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Kit A. Pierson

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
Washington, DC, USA

Kit Pierson, a Partner, joined the Firm in 2009 and is co-Chair of Cohen Milstein's Antitrust Practice Group.

Mr. Pierson has spent the last two decades handling civil litigation matters in antitrust cases and other complex litigation. As a Shareholder at Heller Ehrman from 1997-2008, Mr. Pierson represented clients in large antitrust class action litigation and False Claims Act litigation, including significant jury trials. Mr. Pierson also has a longstanding commitment to civil rights matters and pro bono representation and recently was lead counsel for one of the Guantanamo detainees in a successful habeas corpus challenge to the legality of his confinement.

Mr. Pierson has represented clients in class actions and other antitrust cases of national significance. Mr. Pierson represented Microsoft Corporation in antitrust class action litigation and other matters and was one of the trial attorneys representing Microsoft in jury trials in Gordon v. Microsoft (Minnesota) and Comes v. Microsoft (Iowa). Mr. Pierson represented 3M Company in antitrust class actions challenging bundled discounted in federal and state court. He represented the American Booksellers Association in antitrust litigation on behalf of its members (independent bookstores across the country) in American Booksellers Association v. Houghton Mifflin (S.D.N.Y.). These cases resulted in the entry of consent decrees against several of the leading publishers in the United States, and were followed by successful litigation against one of the publishers based on violations of the consent decrees. Mr. Pierson represented dock and trucking companies in Erie Port Authority v. Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad (E.D. Pa.), an antitrust case challenging a conspiracy by large railroad companies to restrain trade in the shipment of iron ore and resulted in a substantial jury verdict for the plaintiffs.

Mr. Pierson is chair of Cohen Milstein's pro bono committee. From 2006-2008, he was the chair of Heller Ehrman's pro bono and community service program for the firm's thirteen offices. Mr. Pierson has been actively involved in pro bono representation, including representation of a habeas corpus petitioner in Ahmed v. Obama (D.D.C.), where a federal court determined that the petitioner was being unlawfully detained at Guantanamo and ordered his release.

Mr. Pierson is a Member of the ACLU of Maryland's Committee on Litigation and Legal Priorities and a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Mr. Pierson has also represented the District of Columbia Bar Association in litigation and served on a Committee established by the District of Columbia Bar and the Access to Justice Commission to expand pro bono representation by law firms in the District of Columbia.

Mr. Pierson is a 1979 graduate of Macalester College, where he received a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Economics and Political Science. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School (magna cum laude) in 1983, where he was a Note Editor of the Michigan Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Mr. Pierson served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Harry T. Edwards, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, from 1983-1984 and as a law clerk for the Honorable Chief Judge John Feikens, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, from 1984-1985.


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