Pierce Bainbridge Founder Paid For Client's Lease, Suit Says

By Ryan Boysen (July 22, 2020, 5:24 PM EDT) -- A new suit claims Pierce Bainbridge founder John Pierce put up a client in a $1.3 million California home for nearly two years while the man was the plaintiff in a controversial suit against Microsoft, an unusual arrangement that experts said could run afoul of prohibitions on lawyers paying clients.

The client, Lenwood "Skip" Hamilton, accused Microft Inc. of using him as the inspiration for a character in its popular Gears of War video game series without his consent. Microsoft prevailed in the case in September, and Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP has appealed.

The Gears of War suit...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!