Carolyn Pearce's practice encompasses a broad range of business disputes and complex commercial litigation, including false claims litigation, consumer products litigation, and class actions. Ms. Pearce recently played an integral role in successfully defending a waste, recycling, and composting company in two consecutive jury trials: the first involved more than 150 alleged false claims brought under the California False Claims Act, and the second involved claims of alleged "whistleblower" retaliation. She represents a major consumer products company and global convenience store franchisor in defending against consumer fraud class actions and individual actions brought in both state and federal court.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Pearce clerked for the Honorable William L. Osteen, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. She also served as a volunteer attorney in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she worked on behalf of a defendant in a high-profile federal death penalty case. At the University of North Carolina School of Law, Ms. Pearce served as the Executive Comments Editor for the North Carolina Law Review.

Experience

  • Recology as trial counsel in six-week jury trial involving claims of alleged whistleblower retaliation. Result: complete defense verdict.
  • Adobe in complete dismissal of breach of contract and fraud claims brought by an individual.
  • Private equity firm American Capital, Ltd. in complete dismissal of securities and fraud claims brought by former employees of a portfolio company.

Perspectives

Materiality Under the California FCA: Our Money Is on Escobar over Contreras
Qui Notes
Why Escobar Materiality Rule Applies To California FCA
California Law360, Government Contracts Law360, Real Estate Law360, Transportation Law360
Lit Alerts—August 2016 (Second Edition)
A publication of the Litigation Practice Group
Lit Alerts—August 2016 (First Edition)
A publication of the Litigation Practice Group
Lit Alerts—July 2016
A Publication of the Litigation Practice Group
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Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008, with honors
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004, with distinction
Admissions
  • California
  • District of Columbia
Clerkships
  • US District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, The Honorable William L. Osteen, Jr.
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