Vanessa Septien


Vanessa chairs our Labor and Employment Group and co-chairs our Litigation Group. She has over two decades of experience representing clients in state and federal courts and before arbitral tribunals in connection with insurance, reinsurance, employment, and liability disputes. Her experience includes matters involving general liability, construction, product liability, employment, property, and professional liability coverage, as well as underlying claims involving a variety of losses. Vanessa is also skilled in handling insurance disputes of all types, including claims handling and bad faith issues.

Clients rely on Vanessa to gather and present evidence during discovery, and to present their strongest positions at summary judgment or trial. They also trust her to advise them on a wide range of sensitive employment matters, including those that can generate significant risk for their organizations. Vanessa leads harassment investigations, litigates racial or gender equity issues, responds to activist shareholder demands, and advises on the myriad of issues that impact her clients’ most productive talent.

Vanessa serves as a strategist and collaborative partner to her clients. She is a trusted advisor who helps them navigate complex matters and achieve their business goals. She also helps clients meet the challenges of the modern workplace.

Bar Admissions


State Courts:

  • Florida

Federal Courts:

  • US District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • US District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • US District Court, Northern District of Florida
Education & Training


University of Miami Law School; Coral Gables, FL | Juris Doctor | 1997
University of Miami, BA; Coral Gables, FL | Bachelor of Arts | 1994


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Miami · FL · 33156