Betsy trained as a management consultant before entering Columbia Law School in 1988. She served as a Federal Court Clerk for Hon. Laurence McKenna in the New York Southern District and then as a litigation attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
Betsy transitioned to entertainment law and practiced for nearly a decade at two New York City entertainment law firms. Her practice included film, television, theatre, publishing and advertising, as well as three years negotiating Prada's talent engagements for its worldwide advertising campaigns.
Pearce LLP was founded in 2003. Among Betsy's first transactions were representing Alexander McQueen in the Gucci Group's acquisition of his company and namesake brand and, shortly after, Nicolas Ghesquiere in the Gucci Group's acquisition of Balenciaga. Betsy then joined the Board of Directors of Balenciaga.
Since 2003 Betsy has represented over 50 company founders, many having built successful brands under their own name. Clients engage Betsy as legal counsel and frequently as an advisor for strategic and business expertise.
The practice continues to serve an international clientele. Based in New York, Pearce is fluent in French and maintains a business presence in Paris.
Speaking engagements include Harvard Business School, the New York Bar Association and the Council for Fashion Designers of America. Judge, Columbia Law School and Yale Law School Moot Court Competitions.
Member, Plum Alley, private investment platform for women-founded companies. Member, 100 Women in Finance. Board of Directors, Catholic Guardian Services.
Columbia Law School, J.D. 1991; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Human Rights Law Review.
Brown University, B.A. 1988; summa cum laude; women's varsity ice hockey team.
L’Universite de Lyon II, 1985.