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Vanessa Máire Griffith

Vanessa Máire Griffith Partner, Labor & Employment

Vanessa represents employers in all aspects of employment law. She has handled complex litigation and appeals throughout the United States, involving a wide variety of claims including discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), unfair competition and trade secret litigation, and various ERISA matters.

Vanessa has also assisted clients in drafting company-wide arbitration programs, executive employment and severance agreements, and non-competition agreements. She has first-chaired numerous arbitrations and trials for clients in the insurance, finance, construction, oil and gas, health, and retail industries.

Experience Highlights

  • Principal counsel for a national consumer goods company in defense of a race discrimination suit brought by a large group of former employees alleging systemic race discrimination in job assignment, promotions, and work environment
  • Principal counsel for an energy services firm in defending a claim by a former executive that the company denied her stock options based on her gender
  • (S.D. Tex.); (5th Cir.) — Principal counsel in a race discrimination suit brought by multiple plaintiffs alleging systemic race discrimination in pay and promotion practices. Obtained summary judgment on all claims and successfully defended judgment in the Fifth Circuit
  • Principal counsel for a private equity fund in defending claims by a former executive arising from the termination of employment and her equity investment in a portfolio company
  • Principal counsel for a national insurance company in defending multiple suits, including class and mass action suits arising from claims adjustors employed by the company accepting payments in connection with the settlement of certain personal injury claims

Contact Details

Dallas

T +1.214.220.7713
F +1.214.999.7713
vgriffith@velaw.com
Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3700
Dallas, TX 75201-2975
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Vanessa's Practices

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1994 (Chancellors; Order of the Coif)
  • Rice University, B.A., Economics, 1988
  • Admitted to practice: Texas; U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Texas; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuit
    • Judicial clerk to The Honorable David Hittner, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 1994–1996
      • D Magazine, “Best Lawyers in Dallas,” 2015–2017
      • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment (Texas), 2008 and 2012–2017
      • The Best Lawyers in America©  (Woodward/White, Inc.), Employment Law−Management, 2010–2015 and 2017; Labor Law−Management, 2010–2015, 2017
      • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2014−2017
      • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law: Texas Board of Legal Specialization
      • Member: EEO Committee of the Labor Section of the American Bar Association; Houston Young Lawyers Association; Houston Bar Association
      • Chapter Chair: 1998 and 2000 Supplements to Employment Discrimination Law