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. She has served as a member of Littler's Board of Directors.

Professional & Community Affiliations


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


CLEO Advisory Board


Union Internationale des Avocats

Member, Advisory Board for the Cybersecurity Summit

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Foundation

2019, 2020

Former President, Region XVII

Hispanic National Bar Association

Former Member, Board of Directors

Bar Association of San Francisco


Recipient, Women in Law Award

Lawyer Monthly Magazine


Named, Best Mentor⁠—Law Firm

The American Lawyer Industry Awards


Named, Top Artificial Intelligence Lawyers

Daily Journal


Named, Top Labor and Employment Lawyers

Daily Journal


Recipient, Minority Lawyer of the Year Award

Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards USA



American Bar Association

Inductee, Diversity Leader Hall of Fame

California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP)

Recipient, Emil Schlesinger Labor Law Prize

Appointed, Member

American Bar Association

Center for Innovation Governing Council


Named, Top Latinx Lawyer

Latino Leaders Magazine


Named, Bay Area's Most Influential Women

San Francisco Business Times


News, Analysis & Press

Using Robots in the Coronavirus Era

SHRM Online

April 28, 2020

On the Horizon: Workplace robotics

Crain's Cleveland Business

October 29, 2019

Top Artificial Intelligence Lawyers of 2019

Daily Journal

June 26, 2019

Will Robot Lawyers Take Our Jobs?

D magazine

March 1, 2019

Stay Competitive While Adopting Transformative Technologies

Today's General Counsel

December 27, 2018

The Dotted Line: Mitigating the risks of technology

Construction Dive

December 18, 2018

Staffing and Morale in the Age of Robotics and AI Adoption

Juriste International

Fall 2018

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


January 1, 2014

Sager Award Winner 2009

Diversity & The Bar

November 1, 2009

Speaking Engagements

Executive Compensation

Financial Poise Webinar

June 24, 2020

What Law Firms Helping Clients in the U.S. Need to Know – Risk and Mitigation in the Time of Covid 19

UIA Podcast


AI and Robotics in the Workplace: From Now to a New Normal

ABA Science & Technology Law Section CLE

April 27, 2020

Technology and the Future of Work: Are We Prepared for the Changes Ahead

The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), Labor and Employment Law Section, Yosemite Conference

February 21-22, 2020

Finding Uniformity and Standardizing the Use of AI Globally

2020 LegalTech Conference, New York, NY

February 3-6, 2020

Cybersecurity and Supply Chain and Risk Management

ACC Cybersecurity Summit, Washington, D.C.

January 28, 2020

A3 Business Forum

Orlando, FL

January 13, 2020

AI and Robots in the Workplace

ABA Artificial Intelligence and Robotics National Institute, Santa Clara, CA

January 9, 2020

Responsible AI: Practical Steps for Delivering Legal and Ethical AI

The AI Summit, New York, NY

December 2019

Keynote: Building Digital Dexterity in an Uncertain Era of Technological Change

Future Work Live Conference, New York City, NY

December 4, 2019

Data Protection, Machine Learning and Personal Information - Panel

Artificial Intelligence and IP Workshop/Tech Road Show, American Intellectual Property Law Association

November 12, 2019

Preparing Your Workforce: Future Worker Roles, Education, and Skill Requirements (Panel)

AI and Robotics Symposium, University of Michigan

November 1, 2019

Staffing and Morale in the Age of AI and Robotics

WIPL Panel, Washington, D.C.

October 18, 2019

AI + HR = Recipe for Disaster?

MCCA Pathways Panel, New York, NY

October 15, 2019

AI and Future of Law

Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) 2019 Annual Convention

September 27, 2019

Emerging Technologies and the Law: Navigating Privacy Rights and Other Challenges

California Minority Counsel Program

September 12, 2019

Lead Your Team to Success by Learning to Navigate Your Organizational Culture

2019 International Legal Technology Association (ILTACON) Conference

August 22, 2019

Next Generation Robotics and Workplace Health and Safety – How Businesses Safely Adopt Through Assessment and Prevention of Related Hazards


July 18, 2019

AI, Cybersecurity, and the Workforce: Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Stewardship

ACC Foundation Cybersecurity Summit CANADA

July 11, 2019

Helping Your Clients Use Artificial Intelligence Wisely When Developing Their Services

ACC Foundation Cybersecurity Summit CANADA

July 11, 2019

The Time Is Now to Plan for AI and Robotics to Improve Your Company's Hiring, Learning, Security, Productivity and Morale

2019 Executive Employer Conference, Phoenix, AZ

May 9, 2019

Littler Diversity Summit: Turning Crisis into Meaningful Culture Change

2019 Executive Employer Conference, Phoenix, AZ

May 9, 2019

AI & Human Capital Session

Bootstrap Labs Applied AI Conference AAI19, San Francisco, CA

April 18, 2019

Executive Compensation

Financial Poise webinar

April 11, 2019

What Employers Need to Know – The Opportunities and Pitfalls of Robotics and AI

A3 Automate Trade Show, Chicago, IL

April 10, 2019

Corporate Governance in a Digitalized World

14th UIA Winter Seminar, Aspen, CO

April 2, 2019

AI and Machine Learning: Managing the Risks of Major Lawsuits

RSA Conference, San Francisco, CA

March 4-8, 2019

Step In - How We Got Here

The Women’s Impact Network - No Glass Ceiling 2.0 Conference

November 29, 2018

The Workplace of the Future: The Rise of Robotics and What it Means for Employers

The 2018 Canada Conference, Toronto, Canada

November 16, 2018

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


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

Pay Equity (including California’s Extension into Race and Ethnicity) and Preemptive Audits

New York, NY

April 19, 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

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

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


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


  • Spanish

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