Recipient of 2014 Pearce Law Firm Scholarship Announced

August 5, 2015 – The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. announced today that Shayla Burnham, a student at the University of Virginia, is the recipient of the firm’s 2014 Pearce Law Firm Aspiring Pennsylvania Attorneys Scholarship.

Edith Pearce Awards Shayla Burnham

Edith Pearce Awards Shayla Burnham

This one-time, $2,000 scholarship was created by Edith Pearce, founder of The Pearce Law Firm, P.C., and is awarded annually to a Pennsylvania high school student or high school graduate who has been accepted to a college or university and who has desires to attend law school following college. The scholarship exists to encourage promising young Pennsylvania high school students to pursue a career in law after college. Applicants must be a Pennsylvania high school senior or Pennsylvania high school graduate with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Applications for The Pearce Law Firm Aspiring Pennsylvania Attorneys Scholarship for 2015 can be found online; apply for 2015 by submitting the application no later than December 31.

Recipients are chosen based on their academic achievement, involvement in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership capabilities, and the students’ financial needs. Ms. Burnham is a June 2014 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School. There, she graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was ranked in the top 3% of her class. Ms. Burnham also participated in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Mock Trial Competition for the past four years and was a member of the Cumberland Valley High School’s 2014 team. This team placed third in the 2014 competition out of more than 300 participating high schools from across Pennsylvania. In addition to these activities, Ms. Burnham was also very active in several other extracurricular activities in her school and in her community. Ms. Pearce stated of Shayla, “Although there were many outstanding applications, Shayla’s application stood out.  The Pearce Law Firm is proud to award The Pearce Law Firm Aspiring Pennsylvania Attorneys Scholarship to Shayla Burnham.”

Ms. Burnham indicated in her application for the scholarship that receiving the award would enable her to be the first member of her family to attend college and receive a college education from the University of Virginia.

The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. is a Philadelphia-based litigation firm committed to helping victims injured in personal injury accidents as well as employment disputes. Edith Pearce, a nationally-recognized trial attorney and member of MENSA, is the founder and owner of the firm. She has been recognized by Newsweek at one of the 20 Leaders in the Law, as one of Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers by the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has been named seven times as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia magazine. Ms. Pearce has also obtained an AV rating (the highest rating available) from Martindale-Hubbell, the country’s premiere personal injury lawyer rating service. This rating is only awarded to those lawyers who have demonstrated the “highest levels of professional skill and integrity.” The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. is located at 1429 Walnut Street, 14th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102 or you can contact them by phone at (215) 600-1433.


Scholarship Awarded – Empowering Women in Law

July 13, 2015 – The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. offers an annually awarded scholarship to inspire and support women who have chosen to pursue an education in the law and have career goals in a legal field that is largely male-dominated. The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship was created by Philadelphia personal injury lawyer Edith Pearce, who is also the founder and owner of her own firm – the Pearce Law Firm, P.C. The aim of the scholarship is to help women achieve their full potential by emboldening them so that they can compete and thrive as they pursue their legal education, and ultimately attain success and have a rewarding career as a female lawyer in the future.

The scholarship is awarded to hardworking, talented and dedicated women who are currently in law school that demonstrate leadership and a commitment to their legal education, their schools and their local communities, but also have financial need. Applicants must be female and attending a U.S. law school, must have completed at least one semester of law school classes, and must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in order to be eligible. The award amount is $2,000. A link to the application form for The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship for next year is available online, where you can apply for 2015. Applications are due in full no later than December 31, 2015.

2014-2015 Scholarship Recipient Mary Johnston

Edith Pearce awarding the 2014-2015 Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship to Mary Johnston.

The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship for 2014-2015 was awarded at the end of June to Mary Johnston of Bridgewater, New Jersey. Ms. Johnston is a law student at William and Mary Law School, where she has just completed her first year classes. In a demonstration of her drive and perseverance, Ms. Johnston held two jobs while attending undergrad at The College of New Jersey, and still was able to graduate with a 3.95 grade point average. Ms. Johnston was inspired to go to law school by a female supervisor that she grew close to while interning with the United States Marshals Service.

About The Pearce Law Firm

The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. is a Philadelphia-based personal injury law firm that was founded and is owned exclusively by a female lawyer, Edith Pearce. Edith Pearce leads by example, and encourages women to pursue and to strive for their career goals. She has repeatedly been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine, and listed as one of Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers by the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Details are Important in Your Personal Injury Case

Have you ever heard the phrase, “The devil is in the details.” This generally means that the small details of something can be overlooked, which can lead to problems later on because of their importance. In the instance of your personal injury case, your settlement is most definitely in the details. Understanding the importance of not overlooking the details in your case will help you obtain the settlement you need and deserve. Neither you nor your personal injury attorney can afford to ignore or miss any details.

When asked about which details could make or break a personal injury claim, a seasoned personal injury attorney will tell you there are too many to count. How do you make sure you cover all the details in a personal injury case? Here are some guidelines.

Always tell the whole story and truth to your attorney

Many times clients withhold information from their attorney because they want their case to sound more attractive.. What they don’t understand is that when money is at stake, every statement and piece of information is scrutinized, analyzed, and verified. Insurance companies will not settle a case for a large amount of money without a thorough investigation. And if they find you have falsified any information, your whole case becomes suspect; and any lie discovered in a court setting could prejudice a jury against you.

Listen to your attorney

Often clients believe they can help their case and they act against the advice of their attorney or without telling their attorney. This again can become fatal to your case. An experienced personal injury attorney will give advice based on years of experience. However, clients often want to try and “help” their case and go behind their attorney’s back. Always listen to your attorney and ask your attorney before doing anything about your case.

Loose lips sink ships

“Loose lips sink ships.” This American idiom from World War II was advice given to soldiers and other Americans in sensitive positions to avoid being careless in talking about secure information. Lives depended on adherence to these warnings; so does your case. Talking about your accident or your case with anyone could end up sinking your case if the information were to end up in the wrong hands. This, of course, applies to any email and especially all social media.

Nobody has the right to talk to you about your case except your attorney. Any correspondence from an insurance company, court representative, attorney, police officer, or anyone on the entire planet is inappropriate. Direct all inquiries to your attorney.

Sign here

Not to be facetious, but don’t sign anything after your accident without approval from your attorney; not even an autograph. No matter how innocuous a document may seem, your signature says you agree with everything on it. Even hospital documents offered for you to sign at your release could damage your case if any information has been overlooked or isn’t accurate. It only takes a moment to fax or email documents to your attorney for approval.

Choose the right personal injury attorney

An experienced personal injury attorney knows the importance of details in your case and will most likely rehearse the above information and more with you. She or he will be organized and have every detail on hand or filed away for reference. Your attorney will expect you to provide accurate documents regarding your injuries, medical bills, income, and property losses. Your attorney may even want you to keep a journal and a detailed schedule. You will be expected to attend every doctor’s appointment, fill every prescription, and follow your doctor’s advice to the letter.

If you are not a detail person, your attorney will help you to become one. Your case depends on the details you provide. Your settlement is, as we mentioned above, most definitely in the details.


Empowering Women in Law Scholarship

The Pearce Law Firm has announced the Empowering Women in Law Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship is open to women nationwide who are currently attending a law school in the United States.

The workforce is changing dramatically as bold women enter with courageous determination to make a difference and change the world. In the words or Marie Curie, “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” Women are capable beyond measure at reaching success in anything they set their mind to and the field of law is no exception. Whether it is representing a victim of sexual harassment against a large company or handling a local bicycle accident case involving a child or loved one , women are making a difference in the world of law every day.

Edith Pearce, the founder of the Pearce Law Firm P.C. in Philadelphia commented, “When I first started practicing law, many times the male attorneys would assume I was the court reporter when I entered the room for a deposition; that changed quickly when I started asking their client questions they were not always prepared for.” Edith Pearce is in a very small percentage of women who own their law firm. It can be very challenging balancing work and family life, but women should know they can have a very successful and rewarding career in the law.

According to the Wall Street Journal, women now make up one third of all the lawyers in the United States. This is a tremendous increase from the 1970’s when just 4% of all lawyers were women. The percentage of females entering law school rose steadily from 1967 from 4.9% through 2001, when women almost made up 50% of incoming law students. However, since 2002, the percentage started to decline. According to the American Bar Association Commission on Women in in the Profession’s February 2013 report, women now make up 46.8% of entering law students, a decline of almost 3% since 2001.

At the Pearce Law Firm, we believe in empowering brave women who want to keep breaking the glass ceiling of the “old boys club.” This scholarship is envisioned to encourage and support exceptional accomplishment and leadership for future women attorneys now in law school. For more information click the link below.

Scholarship Requirements