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Alan J. Pierce Co-Chairs and Presents At New York State Bar Association Conference

Syracuse, New York Alan J. Pierce will serve as state-wide co-chair and the local Syracuse chair of the New York State Bar Association seminar entitled Insurance Coverage Update A Focus on First Party Coverage Issues. The Syracuse program is being held on May 11, 2007 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Syracuse.

He recently published the 2007 Insurance Law article in the Syracuse Law Review's Annual Law Survey of New York, which can be found on www.hancocklaw.com.

Mr. Pierce, a partner in the firm, has more than 20 years of litigation experience, concentrating on appellate practice, insurance coverage, defamation and civil and commercial litigation. He has handled over 100 appeals in his career, appearing before the New York State Court of Appeals, all four Departments of the State's Appellate Division and in the Second, Fourth and Eleventh United States Circuit Courts of Appeals. Mr. Pierce has authored several publications on appellate practice and insurance coverage, and lectures on behalf of the NYSBA and the Office of Court Administration on appellate advocacy and insurance coverage litigation. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as Confidential Law Clerk to the Hon. Richard D. Simons, New York State Court of Appeals.

Mr. Pierce is admitted to practice law in New York, the United States Supreme Court, and several United States Courts of Appeals. He serves on the Fifth Judicial District Character & Fitness Committee, the Board of Directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, and was a member of the New York State Bar Association Task Force on Mandatory Retirement of Judges. Mr. Pierce is a member of the Firm's Appellate and Litigation practice groups.

He is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law and St. Lawrence University.