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Vanessa Katherine Lucas

Employment and labor Attorney at Raleigh, NC

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Vanessa is a partner at Edelstein & Payne. Vanessa represents private and public sector (federal, state and local) employees in all types of work related matters including workers' compensation claims, employment discrimination and retaliation, unemployment benefits, whistleblowing and wrongful discharge. Vanessa also practices in the area of Social Security disability helping claimants with obtaining benefits, as well as with overpayment issues. Vanessa has litigation experience in the North Carolina State and Federal Courts, as well as various administrative venues such as the NC Office of Administrative Hearings, NC Industrial Commission, and Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. Vanessa is licensed in North Carolina and California.

Licensed for 18 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 10/03/2022
State CA
Status Inactive
Acquired 2004
Updated 08/08/2022

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Edelstein & Payne
PO Box 28186
Raleigh, NC, 27611
Vanessa Katherine Lucas
315 E. Jones St.
Edelstein And Payne
Raleigh, NC, 27601
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2015
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Brilliant Legal Mind - Highly Recommended
Always professional and strategic, Vanessa Lucas is steps ahead and always prepared. Vanessa's innate ability to relate to people leaves the client feeling completely supported and prepared. There are many attorneys in the world, but Vanessa's drive to help people find their voice is what sets her apart. Vanessa was highly recommended to me, and now I will highly recommend her to anyone needing help navigating the unkind waters of an imperfect judicial system.
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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Edelstein & Payne
  • 2005 - Present


  • University of San Diego
  • International Master of Business Administration
  • 2003
  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • Jacobs v. Administrative Office of the Courts et al
  • Case Settled after Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment and remanded for trial.


  • National Employment Law Assoc
  • 2014 - Present
  • Beehive Collective
  • Past Chair
  • 2009 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Philippines Subcommittee Chair
  • 2002 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English


  • Fred Fletcher Oustanding Volunteer Award
  • City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation
  • 2008
  • Defenders of Justice Award
  • North Carolina Justice Center
  • 2007
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • The State Bar of California
  • 2004


Speaking Engagements

  • Employment Law CLE 2015
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • 2015
  • Convention 2015
  • Federal Employment Law Update
  • 2015
  • Basic Workers' Compensation Law
  • Employment Law for Workers' Compensation Practitioners
  • 2012

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Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 06
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"Vanessa is intelligent, resourceful, and driven to obtain results for her clients. I endorse this lawyer without hesitation."
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Raleigh Employment and labor Lawyer Vanessa Katherine Lucas
Vanessa Katherine Lucas
Employment and labor Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 18 years