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    Biography

    Vanessa Towarnicky is the attorney you want with you when you are in the heat of a complex litigation matter. Vanessa is often called upon to be part of legal teams defending firm clients in labor and employment matters and is able to bring a sense of order, using her skills in research, organization, and writing to support the defense. Vanessa is respected by her colleagues for her ability to distill large amounts of facts, arguments, and data and create concise motions.

    She represents clients in various employment cases, including disability discrimination, workers’ compensation retaliation, sexual harassment, deliberate intent, and other wrongful discharge and employment-related torts. She is admitted to practice in West Virginia and Ohio, as well as in the Third and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeals and before the United States Supreme Court.

    Vanessa provides guidance to clients with regard to compliance issues arising under state and federal employment laws, such as the West Virginia Human Rights Act, the Wage Payment and Collection Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.  She frequently assists employers with drafting employee handbooks and policies.

    Vanessa is a talented writer and speaker and frequently authors and presents seminars to private companies, various organizations, and public institutions on a variety of employment-related subjects.

    Memberships & Awards

    Key Experience

    Successfully pursued numerous summary judgment motions for employers in a variety of employment disputes
    Frequently provides harassment training for a variety of clients in multiple industries
    Regularly manages wrongful discharge and other litigation matters with substantial documentation

    Work Experience

    1997 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    1995-1996 Summer Clerk, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

    Speaking Engagements

    “You’ve been WARNed, but are you covered?” July 2020 (Vol. 1, No. 7) Midsouth Employment Law Letter

    “Fair Labor Standards Act Update January 2020,” SHRM

    “Workplace Highs and Lows: OSHA, the ADA, and Medical Marijuana,” Association of Rubber Products, April 2019

    "Sexual Harassment in the Age of #MeToo," SHRM, March 2019

    "Social Media and Privacy," Mid-Ohio Valley SHRM, May 2018

    “Workplace Highs and Lows: OSHA, the ADA, and Medical Marijuana,” Association of Rubber Products, July 2018

    "Social Media and Privacy," West Virginia Association of Housing Authorities, April 2018