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2023 40 Under 40: Kristie Pierce

Twibell Pierson Criminal Law LP

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Kristie Pierce started her career in law as a public defender in Greene County. She found opportunities to help clients dealing with DWI cases and had success in filing motions to help both her clients and local law enforcement.

In a highly stressful job, she adds she always wanted to show encouragement and support to her team. “I always had an open door to discuss difficult legal issues or challenging situations,” Pierce, 34, says.

In 2021, Pierce joined Twibell Pierson Criminal Law as an associate attorney focusing on criminal defense. She was brought on by the two existing attorneys and from there, has been able to show support to them and build her own practice. In addition to her law work, Pierce oversees an addiction recovery group that meets weekly at James River Church.

What about your job would shock people? It’s all a bit of a culture shock. Most people have the luxury of not thinking about people who are incarcerated or not fully knowing the extent of mental health issues, addiction and violence that is around them.

Best productivity hack? When I really need to focus and get hard work done, I listen to an epic movie soundtrack like “The Lord of the Rings” or “Rudy.”

Your professional aha moment? Shortly after having my second daughter, I had gained new perspective to make the jump into what I was feeling called to, which was criminal defense.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Never quit on a bad day.


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