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Natalie A. Pierce advises employers of all sizes, ranging from start-ups to global corporations, on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. She focuses on identifying and avoiding problems before they arise through the use of compliance audits and development of workplace policies and procedures. She handles:

  • Workplace investigations
  • Competition and confidentiality matters
  • Employee classification issues
  • Employee terminations
  • Reductions-in-force

Additionally, Natalie is a litigator who represents corporations in all types of employment litigation matters before state and federal courts and agencies defending clients against claims involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and retaliation. She also has extensive experience with both individual and class action wage and hour litigation, in cases involving:

  • Misclassification of employees
  • Unlawful deductions from employee pay
  • Improper record keeping
  • Missed meal and break periods

Natalie has handled numerous claims involving alleged violations of confidentiality, solicitation, and covenants not to compete, and often plays a significant role in assisting clients with structuring corporate transactions that minimize risk and maximize the value and success from a labor and employment perspective. Her experience spans the employment aspects of corporate transactions, including:

  • Conducting due diligence
  • Drafting employment, consulting severance and transitional services agreements
  • Pre- and post-closing integration activities

A skilled speaker, Natalie regularly provides training for clients and professional organizations on various topics, including:

  • Managing performance
  • Workplace audits
  • Employment issues in corporate restructuring
  • Harassment prevention
  • Workplace investigations
  • Wage and hour laws

Natalie is co-chair of the firm’s Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Automation Practice Group, a member of the firm's Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets, Wage and Hour, and Business Restructuring practice groups and is co-chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors

Bar Association of San Francisco


State Bar of California


Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of California


Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

State Bar of California


California Minority Counsel Program


Hispanic National Bar Association

President, Region XVII

Hispanic National Bar Association

Chair, Office and Personnel Committee

Hispanic National Bar Association


CLEO Advisory Board


Recipient, Emil Schlesinger Labor Law Prize

Inductee, Diversity Leader Hall of Fame

California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP)


American Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

AI: Best Practices on the Challenges and Opportunities Within the Field and How It Can Benefit People and Society

Legalweek, The Experience

February 2, 2017

Beyond Employment: The Evolution of Work

San Francisco Bar Association

January 28, 2017

Pay Equity, DOL Ramifications and Preemptive Audits

Littler and Welch Consulting Event

December 8, 2016

Transformative Technology and the New American Workplace

Lawline Webinar

July 14, 2016

The Future Has Arrived: Integrating Transformative Technologies in the Workplace

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 4, 2016

M&A Post Acquisition: Policies & Best Practices for Workforce Integration Globally

Women, Influence & Power In Law Conference, Washington D.C.

October 30, 2015

Main Lawsuits Facing Spanish Multinationals in the U.S. and Mexico

Instituto Internacional Cuatrecasas, Madrid, Spain

October 2, 2015

The Future of Law

Bar Association of San Francisco, CA

August 20, 2015

Disruptive Technologies - Blessing or Curse? Navigating the Legal Challenges and Finding Solutions in the Modern Workplace

Sony Playstation

June 11, 2015

The Big Move Towards Big Data in Employment

The 2015 Executive Employer® Conference

May 7, 2015

The Law Firm of the Future

Palo Alto Area Bar Association and CodeX, Stanford Law School, CA

March 4, 2015

Practical Human Resources Considerations in the U.S.

Red Fodirh, Madrid, Spain

March 3, 2015

Sex and the Corporation

Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

February 7, 2015

Global Data Privacy and Security

San Jose, CASan Francisco, CAWalnut Creek, CA

January 29, 2015

Compliance and Liability Prevention on Global Level

San Jose, CASan Francisco, CAWalnut Creek, CA

January 29, 2015

The 2014 Employment Law Update: The Year in Review and What to Expect in 2015

Littler Mendelson, San Francisco, CA

December 5, 2014

Sip and Support

San Francisco, CA

December 4, 2014

A Conversation with ABA and National Diversity Bar Leaders

Creating Leaders for the 21st Century, Council on Access & Fairness - The State Bar of California, San Francisco, CA

October 31, 2014

Innovative Strategies in Law Firm Diversity

13th Annual Law Firm COO & CFO Forum – Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute, New York, NY

October 23, 2014

Need to Know on California Law

Billion Dollar Operations Roundtable - National Association of Wholesale-Distributors (NAW), Chicago, IL

May 7, 2014

Investigating Cross-Border Whistleblower Claims: How To Avoid A Legal Culture Clash

Association of Corporate Counsel, Bay Area Chapter, Menlo Park, CA

April 3, 2014

2013 Labor and Employment Law Update: 14 Trends for 2014

National Employment Law Committee - Association of Corporate Counsel Webinar

November 14, 2013

Globalización y multinacionales: Las relaciones laborales en Estados Unidos y América Latina

Instituto Internacional Cuatrecasas, Madrid, Spain

October 23-24, 2013

Legal Trends and Pitfalls around Social Media in the Workplace

Women, Influence & Power in Law, Washington D.C.

October 3, 2013

2013 Employment Law Update

North Shore Labor Counsel, Chicago, IL

March 6, 2013

Cross-Border Investigations and Litigation: A Primer for the Multi-National Employer

23rd Annual Business Conference - California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP), San Francisco, CA

October 9, 2012

How to Keep Your CEO Out of Jail: What Every HR Professional and Employment Counsel Should Know About the Federal Sentencing Guidelines?

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

Cultural Intelligence: Stories From Doing Legal Business Around The World

9th Annual General Counsel Invitational Diversity Leadership Summit - Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), Miami, FL

April 19-21, 2012

Harassment and Discrimination: Managing the Cultural and Legal Expectations of Multinationals

The Global Employer - Latin America Conference

Littler Mendelson, Miami, FL

February 9, 2012


  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1997 Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1993 With Honors


  • Spanish

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