Vanessa Griffith represents and advises employers in all
aspects of employment law, including internal client investigations. Her work
often focuses on sensitive, high-level employment disputes involving senior
executives or board members. Vanessa draws upon her deep experience to devise
solutions that balance the needs of various constituents with the interests of
Vanessa also assists clients in drafting executive
employment and severance agreements, non-competition agreements, and
company-wide arbitration programs. She has advised companies in an array of
industries, including insurance, finance, construction, oil and gas, health,
and retail. She handles pro bono employment matters as well and has worked with
numerous nonprofit organizations and charities.
Vanessa has a background in litigation, having acted as
first-chair on trials and appeals 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’s experience as a clerk with the Southern District
of Texas shaped the way she approaches counseling clients about employment
litigation. During her clerkship, she interviewed juries after each trial, providing
her valuable insights into how juries decide cases.
Vanessa has been recognized in multiple publications,
including Chambers USA, where
reviewers praised her "a problem solver" who "helps [clients] get to a result
that makes all parties happy" (2019).