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I represent employees in discrimination, retaliation, and harassment cases 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. 


Contact info

Pierce & Shearer

2055 Woodside Road
Suite 110
Redwood City, CA, 94061

Practice areas


  1. Discrimination: 45%
  2. Sexual Harassment: 25%
  3. Wrongful Termination: 10%
  4. Libel: 10%
  5. Litigation: 10%



Hourly ($375/hour), contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Ross Brenton Russell

    Gretchen is a tough litigator and a fierce advocate. Her is well-known for her sharp intellect an impressive Courtroom skills. I endorse this lawyer.


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  • Katherine Anne Debski

    Gretchen is a thorough and knowledgeable litigator who is a passionate advocate for her clients.


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top ContributorAvvo2016
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
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2012
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