Wanda’s practice focuses on employment and labor law. She has been retained as a litigation expert on the law of non-competition in Vermont; and routinely works with local businesses, as well as national and multi-national employers to draft, update, and enforce employment-related agreements and policies. Wanda helps companies to avoid discrimination and other misconduct claims through compliance training, diversity initiatives, and assessment of risks in advance of employment decisions.
Wanda guides clients through intricacies of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as the frequent amendments to these and other laws and regulations governing all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. When litigation becomes necessary, Wanda handles employment litigation and appeals on a wide range of legal issues in state and federal courts. She has authored numerous articles analyzing specific areas of Vermont employment law for: XpertHR, an online database for human resources professionals; the Employment Section of Meritas, an international alliance of independent law firms, covering 237 global markets; and the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Franchise Law Journal, among others.
Wanda is a member of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR), a statewide trade organization promoting standards for protecting the state’s natural, human, and economic environments, while maximizing innovation, business growth and profitability. She also also involved with in the Vermont Technology Alliance (vtTA), which collaborates with organizations, including state and federal government, businesses, non-profits, schools and colleges to promote and support the technology business sector; and in the Vermont Business Roundtable.
Originally from New York City, Wanda is a native Spanish speaker. She joined the firm in 2005 after clerking for the Hon. James T. Giles, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and then practicing for two years at another Vermont law firm. She has served on numerous local boards, including the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Kids-on-the-Block-VT and the John Graham Shelter.
Temple University Law School (J.D. 2001) (Law Review, Moot Court, Trial Team); State University at Albany (M.A. 1993); Wesleyan University (B.A. 1991)
Admitted to state and federal courts in Vermont, Pennsylvania, and New York
Vermont, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations; Vermont and American Associations for Justice; Vermont ACLU; National Institute of Trial Advocacy Alumni Association; National Institute of Trial Advocacy Advocates Association; Vermont Business for Social Responsibility; Vermont Technology Alliance