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Whit Pierce

Whit Pierce

Associate

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Overview

Whit Pierce concentrates his practice in intellectual property disputes and commercial litigation.  Prior to joining the firm, he had the honor of clerking for the Honorable Samuel G. Wilson in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.  Whit earned his law degree from Wake Forest University, where he was an active board member of the Wake Forest Law Review.

Achievements
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Listed Intellectual Property Litigation (2017)
  • Triad Business Journal's Forty Under 40 (2016)
  • Law Alumni Council Scholar
  • Donald L. Smith and Manila G. Shaver Scholar
  • Most Outstanding Wake Forest Law Review Staff Member, 2010
Experience

Representative Work

  • Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC v. Willowood, LLC (MDNC, Judge Catherine Eagles) (prosecution of patent infringement and copyright claims)
  • Kayser-Roth Corp. v. Goodhew, LLC (MDNC, Judge Loretta Biggs) (prosecution of trademark claims)
  • Allergan, Inc. v. Apotex, Inc. (MDNC, Judge Catherine Eagles) (defense of patent infringement claims) 
  • Celgard, LLC v. LG Chem, Ltd. et al. (WDNC, Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr.) (prosecution of patent infringement claims relating to lithium battery technology) (2014-2015)
  • Kingsdown, Incorporated v. W. Eric Hinshaw, Rebecca Hinshaw, and Anne Ray (NC Business Court) (Judge Louis A. Bledsoe, III) (2014-present)
  • Celgard, LLC v. SK Innovation Co., Ltd. (WDNC, Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr.) (prosecution of patent infringement claims relating to lithium battery technology) (2013-2015)
  • Precision Fabrics Group, Inc. v. Tietex International, Ltd. (MDNC, Judge Thomas D. Schroeder) (prosecution of patent infringement claims relating to thermally protective fabric technology) (2013-present)

Experience

  • Law Clerk, Honorable Samuel G. Wilson, United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 2011‒2013
  • Former Officer in the U.S. Navy


* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

Thought Leadership

Published Works

  • "A New Frontier in Federal Court: The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016," The Middle Ground, Newsletter of the MDNC Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Fall 2016
  • Federal Judiciary Electronic Filing Headaches--How to Prevent Them, For the Defense, July 2015
  • The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: The Debate over the Proportionality and Specificity Amendments, For the Defense, July 2014
  • Attorney-Client Privilege and Work-Product Issues in Business Litigation, Manuscript for the North Carolina Bar Association, January 2013 (co-authored with Rick Coughlin)
  • The Law Review is Dead, Long Live the Law Review: A Closer Look at the Declining Judicial Citation of Legal Scholarship, 45 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1185 (2010) (co-authored with Anne E. Reuben)
Community
  • Board Member, Greensboro Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
  • Reading Buddy at Hampton Elementary School
  • Rose Council, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Barrister's Book Buddies, 2011‒2013
  • Chairman, Wake Forest Innocence Project, 2010‒2011
Education
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2011
  • North Carolina State University, B.S., Biological Sciences, 2000
Admissions
  • Virginia, 2011
  • North Carolina, 2013
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Affiliations
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Greensboro Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Veterinary Medical Law Association
  • Guilford Inn of Court
Academic Honors
  • Wake Forest Law Review, Executive Editor
  • Law Alumni Council Scholar
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