We bring to each of our clients the skills, knowledge and judgment gained from representing clients in hundreds of cases. Our attorneys have tried over 100 jury cases to verdict. Our trial preparation and our reputation as courtroom attorneys often create the opportunity for a negotiated settlement. For those cases that do go to trial, you’ll know that your trial team is equipped and prepared to try the case to win.

Our Values

  • We put our client’s interests first.
  • We are personally committed to providing excellent legal work.
  • We respect the judicial system.
  • We charge a fair fee.

Why Jury Verdicts Matter

The lawyer who is known as a true trial attorney also gets cases settled—often faster and on better terms. Why? Because the ability to try and win the case is the ultimate settlement advantage. If you want your case to resolve favorably, with or without a trial, your attorney’s experience, winning record in court, and reputation are your best assets.
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Practice Areas


The firm’s aviation litigation group, led by Mark Pierce—an experienced pilot and flight instructor as well as a renowned aviation trial lawyer—is dedicated to investigating and proving root causes of airplane and helicopter crashes that result in injuries and death to pilots, passengers, and persons on the ground. Mark is known to the aviation industry as a tenacious professional who tries and wins high-profile jury trials. Aircraft owners often ask Mark to represent them in claims arising from buyer-seller business disputes and from damage to business and personal aircraft.


Intellectual Property

Intellectual property cases often create serious financial risks and opportunities. Kurt Sauer leads Pierce Sauer’s intellectual property group. Our attorneys have represented clients ranging from individual inventors to large, multi-national corporations in patent, trademark, and copyright infringement cases. We have worked to protect the original works of authors and musicians. We have defended our clients’ trademarks from competitors’ unfair use. And we have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of technical areas in patent infringement cases.


Business Litigation

Kurt Sauer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience, leads the firm’s business litigation group. The firm’s attorneys have helped our clients resolve a wide array of business cases concerning real estate, banking, bankruptcy, sale of businesses, partnerships, aircraft sales and damage, oil and gas, accounting, professional licensing, fraud, construction, trade secrets, and insurance. With each case, our attorneys spend the time required to understand each client’s financial and scheduling goals. We then work with our client to create the best opportunity to reach those goals, either through negotiation or trial.


Personal Injury

Families who have suffered loss from dangerous products, major trucking accidents, airplane or helicopter crashes, and industrial disasters need help understanding why the catastrophe happened—and what can be done about it. Our attorneys know that early, tactically smart investigation is critical. A sound action plan for resolution—either by out-of-court settlement or trial—is what our clients want, deserve, and can expect from our attorneys. We will keep you informed as we use our experience and resources to fight for you and your family.


News Brief

Helicopter crash near Raton, N.M. claims life of Zimbabwe opposition leader and others

New Mexico State Police are reporting that a Bell UH-1 helicopter crash east of Raton, New Mexico has killed Roy Bennett, a Zimbabwean opposition leader. Also killed in the crash were 55-year-old Eileen Bennett, pilot Jamie Coleman Dodd of Trinidad, Colorado, co-pilot Paul Cobb of Conroe, Texas, and Charles Ryland Burnett of Houston, Texas. One passenger
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General aviation accidents: passengers deserve safe pilots

Is your pilot legal and safe? Many pilots enjoy personal flying because it provides a sense of freedom. However, their passengers are entitled to expect that a pilot who has a license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration is qualified and competent to conduct the flight and will do so safely and in accordance with
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Mark Pierce’s aviation verdict named largest in Texas in 2016

Trial lawyer Mark Pierce’s verdict for a pilot’s injuries in the airplane crash case of Sajib v. Global Aviation Services, Inc. has been named the largest aviation verdict in Texas in 2016, according to multiple verdict search services, including topverdict.com and Texas Lawyer magazine. Mr. Pierce represented the co-pilot in the Sajib case, who was severely injured when,
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Aviation attorney Pierce speaks on “Buying and Selling Private Aircraft: What Could Go Wrong?”

Austin aviation attorneys Mark Pierce and Jason Flaherty have presented and recorded a State Bar of Texas-sponsored program on pitfalls in aircraft buy-sell transactions. Mr. Pierce and Mr. Flaherty shared their experience and expertise at the State Bar of Texas on March 29, 2017, on a wide range of issues that may arise for buyers
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