Tierra D. Piens, a lawyer in Orrick’s San Francisco office, represents large corporations
in high stakes and complex litigation.
Tierra has experience litigating in a variety of practice
areas, including employment law, trade secrets misappropriation, and product
liability. Her practice focuses on the representation of large corporate
clients. Tierra also devotes a portion of her practice to providing
pro bono services to nonprofit organizations and low income individuals.
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. While attending law school, Tierra was a member of the Berkeley Technology
and Law Journal, and an editor of the Berkeley Journal of African American Law
and Policy. In addition to her scholarship, during law school she provided pro
bono legal services to dozens of low-income families through the East Bay
Community Law Center.
A former judicial extern on the Northern District of
California, Tierra has experience navigating both the federal and state court
As early as November 30, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear three high profile employment cases that question whether Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination protects gay and transgender employees. These cases have significant implications on the proper scope of Title VII and the rights of the LGBT community in the workplace.
Under Title VII, an employer has engaged in “‘impermissible consideration of … sex … in employment practices’ when ‘sex … was a motivating factor for any employment practice,’ irrespective of whether the employer was also motivated by ‘other factors’.”
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In the last several weeks, allegations of rampant sexual harassment have shocked the collective conscience. With the assistance of social media, what started as an allegation against a Hollywood mogul snowballed into a nation-wide conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace and elsewhere. According to the Washington Post, hundreds of thousands of men and women took to Twitter and Facebook to express they had been victims of sexual harassment, many of them using the hashtag “MeToo” to show solidarity with other victims. READ MORE