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.”
Experience — As an active trial lawyer, Ms. Vanderzanden has tried over twenty cases to verdict in federal and state courts, and she has handled a myriad of matters in arbitration and before administrative agencies in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire. She has represented employers in contract actions, emergency matters involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants, claims advanced under the constitution and civil rights statutes and claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). She has defended employers in connection with single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff and class action lawsuits alleging violations of state and federal wage and discrimination laws. She has managed hundreds of claims for change in control severance benefits. Ms. Vanderzanden regularly handles appeals in the state and federal courts.
Part 2 — In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Vanderzanden regularly provides counsel to employers in employment and labor matters. She has conducted numerous internal discrimination, harassment and ethics investigations. She regularly advises clients planning and implementing large-scale voluntary and involuntary reductions in force and provides advice regarding layoff-selection methodologies, risk assessment and avoidance and release preparation. She provides day-to-day advice to employers on a wide range of topics such as disability and leave matters, privacy issues, employee training, discipline and employment termination matters. She provides training programs designed to minimize the risks associated with the employment relationship, and she regularly advises clients in connection with developing compliance strategies that match their business cultures.Ms. Vanderzanden served as a temporary Assistant District Attorney for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and prosecuted numerous criminal cases. She also has represented clients in connection with a myriad of white collar criminal investigations.
Other Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court, District of Maine
- U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
- U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit