Justin Pierce

Justin C. Pierce

Justin C. Pierce
Washington, DC
+1 202 346 4006

Justin Pierce is an associate in the firm’s Business Law Department. His practice focuses on international trade and foreign investment. He joined Goodwin in 2016.

As a key contributor to the firm’s Global Trade practice, Mr. Pierce advises clients regarding regulatory compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). He has conducted numerous internal investigations and voluntary disclosures for potential EAR and OFAC violations concerning encryption software, biopharmaceutical equipment, and other manufactured products.

Mr. Pierce also advises on covered transactions eligible for national security review by the Committee on Foreign Investment and the United States (CFIUS), including experience with investments by Russian, Chinese/Hong Kong, Japanese, Dominican, Spanish, French, and German entities in U.S. businesses operating in the aerospace, telecommunications, satellite communications, robotics, automation, finance, energy, hospitality, healthcare, and software industries.


  • Great Hill Partners in its acquisition of a controlling equity stake in Clearwave Parent, Inc. at an enterprise value of $300 million

Professional Experience

During law school, Mr. Pierce interned for the Honorable John A. Gibney, Jr., in the Eastern District of Virginia and the Honorable Lawrence R. Leonard, Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr. Pierce participated in the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic, helping military veterans secure disability benefits from the Veterans Administration. He also served as a lead articles editor of the William & Mary Law Review.




William & Mary School of Law

(summa cum laude, Order of the Coif)


University of Virginia

(with distinction)



  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Recognition & Awards

As a member of the William & Mary Alternative Dispute Resolution team, Mr. Pierce placed second in the Southwestern Entertainment Law Negotiation Competition (2014) and second in the NASCAR Negotiation Competition (2015), including an individual award for Best Oral Advocate.


  • The Bitter and The Sweet: Expanded CFIUS Authorities over Foreign Investment in U.S. Businesses, Goodwin Client Alert, January 17, 2020
  • US-UK Bilateral Agreement to Direct Data Requests From Foreign Law Enforcement and Process for Challenging Requests, Goodwin Client Alert, October 7, 2019
  • CFIUS Rules Would Expand Jurisdiction Over Investments Related to Technology, Infrastructure, Personal Data, and Real Estate, Goodwin Client Alert, September 20, 2019
  • Cuba Sanctions Broadened To Target Investors and Travelers, Goodwin Client Alert, April 29, 2019
  • Shifting Data Breach Liability: A Congressional Approach, 57 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 975 (2016).
  • Do Proposed Look-Back Provisions Make Sense for a Primary Residence?, Veterans L. & Benefits Blog, May 13, 2016