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Gretchen E Birkheimer

Gretchen E Birkheimer

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Litigation, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment

About Me

I specialize in employment litigation, with an emphasis on discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims under California and federal laws. I also represent clients with claims arising from overtime/mealtime disputes at work, fraud, defamation/slander, commercial and personal contracts, assault and battery, and real estate disputes. 


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 and real estate security agreements. 


I represent clients before all California state courts and district courts and before state and local fair employment agencies, including the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, the San Francisco Rent Board, and the Contractor's State License Board. 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2002

  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

3 total 

  • Andrew Field Pierce

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Andrew Pierce Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

  • Scott Berman

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Scott Berman Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Pierce & Shearer

2200 Geng Road Suite 230
Palo Alto, CA, 94303



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
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