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Gretchen Birkheimer

Gretchen Birkheimer

Discrimination & harassment attorney.
  • Employment Law, Appeals & Appellate
  • California
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I represent employees in wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation cases, in addition to bringing related claims such as defamation, assault, battery, invasion of privacy, and failure to accommodate disabilities. I represent employees, and advise employers, regarding collection of unpaid wages, overtime, minimum wages, missed meal periods and rest breaks, and other wage claims. I represent employees in unemployment insurance appeals.

Please note that I do not take matters involving union grievances, union disciplinary actions or Skelly hearings.

University of California, Berkeley School of Law
J.D. (2002)
Activities: Boalt Hall Women's Association; Moot Court; Ecology Law Quarterly
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University of California - Irvine
B.A. (1999) | Environmental Analysis & Design
Honors: Magna cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa
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Professional Experience
Pierce & Shearer LLP
- Current
Represent employees with harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, and related tort claims in all stages of civil litigation and appeals.
Morgan Franich Fredkin & Marsh
Associate attorney
Law Office of Stephan Volker
Represented individuals and environmental non-profits in civil and administrative law appeals.
Speaking Engagements
Recognizing and Eliminating Bias in the Legal Profession, 13th Annual Jerry A. Kasner Estate Planning Symposium, Santa Clara, California
Building Work-Life Balance Into Firm Management, PAABA CLE, Palo Alto
Palo Alto Area Bar Association
IP Issues in Employment Matters, PAABA CLE, Palo Alto
Palo Alto Area Bar Association
Professional Associations
Palo Alto Area Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Co-Chair, Women Lawyers Section since 2012; Member, Board of Directors since 2014
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San Mateo County Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Women Lawyers Committee; Employment Law Section
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Palo Alto Area Bar Association
Co-Chair, Women Lawyers Section
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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9th Circuit
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  • Free Consultation
    15 minutes free
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa and Mastercard only.
  • Contingent Fees
    In appropriate cases, I may accept contingent fees ranging from 25% to 40% of the gross recovery.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    My hourly rate is $395. I accept flat fees for unemployment insurance appeals.
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Pierce & Shearer LLP
Contact & Map
2055 Woodside Road, Suite 110
Redwood City, CA 94061
Telephone: (650) 843-1900