Niles Pierson is an associate in the Litigation Department, with a focus on labor and employment issues.
Niles has a wide range of experience in commercial and employment litigation and counseling, including defending clients in individual, class, and administrative actions before state and federal courts and agencies. He has advised clients on a comprehensive range of matters, including employment policies, practices, agreements, and notices; employee wage-and-hour exemption and independent contractor classifications; terminations and layoffs; whistleblower and employee mobility issues; and mergers and acquisitions. Niles has also litigated consumer, contract, landlord-tenant, trademark, trade secret, and antitrust disputes. In addition, he has contributed substantially to the firm’s COVID-19 resource center and guidance on employment and labor issues.
Niles serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Los Angeles office’s Black/African-American Affinity Group and the LGBTQ+ Affinity Group. He has provided trainings on the impact of implicit bias on the legal profession to the Association of Corporate Counsel. He also contributes a significant amount of his time to pro bono work, including advising a broad range of public interest organizations regarding employment matters and representing individuals in civil rights, immigration, habitability, and habeas cases.
Niles received his J.D. in 2015 from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as the executive notes editor of the Southern California Law Review. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2008. During law school, Niles served as a student scholar in the Saks Institute for Mental Health, Law and Policy; the academic co-chair of the Black Law Students Association; vice president of the Government Law Organization; and vice president of strategy of the Public Interest Law Foundation. Prior to joining the firm, Niles externed at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the chambers of Judge Arthur L. Alarcón and worked as a summer law clerk in the Office of the General Counsel to the University of Southern California.Show More