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Vanessa Vanderbrug

Employment and labor Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.7   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2001
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Vanessa Vanderbrug focuses her practice in the areas of employment, administrative law, and personal injury. She dedicates her practice to ensuring that each client receives personal attention and has a full understanding of the issues they face. She has significant general litigation experience and diligently seeks to obtain the best results for her clients.

During law school, Vanessa served on the National Trial Team and on the Editorial Board of the Gonzaga Law Review. She also worked for the Office of the Attorney General as an intern representing the Department of Social and Health Services. After law school, Vanessa obtained “behind the scenes” insight into trial court work by serving as law clerk to Honorable Judge Joseph A. Thibodeau in Snohomish County. In 2009, Vanessa was honored to be named a Rising Star by Washington Law and Politics.


Owen Vanderbrug Law Group PLLC
1700 Seventh Ave.
Suite 2100
Seattle, WA, 98101
Owen Vanderbrug Law Group PLLC
421 W Riverside Ave
Suite #416B
Spokane, WA, 99201
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4.7 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Posted by Claudia | March 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A powerful Attorney to have on your side!
I initially contacted, consulted and subsequently hired Vanessa as my attorney based on a recommendation of a fellow Healthcare Practitioner. I was immediately glad that I did! Vanessa and James fought hard for my case, and offered me the additional support that I needed to understand the negotiation process, which has led to my success today. To this day, I would not hesitate to contact Vanessa if I needed to utilize her services again. I am happy to leave her a review, and would rate higher than 5 stars if it were an option!
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Posted by Ian | February 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and caring attorney
I had the pleasure of working with Vanessa to resolve a matter involving personal loss due to a destructive fire. Vanessa was communicative and always provided a thorough answer for any questions I had throughout the process, as well as taking a full personal interest in dedicating herself to my cause. Her and her colleague James at Owen Vanderbrug both gave 110% to our case and did NOT stop at "good enough". I would highly recommend Vanessa and Owen Vanderbrug to anyone that needs an A-team on their side.
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2019
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Exceptional, Compassionate, Fierce & Persistent
I can't imagine going through my employment case with anyone but Vanessa Vanderbrug of Owen Vanderbrug Law Group. After my termination from my employer I tried to move on but the events surrounding my termination continuously kept me up at night. I met with Vanessa and she was so encouraging and supportive while I told her my story. It's difficult to recount what happened and what was said and I honestly can't imagine going through that with anyone else but Vanessa. She said I did have a case and was upfront and honest about what to expect, what was needed, what would happen if we went to trial, fees and what she hoped for. She, along with her amazing partner James Owen, gave me their game plan and from the start it worked. Vanessa is the calmest, kindest and most compassionate lawyer but she is fierce and persistent in mediation! The end result was a positive judgement in my favor and I can't thank her enough! I have since used Vanessa for other legal guidance and counsel because she is truly that amazing.
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Posted by Christa | April 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the best!
I hired Vanessa to help me with an employment issue, from our first correspondence I knew she was going to be easy to work with. Vanessa is very good at explaining everything, breaking things down and never talked over my head. She made the awful situation bearable and counseled me through the best course of action offering options and solutions. I never felt pressured to do anything and was always provided with the facts and possible outcomes. If you're going through a tough time I strongly recommend that you reach out to Vanessa. Her kind demeanor and intelligent observations will give you peace of mind.
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2016
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Fantastic personal injury attorney!
I hired Vanessa, and her partner James, to represent me in a personal injury case stemming from an assault in 2014. They were very patient with me and always presented me with excellent advice. They had great communication skills and were able to satisfactorily resolve my case for me. Very knowledgeable attorneys who actually care about their clients. I would highly recommend them!
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2015
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Excellent advice on my employment seperation
Vanessa provide excellent advice and worked on the negotiations of my employment severance and separation agreement. I highly recommend her!
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
atty review
Atty Vanessa Vanderbrug is excellent. I was so glad i found her , hope sooner but she did a tremendous job representing me. She did superior job in fighting for my rights. She's very personable and did a job well done by consulting experts that supported my case.
Posted by Jennifer Dye | August 13, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick response
Vanessa was quick to respond to my inquiry and very willing to meet with me to discuss my case. I elected not to proceed at this time, but if my circumstances change I will definitely contact her because she was extremely empathetic and understanding. She even sent me a link for further research into my issue!
Posted by Tyler | August 13, 2014
Review of Attorney Vanessa Vanderbrug
I was truly impressed with the service, professionalism, promptness, caring, knowledge and sound legal advice given to me by Attorney Vanderbrug. I could not have asked for a better outcome and that was accomplished by her hard work and attention to detail that made my case very successful. I would recommend Vanessa without question to anyone that wants legal services from one of the best Attorney's you could ever want to represent you.
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Posted by Robert | August 5, 2014
State License
Vanessa worked with me to address and resolve a state licensure issue that arose. She was very knowledgeable, professional and reassuring during the entire ordeal. As the years have passed since the initial work, Vanessa has been available and always responded to my questions when I required additional guidance and legal advice. I have felt that she would be my representative again if I had another matter involving a licensure or employee related matter. Vanessa has my highest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2014
Employment Case Solved
Vanessa Vanderbrug was the most patient, trustworthy, hard-working, helpful, and supportive lawyer I have ever worked with as a client. I had a very difficult situation at my previous workplace and employer. I worked with Vanessa a little over a year ago and since she was familiar with my case and situation, I found her again to ask if she would help finish my employment case. She was amazing, trustworthy, and helpful. Vanessa also cares about her clients as a person and recommends helpful solutions in their life. I highly recommend working with Vanessa in the future, and would recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Sue | July 22, 2014
Vanessa is WONDERFUL! Not only did she provide insightful legal advice (& resolution), she helped us "see around the corners" to prevent future concerns. She kept me informed throughout the process, she was professional, and she's quite pleasant! I would highly recommend her to anyone. Thank you Vanessa! Best regards, Sue
Posted by Ally | June 18, 2013
Friendly, Client-Focused Attorney
After being badly injured in a car accident and suffering many years with chronic pain, I was frustrated and fed up. I felt lost in the process and felt like I would never have my medical bills paid or get my case settled. I felt desperate. Vanessa changed everything. I have never met a friendly person in my life, let alone an attorney. Ms. Vanderbrug is experienced and knows the law like the back of her hand. She is a true advocate for her clients. She is honest, straight-forward, and keeps her clients informed each step of the way. She let me know what to expect in terms of timelines and understand how the process worked. I could not more highly recommend a lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2010
Excellent, informative
From the very beginning, Vanessa was quick to respond to my message, was available to meet immediately with me and thoroughly answered all of my questions and concerns. She was professional, extremely detailed and available to answer any questions. I would definitely use her services again and would refer family and friends her way!
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Posted by Shannon | October 22, 2010
Vanessa Vanderbrug
If I have any other legal issues I plan to use her again. Consider her as my family attorney...
Posted by Jeanette | March 30, 2010
Vanessa is exceptional!
I experienced some adverse issues that I felt were not justified. I lacked legal knowledge and was at a loss as to how to deal with the situation. Vanessa has been very supportive and understanding. She is very calming in her approach and her air of confidence is very reassuring. She has great knowledge of labor law and has been straight forward with me on my options. She very patiently explains terms, conditions, and legal parameters in terms I can understand. I am always confident that she is working in my best interest and she keeps me informed. I have recommended her and will continue to recommend her. She is by far the best attorney I have ever worked with.
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Posted by Robert | March 29, 2010
With Appreciation
We feel blessed to have been directed to Vanessa Vanderbrug. Our rating of her skills says it all - she is extremely professional, yet personalble. She has not misled us, she is on top of our issues, follow-thru excellent, finds the answers if she does not know them, has represented us very well. We highly recommend. We have worked with her in health care issues, insurance issues, licensing etc.
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2013
Adeuquate representation, but...
Vanessa did a good job in representing me in my employment issues case. She was persistent in resolving the matter and was responsive to my concerns and questions. She was able to secure an adequate resolution to my case in mediation. However, 16 months after the conclusion of my legal case it was brought to my attention, by a managing partner in her firm, that my confidential medical information may have been discussed between Vanessa and the managing partner. I had not given Vanessa permission to discuss any of my medical information with any attorney in her firm, especially 16 months after the case had concluded. Vanessa has refused to respond to my requests to find out what really happened. The managing partner has given me two different versions of what happened. I requested that we meet in person, or by phone, to resolve the issue. I even offered to pay or the meeting. Vanessa and the managing partner refused to cooperate. In addition, I was notified by the firm that I am not allowed to contact any attorney in their firm for any legal reason. Essentially I have been banned from the firm and no reason has been given. So, while Vanessa did an adequate job in my legal case, their are now serious doubts as to her professionalism, respect for her clients, confidentiality and experience. If your case does not involve any medical information, or other form of confidential information, then Vanessa is a good attorney to work with. However, if confidentiality is a concern and open lines of communication are a must, I cannot recommend Vanessa Vanderbrug, or the law firm of Hanis Irvine Prothero, your for legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
It says they help in employment field, but they don't
Had employment issue that I needed help with, but instead of telling me right away, they asked for a lot of unnecessary information that I didn't feel comfortable disclosing, and after 1 hour on the phone, and bunch of email, they just told me that they just won't represent my case. Could of just said that right away, without time wasted and info disclosure from my side...
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Response from Vanessa Vanderbrug April 28, 2018
We're sorry you had a bad experience with our firm. This matter does not sound familiar, and we strive for the utmost client satisfaction in every case. Please contact me directly to discuss your specific concerns.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Owen Law Group PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Lawrence & Versnel PLLC
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Law Clerk to Judge Thibodeau
  • Snohomish County Superior Court
  • 2001 - 2003
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  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Oregon
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lafley v. SeaDrunar
  • Judgment in favor of defense


  • South King County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2013 - 2013
  • South King County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • South King County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2011 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2009 Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Pre-Admission CLE
  • Conflict of Interest in Client Relations
  • 2013
  • New Lawyer Education Program
  • The Real Story about Client Relations
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (14)
Endorse Vanessa
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first met Vanessa as opposing counsel, and I was impressed by her thorough and professional approach to the case. Now, I am working with her on a case, and I am even more impressed. If I had a personal legal problem, I would hire her."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa and I worked together with the South King County Bar Association and I have personally referred countless client's to her. She has my highest regard in the realm of employment law."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Vanessa Vanderbrug is an exceptional lawyer. She cares deeply for her clients and is dedicated to finding the best solutions possible for them. Ms. Vanderbrug is honest, compassionate, and a true advocate."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Insurance Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Ms. Vanderbrug is a highly competent, solid practitioner who strives to get the best results for her clients."
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Seattle Employment and labor Lawyer Vanessa Vanderbrug
Vanessa Vanderbrug
Employment and labor Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 22 years