Tierra D. Piens
Tierra D. Piens, a lawyer in Orrick’s San Francisco office, represents large corporations in high stakes and complex litigation.
Tierra has experience litigating a variety of employment law disputes, including class action and complex single-plaintiff cases involving alleged violations of wage-and-hours laws, discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination.
She also maintains a robust employment law counseling practice that includes helping her clients make meaningful and sustainable changes to their approach to diversity. She skillfully partners with clients to develop or improve their existing diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and policies. A burgeoning thought leader in the space, Tierra has been invited to participate in a number of panels and high-level discussions about representation in the law and technology sectors.
Embodying her drive to find solutions to her clients' legal concerns, Tierra has quickly gained an expertise in advising employers of their rights, duties, and obligations as it pertains to conducting business during and after the global COVID-19 pandemic.
While her practice focuses primarily on the representation of large corporate clients and emerging companies, Tierra also devotes a portion of her practice to providing pro bono services to nonprofit organizations and low income individuals. She also serves in several leadership roles at Orrick, including as a leader of the Black Lawyers of Orrick affinity group and on Orrick's Associates' Committee for the San Francisco office.
Tierra received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she also earned a Law & Technology Certificate of Specialization as recognition for her extensive coursework in technology law.
A former judicial extern on the Northern District of California, Tierra has experience navigating both the federal and state court systems.
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