Kristina H. Vaquera is a Principal in the Norfolk, Virginia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses exclusively on labor and employment counseling and litigation.
Ms. Vaquera 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.
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, the American Council of Engineering Companies, and the Retail Association of Hampton Roads. She lives in Hampton Roads with her family.
Honors and Recognitions
•Virginia's Inside Business, “Top 40 under 40” professionals (2003)
•Virginia Legal Elite: Young Lawyer (2009)
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•Girl Scouts of the USA
•Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association, Correspondence Officer
•Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Committee Member
•Urban League of Hampton Roads
•Virginia Ballet International
•Virginia Employer's Guide to Hiring and Firing. NA: 2007. [Co-Author]
•The Developing Labor Law. NA: 2000. [Contributing Editor]