Vanessa brings passion, energy and superior legal skills to guide her clients successfully through the legal process. “It is my deepest privilege and obligation to come to the aid of those with limited resources and offer them my hand,” Vanessa states. “Whether my client is an employee seeking fairness, an individual who suffered life-threatening injuries, or a family member grieving the loss of a loved one, I proudly serve as their voice in the courtroom and ensure that justice is done.”
From case investigation, pre-litigation settlement negotiations, drafting the complaint, fact discovery, preparation of experts, and motions practice to mediation, settlement or trial, Vanessa excels in all phases of civil litigation.
While Vanessa’s clients appreciate her determination and sharp legal skills, they often comment that her attentiveness, compassion and empathy are just as important to her representation of them. “I spend time getting to know my clients personally, a process that cannot be rushed or undervalued,” Vanessa states. “This builds trust with clients, which is a critical factor in successfully prosecuting any case. It also enables me to learn the client’s long-term goals and how I can help them achieve those goals.”
In the field of employment law, Vanessa has successfully negotiated multiple six and seven figure settlements for individual employees. Her remarkable successes for her clients include cases alleging:
- Age Discrimination
- Disability Discrimination
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations
- Ethnicity and National Origin Discrimination
- Gender and Sex Discrimination
- Race Discrimination
- Retaliation and Wrongful Termination
- Sexual Harassment
- Sexual Orientation Discrimination
- Wage & Hour violations including failure to pay overtime, break time or vacation time
- Whistleblower or qui tam claims
These lawsuits have been filed against many major corporations in the U.S. including Chevron Corporation, Sutter Health, Rite-Aid Corporation, America Honda Motor Company, CVS Caremark, Walt Disney Company, Lufthansa Cargo, A.G., and Kellogg Company.
A graduate of Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, Vanessa served as a judicial extern for U.S. District Court Judge Otis D. Wright II in Los Angeles while attending law school. Vanessa is licensed to practice law in California, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and is member of the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California.
An avid domestic and world traveler with a strong interest in other cultures, histories and experiences, Vanessa loves meeting new people, seeing new places and learning from individuals from all walks of life. She also enjoys exploring the San Francisco Bay Area with her beloved dog Atticus.