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Vanessa D. Gilbreth

Vanessa D. Gilbreth

Partners HealthCare
Senior Legal Counsel, Office of General Counsel
Boston, MA, USA

Vanessa D. Gilbreth received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2001 from the University of Michigan with University Honors.  After a short period working for a National Institute for Mental Health funded study through Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center (2002-2004), Vanessa went on Boston University School of Law where she was a member of the Law Review and president of the Shelter Legal Services Organization.  Vanessa received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, in 2007.  After law school, she was a labor and employment associate at McDermott, Will and Emery LLP (2007 – 2010) and Proskauer Rose LLP (2010 – 2015).

Vanessa is currently Senior Legal Counsel for Partners HealthCare, Inc. (“Partners”).  Partners is a not-for-profit health care system located in Massachusetts.  Partners was founded in 1994 by two of the premier hospitals in the nation, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Currently the Partners owns and operates numerous community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities.  Several of Partners’ hospitals are teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School, and Partners is a national leader in biomedical research.  Partners employs over 65,000 employees.

As Senior Legal Counsel for Partners, Vanessa’s focus is on labor and employment law.  She counsels executives and managers on the numerous and diverse legal issues related to the employment of employees, including discrimination, harassment, performance improvement, discipline and discharge, leaves of absence, wage and hour issues, workplace privacy, and drug testing.  In particular, Vanessa advises Partners’ hospitals with respect to their relationship with unions representing employees in 18 separate bargaining units across eight hospitals in the Partners system, including in collective bargaining negotiations, grievance and arbitration, contract management, and unfair labor practice charges.

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