Vanessa concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law and general civil litigation in our Fargo office.

Vanessa graduated summa cum laude from Minot State University, majoring in sociology and German, and earned her J.D. from University of North Dakota School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Vanessa participated in moot court, was Managing Editor of the North Dakota Law Review, and completed externships with the Honorable Kermit E. Bye of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Joel D. Medd of the Northeast Central Judicial District.

A native of Jamestown, North Dakota, Vanessa enjoys biking, sewing, photography, and spending time outdoors (if the weather permits). 

Practice Areas

Employment Law

Civil Litigation

Honors and Distinctions

Great Plains Rising Stars®, Thomson/Reuters (2015-2016)

Admitted To Practice

North Dakota

Minnesota

United States District Court for the District of North Dakota

United States District Court for the District of Minnesota

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Publications and Presentations

2016 Vogel Law Employment Law Seminar: Bismarck, ND and Moorhead, MN

2014 Vogel Law Employment Law Seminar: Bismarck, ND and Moorhead, MN

Collision of Negligence Theory: Does a "Blackout" Constitute a Sudden Emergency in North Dakota, 87 N.D. L. Rev. 233 (2012)

Schools—District Liability: Political Subdivision Liability and School Duties Prevail Over Recreational Use Immunity, 86 N.D. L. Rev. 689 (2011)

Community Involvement

Graduate of the United Way 35 Under 35 Women's Leadership Program