About The Pearce Law Firm
Philadelphia Personal Injury & Employment Lawyer
The Pearce Law Firm is dedicated to client care and personal attention. The Pearce Law Firm is proud that we are unique. Many large personal injury law firms have dozens of attorneys to deal with and you rarely speak with the top attorney at the firm. The Pearce Law Firm is different. At the Pearce Law Firm, your case is personally handled by Edith with one other attorney personally assigned to your case so that you know your case is receiving personal attention. If you have a question about your case, you are able to speak directly with Edith and the attorney assigned to your case.
Edith A. Pearce, Esquire
An exceptionally smart (she is a member of MENSA) and gifted personal injury lawyer, Edith A. Pearce is a well known legal expert who has appeared on various television programs including The Wally Kennedy Show on ABC, It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle and Philadelphia Legal View on Comcast TV. Edith has been consistently listed by Philadelphia Magazine as a “Super Lawyer” in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015. The Super Lawyer designation is awarded to only 5% of Pennsylvania lawyers, and is based on a survey of more than 34,000 lawyers across Pennsylvania. Edith Pearce has received the highest rating (AV Rating) from Martindale-Hubbell, the country’s preeminent personal injury lawyer rating service. An AV rating signifies a lawyer who has “achieved the highest levels of professional skill and integrity,” and is only awarded to about 2 out of every 10 lawyers.
William J. Ringland, II, Esquire
William J. Ringland is an associate at The Pearce Law Firm. Mr. Ringland was selected to the 2013 Pennsylvania Rising Stars List, an award only give to 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Pennsylvania who are age 40 and under or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Mr. Ringland’s practice includes a broad variety of employment matters, including the representation of plaintiffs in disability, sex, gender, age, and race discrimination claims; representation at unemployment compensation hearings; and various other employment matters. Mr. Ringland’s practice also includes plaintiff’s personal injury, including medical malpractice, motor vehicle and premises liability.
Prior to joining The Pearce Law Firm, Mr. Ringland served as a Staff Attorney at the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program as a Conwell Community Fellow. Mr. Ringland’s work at Philadelphia VIP included litigating divorce, custody and child support matters for low income Philadelphians, as well as acting as a liaison for Philadelphia’s pro bono hub.
Mr. Ringland received his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2009, where he was awarded “Outstanding Oral Advocacy” and “Distinguished Classroom Performance” in Temple’s top ranked trial advocacy program. He received his B.A., with honors, from Temple University, with a dual major in English and Political Science.
Mr. Ringland is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Brett A. Kier, Esquire
Brett A. Kier is an Associate at The Pearce Law Firm. Brett focuses his practice on employment matters, including the representation of plaintiffs in race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability discrimination cases. He also handles personal injury litigation, dealing primarily with claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and defective products.
Mr. Kier received his J.D. from the Drexel University School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the Drexel Law Review. While in law school, Brett completed pro bono work with the American Civil Liberties Union and played an integral part in monitoring the Philadelphia Police Department’s stop-and-frisks policies as part of a 2011 consent decree. Mr. Kier received a B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University in 2008.
Before studying law, Brett spent 3 years at a geotechnical engineering firm, where he managed on-site inspection activities and provided clients with geotechnical engineering recommendations for large and small construction projects. He draws on that experience to provide a broad and dynamic perspective to the legal profession.
Brett A. Kier is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Nicole Vitale, Esquire
Nicole Vitale is an associate at the Pearce Law Firm, P.C.. She has been selected to Pennsylvania Rising Stars for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, an award given only to 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Pennsylvania who are under age 40 and have been practicing for ten years or less. Ms. Vitale has represented both Plaintiffs and Defendants in a wide variety of personal injury matters including; motor vehicle accidents; premises liability actions; medical malpractice; nursing home litigation; a variety of discrimination matters related to sex, gender, age, and race claims; as well as a variety of other employment matters.
Prior to joining The Pearce Law Firm, Ms. Vitale had substantial experience working vigorously on behalf of Plaintiffs. She worked for a high-volume Plaintiffs’ litigation firm, handling a large caseload of a variety of personal injury matters in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She also represented Plaintiffs in Lemon Law, Magnuson Moss Breach of Warranty Claims, and products liability claims. However, she chose to leave a high-volume setting in favor of providing her clients with very personalized, one on one, attention, which is the practice of The Pearce Law Firm.
In addition to her experience on behalf of Plaintiffs, Ms. Vitale has worked on behalf of Defendants in both the corporate defense and in-house counsel settings for insurance companies. Her experience on both sides of the table gives Ms, Vitale an edge, as she can provide a well balanced evaluation of each claim and is able to maximize settlement values, as she is aware of the “tricks of the trade.” While she has substantial success in resolving claims prior to trial, she is always preparing to take a matter to trial and has successfully tried more than 75 matters to verdict throughout a variety of jurisdictions in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Ms. Vitale received her J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2007. She also traveled to London for study, where she received a certification from the world-renowned University of Oxford. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.