Kristina H. Vaquera is a Shareholder in the Norfolk office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Vaquera's practice focuses exclusively on labor and employment counseling and litigation. She represents employers in federal and state court lawsuits and agency investigations and charges covering a wide range of statutes and subjects, including anti-discrimination and civil rights laws, wrongful termination claims, wage and hour laws, covenants not to compete, leave of absence claims, negligent hire/retention, and breaches of fiduciary duty and contract. Ms. Vaquera has litigated class and collective actions, including FLSA, FCRA, and discrimination class actions. She also represents clients in mediation and arbitration before various national and state entities.
As part of Ms. Vaquera's counseling practice, she provides daily counseling and training to management to help employers avoid litigation. She assists clients with employment agreements, handbooks, background checks and drug testing issues, and disciplinary action. She represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor, and numerous state agencies, such as the Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Virginia Department of Housing Discrimination, and Virginia Worker's Compensation Commission. In 2003, Virginia's Inside Business magazine named Ms. Vaquera as one of the area's “Top 40 under 40” professionals published by Inside Business and a Virginia Legal Elite: Young Lawyer. She has also been consistently named as a “Rising Star” by Virginia SuperLawyers for the past several years, and is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking available.
Ms. Vaquera is a member of the Virginia and Maryland Bars. She graduated cum laude from the University of Miami and received her Juris Doctor from American University's Washington College of Law. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Chesapeake Division, and the Hampton Roads Society of Human Resource Managers, and was a Committee Member for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. She founded the Hampton Roads Network for Executive Women in 2003. Ms. Vaquera has been a contributor to “The Developing Labor Law,” published by the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section and co-author of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce's “Virginia Employer's Guide to Hiring and Firing.” Ms. Vaquera speaks extensively on various employment topics, including to the Society of Human Resource Managers, Virginia State Bar Labor and Employment Section, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Virginia Employment Commission, International Professional Managers Association, Virginia Government Contract Attorneys Association, PINK! Women Business Owners Conference, Public Media Business Association, and the Retail Association of Hampton Roads. She lives in Hampton Roads with her family.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
•Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (Chesapeake Division) Board of Directors 2007 - present.
•Sandler Center Committee 2007 - present.
•Founder Hampton Roads Network for Executive Women 2003 - present
•Pro Bono work for: Animal Assistance League of Hampton Roads; Urban League of Hampton Roads; Virginia Ballet International.
•Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association - correspondence officer 2001 - 2003
•Top 40 under 40 recipient 2003
•Virginia Superlawyer Rising Stars - 2004, 2010 and 2011
•Virginia Legal Elite: Young Lawyer (under 40) - 2009
Virginia Employer's Guide to Hiring and Firing .
NA: 2007. [Co-Author]
The Developing Labor Law .
NA: 2000. [Contributing Editor]