George Peirce joined the faculty at Stetson University College of Law in January 2017 after 36 years of legal experience in the public and private sectors. He is Stetson’s Culverhouse Distinguished Practitioner in Residence and teaches courses in international and national security law, civil procedure, federal courts, and trial advocacy.
Before joining the faculty, George served for more than 12 years as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s General Counsel. He and his staff provided advice and representation on all legal matters affecting DIA’s worldwide intelligence mission during global counterterrorism operations. While at DIA, he taught a national security law seminar as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School.
Before coming to DIA, George served for eight years in the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, where he brought civil actions against polluters of our land, air and water resources, resulting in recoveries for the United States valued at over $260 million.
As an Army Reserve Colonel, he volunteered for active duty after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and served for a year as the Principal Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for U.S. Joint Forces Command. He and his colleagues advised the command on the many novel legal issues raised by initial combat operations against al Qaeda and the Taliban.
Earlier in his career, George was an associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, where he focused on litigation, international law, and ethics. He began his legal career as an Army judge advocate, with assignments that included criminal prosecution with the 1st Infantry Division, duty at a strategic intelligence outpost in Turkey, and service at the Pentagon with the Army’s International Affairs Division and the Army General Counsel’s Office, where he dealt with ramifications of the Iran-Contra affair.
Before leaving active duty for the Army Reserve, George also served on the International Law faculty at the Army JAG School. His service in the Army Reserve included duty in Panama, Germany and in Belgium at the headquarters of the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
George holds a B.S. degree from West Point, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, and is also a graduate of the Army War College. He has published articles on international law involving arms control, the law of war, and the law of the sea, and has given presentations on intelligence law and ethics at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, the National Defense University, and the University of Oxford.