Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Ms. Vanderzanden is a Shareholder in the Boston Office. She has specialized in the area of labor and employment law for nearly 20 years. She devotes her practice to helping employers with employment related disputes, conducting investigations, providing counseling and handling disputes in litigation and arbitration. She has personally conducted dozens of investigations, including investigations involving employee allegations of misconduct by company executives and systemic discrimination. She has tried over 20 cases by herself or as first chair and has managed and resolved or taken to hearing dozens of employment arbitrations. She has represented clients in numerous cases involving executive compensation disputes; claims for ERISA benefits under severance and change-in-control plans; wage and hour (including collective actions) disputes; sex, race, age, religion and disability discrimination and/or harassment claims; and tort and retaliation matters. She also regularly litigates matters involving restrictive employment covenants, including non-compete, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and similar post-employment obligations. She has many years of experience litigating in the U.S. Court of Appeals, First and Second Circuits, and in the state and federal courts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. She also has represented numerous clients in arbitrations regarding compensation issues and non-competition issues before the NASD (now FINRA).Comments of others, particularly clients, best describe Ms. Vanderzanden’s legal skills. In its 2009 Client Guide, Chambers noted that she “is praised for her outstanding work in noncompete and wage and hour claims.” In its 2010 Client Guide, Chambers described Ms. Vanderzanden as providing “immediate, practical and comprehensive advice in all areas of employment law.”