Michael D. Pierce
Offices: Richmond | Norfolk
Michael is an associate in O’Hagan Meyer’s Richmond and Norfolk offices. His practice includes matters involving labor and employment law and commercial litigation. Michael regularly appears in state and federal courts throughout Virginia, representing the interests of large entities, regional corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, and community organizations. He has experience counseling and advising clients in the realms of employee terminations, wage and hour dilemmas, non-compete agreements, workplace violence scenarios, independent contractor agreements, and worker misclassification and payroll fraud.
Michael also develops and facilitates presentations on a wide range of topics both for commercial clients and business owners as well as for attorneys and other members of the legal profession. His areas of interest include workplace harassment and discrimination, diversity and inclusion, and attorney mental health and wellness. Whether directing boardroom discussions on how to create more inclusive workplace or giving speeches on behalf of distinguished jurists, Michael uses his voice to enhance the business community.
Michael is a former adjunct professor for Hampton University and a former public-school teacher. Prior to joining the firm, he completed a judicial clerkship with the Newport News Circuit Court where he performed extensive legal research and writing for the Honorable David F. Pugh, the Honorable Timothy S. Fisher, and the Honorable Gary A. Mills. Michael also had the privilege of completing summer clerkships for two federal district court judges: The Honorable Raymond A. Jackson and the Honorable Henry E. Hudson. Michael’s extensive experience with federal and state court judges enhanced his understanding of the litigation process. Ultimately, these skills empower him to successfully advocate for clients both in and out of court.
Michael values the opportunity to serve his clients with tenacity, efficiency, and dedication. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and their five exceptional children.
- Practice Areas
Education and Admissions
- J.D., Regent University School of Law, 2015
- B.A., Christopher Newport University, 2006
- U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Professional Organization Memberships
- American Bar Association
- Virginia Bar Association
- Parliamentarian, Old Dominion Bar Association
- Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association
- President, South Hampton Roads Bar Association
- I’anson Hoffman Inn of Court
News, Honors, Publications & Speeches
- “Diversity and Bias in Law Firms and Among Lawyers – The Climate, the Numbers, the Experiences, and the Law,” 1-hour CLE, Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association, October 26, 2021, Norfolk, Virginia
- “Deep Dive: Independent Contractors v. Employees & Best Practices for Hiring and Firing Staff,” one-hour hybrid (live and virtual) class, Black Diamond Weekend, November 13, 2021, Newport News, Virginia
- “Diversity and Bias in Law Firms and Among Lawyers – The Climate, the Numbers, the Experiences, and the Law,” 1-hour Faculty training program, Regent University School of Law, February 1, 2022, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Recognized by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as an “Up & Coming Lawyer,” Class of 2018
- Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Employment Litigation, 2020-present
- Virginia Business Magazine’s Legal Elite, Young Lawyers, 2018, 2020-Present
- CoVa Biz Magazine‘s Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia, 2020-Present
- Recipient of the Old Dominion Bar Association’s President’s Award in 2019 for outstanding bar service
- Selected as the 2018 Young Lawyer of the Year by the South Hampton Roads Bar Association
- Recipient of the W.T. Mason, Jr. Bar Member of the Year Award for 2019 by the South Hampton Roads Bar Association