Vanessa B.K. Lee represents and counsels employers in a wide range of employment matters arising under federal and state law, including matters relating to:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Disability accommodation
  • Wrongful termination
  • Federal, state and local leave laws including paid sick leave ordinances
  • Wage and hour matters

Vanessa represents employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Washington State Human Rights Commission, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and the Seattle Office of Labor Standards. Vanessa also advises and assists employers with developing, drafting and updating employee policies and handbooks.

Prior to joining Littler, Vanessa was an associate in the employment law group of a national full service law firm. 

While in law school, Vanessa interned with the United States Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor and the Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children. Vanessa also served as director-in-chief of the Emory Law Moot Court Society and president of the Tort and Insurance Law Society.

Prior to law school, Vanessa taught first and second grade special education with Teach For America in New York City.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Mentorship Chair

King County Washington Women Lawyers Board


Labor and Employment Law Section

King County Bar Association


Labor and Employment Law Section

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers


University of Washington School of Law National Moot Court Team



Named, Rising Star


Super Lawyers


Order of the Barristers

Emory University School of Law


Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

Emory University School of Law


Dean's Award

Free Speech and Hate Speech Seminar

Emory University School of Law


Faculty Honors

Trinity College

Fall 2005, Spring 2007, Spring 2008

Speaking Engagements

Updates on Washington State and Local Laws

2017 Seattle Breakfast Briefing Series

January 31, 2017

Paid Leave Laws in Washington: What You Need to Know


October 18, 2016


  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 2013
  • M.S., Pace University School of Education, 2010
  • B.S., Trinity College, 2008

Bar Admission



  • US District Court: Western District of Washington