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, New Hampshire and Vermont. 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 and collective 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 has litigated appeals in the state and federal courts.In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Vanderzanden regularly provides counsel to employers in conducting privacy audits and assessments, revising internal policies and third-party agreements, drafting notice and consent forms, data transfer and processing agreements and security policies and practices. She has conducted or provided advice regarding numerous internal discrimination, harassment, rape 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, restrictive covenants and confidentiality policies, 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 align with the culture of their business.
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.