Hannah Withers

Managing Associate

San Francisco


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Hannah is a managing associate in Orrick’s San Francisco office.

Hannah represents companies and individual defendants in a wide variety of employment-related lawsuits relating to wage and hour violations, whistleblower allegations, wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliatory discharge, and other matters. She also provides employment counseling to companies on a variety of employment issues.

Prior to joining Orrick, Hannah was a Litigation Associate with Latham & Watkins, LLP. Hannah also served as a judicial extern to Judge Edward M. Chen in the United States District Court, Northern District of California.

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Posts by: Hannah Withers

No Similarly Situated Employees, No Claim: Vanderbilt Prevails on Summary Judgment in Professor’s Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Last week the Sixth Circuit upheld a grant of summary judgment in the employer’s favor on a former employee’s sex discrimination claim, finding plaintiff failed to meet her burden to establish a prima facie case of discrimination.

The Case

Dr. Jean Simpson was a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. While teaching at the University, Dr. Simpson started her own private consulting practice doing breast-pathology.  Upon learning of Dr. Simpson’s consulting practice, the University instructed her the external employment violated the Conflict of Interest Policy, the Vanderbilt Medical Group (“VMG”) By-Laws and the VMG Participation Agreement and asked her to cease the consulting work.  She refused.  The University later terminated Dr. Simpson because of these violations. READ MORE