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Danielle Vanderzanden • Shareholder

Ogletree Deakins • Boston, Massachusetts

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Ogletree Deakins
One Boston Place
Suite 3220
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
phone 617-994-5700
fax  617-994-5701


Ms. Vanderzanden is a Shareholder in the Boston Office. She has specialized in the area of labor and employment law for more than 15 years. Her practice involves representing employers in a wide-range of employment-related disputes.
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 before administrative agencies. 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.

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 is included in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA as a leading labor and employment law attorney.

She is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals, First and Second Circuits, and the state and federal courts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.


  • College: B.A., Columbia University, 1988
  • Law School: J.D., Boston College Law School, 1993

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New Hampshire
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
U.S. Court of Appeals, First and Second Circuits
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