Paula Jo Pierce have been practicing law for 30 years. I received my bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Trinity University in San Antonio and my law degree, summa cum laude, from South Texas College of Law in Houston.
After serving a year as a briefing attorney to the state’s highest court, I worked as a litigation associate in a small personal injury law firm in Houston.
In 1990, my family moved to Austin. Working part-time as a staff attorney at Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC) gave me the ability to have lots of time with my children while they were growing up.
When my youngest child entered high school, I transitioned to a full-time legal practice at Texas Legal Services Center. Working in a legal aid organization allowed me to develop a diverse set of skills spanning several areas of the law.
Starting a business is exhilarating but stressful, and it is hard to justify huge legal fees in times of financial uncertainty. Every business deserves a general counsel or consigliere, but in-house general counsel is out of reach for small businesses.
That is why I offer limited scope services. Businesses can economically outsource their general counsel needs to a law firm by taking advantage of flexible fee structures. Having an attorney handle every aspect of an issue can be expensive.
In 2005, I had the unique opportunity to work with people who were plagued by a crime that had received little attention: identity theft. At that time, there were few resources available to identity theft victims and few lawyers with experience helping them.
As the managing attorney for TLSC’s identity theft project, I learned about the federal and state laws that can be used by victims to recover from the crime and helped develop a victim’s toolkit. I also represented identity theft victims in court.
Several times, I was the first lawyer to appear in a court on behalf of an identity theft victim. This work gave me an inside look at the challenge cyber-crime poses for businesses.
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