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Pierce & Hughes represents people who have suffered serious personal injuries, and has done so with distinction for more than three decades.  Our philosophy is simple: prepare every case to go to trial.  Our skills and experience allow us to offer sound legal advice and zealous advocacy to clients who have suffered injuries through the fault of others.   Learn More:

 

Motor Vehicle Crashes

Car, motorcycle, trolley car, bus, train and truck crashes are the most common causes of personal injuries that bring people to seek the advice of an attorney. At Pierce & Hughes, we have more than 50 years of combined experience in preparing and trying injury cases caused by the careless operation of motor vehicles. Our team includes a dedicated, caring litigation paralegal who is highly specialized in the personal injury field and who has helped our clients through the entire process since 1980. Our state-of-the-art computer system is equipped with software specifically designed to manage the many details and deadlines of litigation, and helps to ensure our clients’ cases advance toward a successful conclusion in a timely manner.

Premises Liability

Sometimes referred to as “slip and fall”, cases in this category of injury-causing conduct are actually governed by complex rules and standards, and occur due to many causes and in many venues. For example, we have represented people who

  • • Stepped on hazards hidden by snow
    • Fell on unplowed or unsalted parking lots after snow and ice storms
    • Were attacked by uncontrolled dogs
    • Ate contaminated food
    • Suffered injuries when chairs (and even toilets) collapsed suddenly beneath them
    • Were hurt due to absent or inadequate lighting
    • Slipped on poorly maintained or designed floors or stairs

These injuries have taken place on job sites, in parking lots outside of grocery stores, in hotel rooms and lobbies, in restaurants and casinos, at water parks, and outside of fast food restaurants, to name just a few. In many instances, the key to a premises liability case is knowing what industry standards or building codes require, knowing what kind of expert to hire, and using the expert’s subject matter expertise to either leverage a favorable settlement, or to win a full and fair verdict at trial.

Family Law

Pierce & Hughes has vast experience assisting families in their happy, and not so happy, life-changing situations. Adoption, prenuptial agreements, paternity, child and spousal support, custody, equitable distribution, and divorce all play increasingly prominent roles in modern life. Michael P. Pierce is an experienced advisor and an effective advocate in all aspects of Family Law, and has served as local counsel assisting nationally-renowned attorneys representing high-profile clients in the Pennsylvania courts.  Learn More:

Medical Malpractice

Although tragic, not every bad medical outcome is an indication of medical malpractice. Pierce & Hughes has examined the merits of hundreds of medical negligence claims since 1983. The changing legal landscape has made these cases increasingly difficult, but far from impossible to prove. Certain kinds of malpractice claims often have merit, such as failure to prevent the development of bed sores or dangerous deterioration of a patient’s condition in a hospital emergency room.  We at Pierce & Hughes encourage you to call for a free, no obligation consultation if you think you or your loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice.

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation laws are designed expressly to limit the rights of the injured worker. Since the early 1990s, a series of complex changes to Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation laws have made the injured worker’s life even tougher. Pierce & Hughes has an unparalleled rate of success in representing injured workers. Our 30 years of experience is crucial in helping you navigate this confusing and frustrating area of litigation. Since Pennsylvania law limits legal fees for injured workers, you should never be asked for “up front” money or fees under any circumstances. What’s more, you should never be treated like a second-class citizen by your own attorney just because his fee will be limited by law. We at Pierce & Hughes have represented union and non-union workers, from temporary laborers and skilled tradesmen to highly-paid white collar workers, with professionalism and pride. Through Pierce & Hughes, they’ve gotten fast, fair compensation for their losses.
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General Practice

Since they began practicing, Michael P. Pierce and Paul Hughes have often been contacted by clients contemplating litigation for reasons ranging from business or real estate transactions gone wrong, to estate plans that proved defective. These experiences have taught us to help clients avoid the time and expense of litigation through our careful planning and preparation. Most importantly, we don’t pretend to know everything, so we have established a reliable network of professional colleagues throughout the tri-state area and southern New York to whom we refer clients with specialized legal needs. There are still many areas of general practice where Pierce & Hughes can help clients with quick and cost-effective action. The following are just a few examples.  Learn More:

Business Formation, Counseling, and Commercial Litigation

Many of our business clients are in the construction industry. For many years we’ve helped roofers, painting contractors, plumbers, mechanical contractors, and many others in the construction trades overcome the obstacles common to every business. Whether large or small, all businesses confront complicated issues on a daily basis, including slow pay, mechanics’ liens, and difficulty obtaining financing.  Our clients include graphic artists, florists, civil engineers, landscape contractors, delicatessens, and a host of other businesses.  If your business needs help, please call us for a free consultation.

Real Estate & Zoning

Whether you are purchasing your first property or preparing a zoning application for a subdivision, Pierce & Hughes can help you prepare, negotiate, and if necessary, litigate for the outcome you want.  Learn More:

Municipal Law

Since 1985, Pierce & Hughes attorneys have served as the appointed solicitors for the State Association of First Class Townships, as well as for Delaware County Boroughs, Townships, Municipal Authorities, Public School Boards, Zoning Boards, a volunteer ambulance corps, a Civil Service Board, and the County Domestic Relations Office.  This deep and diverse experience in municipal affairs provides a high level of insight that helps clients navigate the complexities of local government regulations and customs while achieving their community or business needs.  Learn More:

Wills & Estate Settlement

We provide will preparation and estate settlement services to people of all income levels. We have developed extensive expertise in litigating claims of Common Law Marriage, which continue to be the subject of litigation when estates are being settled. We also represent people in will contests, claims of incapacity, and many other matters overseen by the Register of Wills and the Orphans’ Court.

Elder Law

Pierce & Hughes realizes the important and unique needs of their aging clients and those who love them.  We also understand the importance of having up-to-date and extensive knowledge of the many aspects of elder law and estate planning.  Meeting with a Pierce & Hughes lawyer to review the different options is a vital and cost-saving first step in securing the proper protections for you or your family’s financial assets.  Learn More:

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