Overview

Pierre Avalos counsels clients in litigation and dispute resolution.

Prior Experience

As a law clerk for Justice Fabiana Pierre-Louis of the New Jersey Supreme Court, Pierre assisted the court in reviewing matters for petitions for certification, oral arguments, and the drafting and editing of opinions. His responsibilities included reading the record, party submissions and briefs, researching all relevant law, and drafting memoranda, as well as proofing, spading, citation-checking, source pulling, editing and other aspects of drafting opinions in close collaboration with the justice and court administrative staff.

During law school, Pierre was an intern for Hon. Esther Salas of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. He assisted the judge and her clerks with reading complaints and motions for matters on the docket, researched the legal bases for parties’ arguments, and drafted memoranda of findings. If a hearing was necessary, he briefed the assigned clerk and the judge in preparation. The matters included trademark issues, ERISA issues, civil constitutional claims, evidential constitutional issues and contractual disputes.

Pierre was a summer associate at Faegre Drinker. During this time, he assisted partners and associates in projects including: researching and preparing memoranda on legal issues such as expungement and the First Amendment; immigration detention during COVID-19; statutes of fraud and limitations concerning breaches of contract; paid sick-leave laws since COVID-19; and online harassment. Other work included insurance subrogation claims, landlord liability, reclamation rights and site-plan approvals. He also drafted a brief in support of a motion to dismiss, prepared a letter of intent, and performed due diligence on a company acquisition.

Personal Interests

Outside the office, Pierre enjoys competing in mountain marathons, as well as hiking, off-roading, motorcycling, karaoke and recreational mixed martial arts.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

Clerkships

Supreme Court of New Jersey, Hon. Fabiana Pierre-Louis, 2021-2022

Languages

Spanish

Education

Rutgers School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, International Law and Human Rights Journal (editor-in-chief) (2021)

Montclair State University
M.A. in Law and Governance, with high honors (2018)

Montclair State University
B.A. in Jurisprudence, summa cum laude (2017)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey — American Dream Pipeline Program, Student Mentor, 2019-20

Honors

  • Myron Harkavy Prize, Rutgers Law School, 2021
  • Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition — Best Advocate Award, 2021; Member of Rutgers Law School National Trial Team, 2021 Champion
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