A summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University and Northeastern University School of Law, Pierce completed a graduate fellowship funded by the prestigious Echoing Green Foundation, performing policy and litigation work related to privacy and HIV/AIDS. After his fellowship, he worked in two Boston firms practicing appellate, products liability, employment and insurance law before becoming a career law clerk to former United States Magistrate Judge Joyce London Alexander Ford, one of the first African-American women to serve in the federal judiciary. He moved to Columbus in 2005, and served as senior judicial attorney to Chief Justice Maureen OíConnor of the Ohio Supreme Court until August 2017. Pierce joined Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati School of Law in January 2018. He serves OIP as a program director, and is responsible for coordinating OIPís policy, legislative and education efforts in Ohio. He has served as an adjunct professor in appellate advocacy at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, teaches litigation in a professional course at the Center for Professional Education at Boston University, and formerly served for several years as the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, in minority mentoring programs, and as a frequent judge in moot court competitions. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Columbus Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, and a former president of the chapter.