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Gretchen Birkheimer

Gretchen Birkheimer

Discrimination & harassment attorney.
  • Employment Law, Appeals & Appellate
  • California
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Summary

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.

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
Fees
  • 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.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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9th Circuit
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
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.
Attorney
Morgan Franich Fredkin & Marsh
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Associate attorney
Law Office of Stephan Volker
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Represented individuals and environmental non-profits in civil and administrative law appeals.
Education
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
J.D. (2002)
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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
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Honors: Magna cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa
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Professional Associations
Palo Alto Area Bar Association
President
- Current
Activities: Co-Chair, Women Lawyers Section since 2012; Member, Board of Directors since 2014
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San Mateo County Bar Association
Member
- 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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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
Websites & Blogs
Website
Pierce & Shearer LLP
Contact & Map
2055 Woodside Road, Suite 110
Redwood City, CA 94061
USA
Telephone: (650) 843-1900