Vanessa L. Smith

Vanessa L. Smith, Esq. is principal and Managing Counsel of Vantage Legal Solutions P.C. Prior to founding Vantage Solutions LLC in 1998, Ms. Smith practiced law with the national law firm of Gardner, Carton & Douglas and the international law firm of Winston & Strawn.  There, she developed an expertise in litigating employment practice lawsuits, counseling large and small employers on compliance with laws affecting the workplace and preparing employment-related policies, procedures and contracts. Ms. Smith also investigates and mediates workplace conflicts to assist employers in taking prompt, effective and defensible employment actions.

Ms. Smith speaks frequently on the legal and business aspects of workplace issues and has been a guest presenter on various employment topics before the Price-Waterhouse CFO Forum, the ADP Professionals Forum, the Metropolitan Chicago Cultural Human Resources Group. She was also a presenter for the 54th and 58th Annual SHRM Conferences.

Ms. Smith  received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and her undergraduate degree in Economics from Howard University.