Veronica is a creative, innovative national litigation defense leader and strategist. She partners with executives and subject matter leaders in the corporate setting to optimize business results by employing proactive, preventive legal strategies. Her more than 17 years as an attorney spans a career of multiple achievements and advancements, including serving as managing counsel in litigation and tort for global retailer Walmart. In this role, Veronica supervised one of the largest tort litigation portfolios in the nation and led one of Walmart's largest legal teams to protect the reputation and financial spend of the corporation.

Veronica worked in private practice before joining Walmart as a senior counsel, then became the associate general counsel of Walmart’s Tort – Premises and Products division. In these roles she recovered millions of dollars in over 450 high exposure cases by asserting company’s rights against product and service vendors, component part suppliers and insurers, and attained a 30% reduction in inventory of product liability cases. After a promotion to general counsel of Litigation Support – Employment Class Action, she governed deployment of discovery strategies for all U.S. labor and employment litigations involving Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Labor (DOL) and state equivalents. 

At Shook, Veronica plays a number of key leadership roles and has initiated a number of efforts to be ever intentional in the mentoring of associates and in the inclusive practices that lead to the further development of outstanding lawyers. In addition to her efforts to work with the Fortune 500 in connection with preventive litigation approaches, policy and governance issues, and creative resolution strategies, Veronica, together with the firm’s Chair, Madeleine McDonough, serves as co-chair of the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practice. Veronica has been recognized as a trailblazer in many areas of the law involving litigation and women of color. She is thought of as visionary and a trusted counsel by many Fortune 500 general counsel. 

Veronica offers insight to clients on a variety of business functions including operations, employment, insurance, logistics and supply chain issues. She is a servant leader and team player with excellent interpersonal skills that foster her professional relationships. 

Note: District of Columbia admission pending—practicing under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

Presentations

Moderator, Supply Chain Disruptions: Business and Legal Implications, Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC) 18th Annual Career Strategies Conference, October 5 - 8.

ESG: Cultural Investigation, Update of the Law CLE webinar, June 2, 2022.  

ESG Overview and Supply Chain Issues E2 – Examining ESG & Litigation Risks, June 1, 2022.

Panelist, Minority Corporate Counsel Association 12th Annual CLE Expo, March 2013.

Panelist, eDiscovery Institute Leadership Summit, 2015.

Panelist/Faculty, DRI Products Liability Conference - Products Liability in the Global Economy, 2008.

Media

Shook Hires Product Liability Partner From WalmartLaw360, March 9, 2022. 

Why This Longtime In-House Lawyer Left Walmart for Big Law, Corporate Counsel, March 4, 2022.