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Gretchen E Birkheimer

About Me

I specialize in employment litigation, with an emphasis on discrimination (including disability, race, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, and religious discrimination), sexual harassment, and retaliation claims under California and Federal law. I also represent clients with claims arising from overtime and minimum wage disputes at work, fraud, defamation/slander, commercial and personal contracts, and assault and battery.


I advise clients who have been placed on Performance Improvement Plans at work or who need assistance negotiating severance packages.  I prepare, review and advise on employment contracts.  


I have represented clients in California state courts and Federal courts and have appeared pro hac vice in Nevada and Virgina Federal courts.  I have appeared before administrative agencies including the California Labor Commissioner/Division of Labor Standards Enforcement; California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board; San Francisco Rent Board; and the Contractor's State License Board. 


Practice Areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 50%
  2. Discrimination: 20%
  3. Litigation: 20%
  4. Sexual Harassment: 10%



Hourly ($350/hour), Contingent (25-40%), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Timothy Blaise Broderick

    I endorse this lawyer. Gretchen is a knowledgeable and professional employment litigation attorney. She is hardworking and dedicated to her clients.


    Timothy Broderick Sexual Harassment Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Andrew Field Pierce

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Andrew Pierce Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

Contact Info

Pierce & Shearer

2055 Woodside Road
Suite 110
Redwood City, CA, 94061



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyPierce & Shearer LLP2012 - Present
AttorneyMorgan Franich Fredkin & Marsh2004 - 2011
AttorneyLaw Office of Stephan C. Volker2002 - 2004
Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Mateo County Bar AssociationN/A2015 - Present
National Association of Women LawyersMember2012 - Present
Palo Alto Area Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2012
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Small v. Sullivan et al.Jury verdict for our client, awarding lost wages and damages for emotional distress.
Rutherford v. Johnson et al.Jury verdict in favor of our client, defendant BBI Inc.
Estate of LongoriaSuccessful defense of our client against all claims.
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of California - IrvineEnvironmental Analysis & DesignBA - Bachelor of Arts1999