“I’m like Gerard Butler in ‘300’,” Mr. Pierce said in an interview before passing away, comparing himself to the action star who played a Spartan king. “I am in the hot gates of Thermopylae, holding the pass against the Persian army of a million men.”
While the government has yet to weigh in on the merits of its allegations, prosecutors expressed concern in letters filed Monday about the young partner, Ryan Joseph Marshall, who replaced Mr. Pierce in hearings he missed.
On the one hand, Mr. Marshall is not a licensed lawyer, prosecutors said, and has taken action on behalf of clients “that he is not authorized” to take. Further, they continued, it is still unclear if and when Mr. Marshall will be able to obtain his attorney’s license given that he is indicted in two criminal cases accusing him of bribery, theft and fraud in Pennsylvania. .
Mr. Pierce’s situation is not his first encounter with personal and professional setbacks. Last year his law firm nearly collapsed in a whirlwind of debt and resignations. Then his most important client, Kyle Rittenhouse, the young man accused of murder during a racial justice protest in Wisconsin last year, fired him in a very public feud that included allegations that a charity organized for the defense had engaged in financial irregularities.
His work in the Capitol business began immediately after the attack when he took several members of the far-right nationalist group the Proud Boys as clients. He was also hired by L. Brent Bozell IV, the son of a prominent Conservative commentator, as well as a pastor from Florida and a pub clerk from Minnesota.
In the past few weeks, however, at least two clients have fired Mr Pierce, complaining that he appeared unresponsive and at times seemed unaware of the details of their case. Last week, the wife of another client, Kenneth Harrelson, a member of the Florida Oath Keepers, sent a letter to friends and associates, complaining that her husband was having “problems” with Mr. Pierce “doing his job”.