment was one of the top ten California jury trial verdicts in 2005. In 2006, Mr. Pierce successfully defended a contractor in a false claims case by the City of Los Angeles in which a unanimous jury found in favor of his client. The client also recovered its attorneys’ fees under the California False Claims Act. In 2017, Mr. Pierce led a trial team that obtained a jury verdict in excess of $30M and the case ultimately settled for more than the verdict amount. His construction experience includes prosecuting and defending construction contract, construction defect and design defect claims on behalf of owners, contractors and design professionals on both private and public projects. Mr. Pierce also has assisted contractors with bid protests and MBE and DBE matters.

In addition to his construction law practice, Mr. Pierce also focuses on insurance and risk management issues in the construction industry, with an emphasis on representing insureds to maximize coverage for construction claims. He also has substantial experience in the defense of ADA Title III public access claims and was trial counsel in one of the few Title III cases to go to trial in California. Mr. Pierce was named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine in 2006 and 2008-2020. K&L Gates' Construction Law practice was ranked Tier 1 in both the National and Los Angeles categories of the U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers survey.

Mr. Pierce is also the managing partner of the K&L Gates Los Angeles office.


  • B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1980)
    (Mechanical Engineering; cum laude)
  • M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1982)
    (Mechanical Engineering)
  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law (1988)
    (with honors)


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