Practice and Industry Groups

Vanessa C. Krumbein

Associate Los Angeles

Vanessa Krumbein is an associate at the firm’s Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on representing employers in state and federal court on a wide range of labor and employment matters, including claims of discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, violations of privacy, violations of leave laws, wage and hour disputes, and other employment related claims. Vanessa has experience litigating class actions, single-plaintiff and multi-party civil cases.  

In addition to litigating labor and employment matters, Vanessa provides counseling to employers on various areas, including but not limited to wage and hour law compliance, leave issues, disciplinary action and terminations, employee classification, and drafting of personnel policies, handbooks, and arbitration agreements. Vanessa is proficient in Spanish.


Class Actions:

  • Defending retail manufacturers in a class actions involving alleged wage and hour violations and penalties under the Private Attorneys General Act.
  • Reached favorable settlement in a class action brought against security guard company involving various Labor Code violations, including overtime, reimbursement, and meal and rest period violations.
  • Obtained dismissal of three entities and one individual defendant on a successful summary judgment motion in a class action on theories of joint employer and alter ego liability.
  • Defended national food manufacturer in wage-and-hour class action litigation involving alleged wage and hour violations and penalties under the Private Attorneys General Act resulting in dismissal of class action claims.

Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation/Wrongful Termination/Disability Access:

  • Obtained complete dismissal of claims involving harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination brought against national fast food restaurant at pleading stage.
  • Defend national retailers, restaurant chains, government contractors, manufacturers, hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities in various discrimination and harassment matters in state and federal court and before administrative agencies.
  • Represented restaurants in disability access cases, reaching favorable resolution for clients.
  • Handle Labor Code section 132a claims before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board

Legal Advice and Counseling:

Counsel employers, in-house counsel, and human resources professionals  on issues pertaining to wage and hour law compliance, managing disability and leave of absence issues, discipline and terminations, and employee classification issues, and draft employee handbooks and compliant personnel policies and procedures.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • California State Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

Published Works



Media Quotes

June 2011 - Collector's Ink (Journal of the California Association of Collectors) - "Hazards Of Hiring In California"