Overview

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:

  • Integration of transformative technologies in the workplace
  • 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, which is focused on providing representation and compliance assistance to employers in the robotics industry and employers integrating automation, AI, telepresence and robotics into their workplaces. This practice group partnered with a major insurance provider to create the first integrated policy covering users of robotics and robots with ingrained artificial intelligence. She is also a member of the firm's Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets practice group, Wage and Hour practice group, a core member of Littler’s Business Restructuring practice group and is co-chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors

Bar Association of San Francisco

Member

State Bar of California

Member

Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of California

Member

Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

State Bar of California

Member

California Minority Counsel Program

Member

Hispanic National Bar Association

President, Region XVII

Hispanic National Bar Association

Chair, Office and Personnel Committee

Hispanic National Bar Association

Member

CLEO Advisory Board

Member

Union Internationale des Avocats

Recognition

Recipient, Emil Schlesinger Labor Law Prize

Inductee, Diversity Leader Hall of Fame

California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP)

Fellow

American Bar Association

News, Analysis & Press

More Robots, More Jobs; Fewer Robots, Fewer Jobs

Control Engineering

March 11, 2018

How to Manage Staffing & Morale During Robotics Adoption

Robotics Business Review

September 21, 2017

Focus: Don't Fear Artificial Intelligence: Experts

Law Times News

February 13, 2017

The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

Littler Report

August 4, 2015

2014 Roundtable - Employment

California Lawyer

May 1, 2014

Labor and Employment Digest

InsideCounsel

January 1, 2014

Sager Award Winner 2009

Diversity & The Bar

November 1, 2009

Speaking Engagements

2018 Canada Conference

Toronto, ON

November 16, 2018

The Ethics of Diversity and Inclusion

Association of Corporate Counsel, Louisville, KY

November 8, 2018

Artificial Intelligence, the Lawyers, the Legal Tools and the Legal Challenges

Union Internationale de Avocats (UIA) 62nd Congress, Porto Portugal

October 31, 2018

What Litigators Need to Know About Interviewing 3d-Party Witnesses

Bar Association of San Francisco

October 18, 2018

Formulating a Workforce Reprogramming Strategy For Your Organization

RoboBusiness Conference, San Jose, California

September 26, 2018
International Employment & Labor Law Roundtable

Los Angeles, CA

September 12, 2018
The Artificial Intelligence Briefing

Detroit, MI

August 14, 2018

Presentation on AI and the Global Workforce

25th Anniversary of Fromont Briens (Littler Global branch)

July 3, 2018
2018 Littler Europe Conference

Paris

July 3, 2018

Rethinking Employee Surveillance in a New Digital Era

RSA Annual Cybersecurity Conference, San Francisco, CA

April 20, 2018

Developments in the New Economy: Automation, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence – The Impact on the Workplace

American Arbitration Association National Labor Conference, San Diego, CA

March 8, 2018

The New Era of Employment Attorneys – Where to From Here

NELC The Practice of Labor and Employment Law: Tools for Success in a New Millennium Conference, Sunnyvale, CA

March 2, 2018

Legal and AI Considerations for Robotics and AI

MITA Tech Talks, Punta Mita, Mexico

February 13, 2018

The Future of Automation, Keynote

A3 Business Forum, Orlando, FL

January 20, 2018

The Future of the Workplace Transformed by Advanced Disruptive Technologies: Employment and Labor Law Challenges and Compliance Solutions

California Employment Law Council Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA

November 17, 2017

Make it Work, A Symposium on Designing Equity in the Legal Profession

Harvard Negotiation Law Review Symposium, Cambridge, MA

November 10, 2017

New Pay Equity Mandates, Machine Learning, H.R. Predictive Analytics and Big Data

Future Workforce Roundtable with the Workplace Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

November 7, 2017

After the Acquisition: Global Workforce Integration Best Practices to Maximize the Value of the Deal

ACC Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

October 17, 2017

How to Manage Staffing and Morale During Robotics Adoption

RoboBusiness Annual Conference, Santa Clara, CA

September 21, 2017

Collaborative Robots at Work

Lawline Production, New York, NY

June 16, 2017

Artificial Intelligence, The Lawyers, the Legal Tools and the Legal Challenges

2017 ACC Europe Annual Conference, Cascais, Portugal

May 9, 2017

Creating a Diverse Leadership Pipeline Workshop - Ideas and Initiatives That Work

MetLife, New York NY

April 20, 2017

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
Compliance and Liability Prevention on Global Level

San Jose, CASan Francisco, CAWalnut Creek, CA

January 29, 2015
Global Data Privacy and Security

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
Inclusive Leadership – Keys to Maximizing the Value of Diverse Talents, Experiences, and Identities

San Francisco, CA

November 20, 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
Adapt, Armor and Avoid: Checkmating the Next Big Thing in Wage and Hour Litigation

Washington, DC

September 19, 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
The Future of the Workforce: How the Robotics Revolution will Shape the Employment and Labor Law Landscape

Washington, DC

February 12, 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

Education

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

Languages

  • Spanish

Bar Admission

California