Vanessa focuses on employment law in our Fargo office.  In her employment law practice, Vanessa handles administrative complaints, provides advice for North Dakota and Minnesota employers on employment compliance issues, investigates workplace complaints, and generally represents employers in employment litigation.  Vanessa is also an editor of the North Dakota Employment Law Letter, a monthly newsletter providing employment law updates to North Dakota employers. 

At Vogel, Vanessa serves as a member of the recruiting committee and is the summer associate coordinator. 

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 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 at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and Northeast Central Judicial District. 

A native of Jamestown, North Dakota, Vanessa enjoys cycling, swimming, and spending time with her family, friends, and Golden Retriever in her free time.

Practice Areas

Employment Law

Civil Litigation

Honors and Distinctions

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

Admitted To Practice

North Dakota


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

2017 Graduate of Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo

2014 Graduate of the United Way 35 Under 35 Women's Leadership Program