Vanessa concentrates her practice in product liability, focusing on pharmaceutical and medical device matters. With a strong background in trial advocacy and court practice, as well as a deep commitment to helping her community, she brings real-world experience, compassion and discipline to her work for clients facing the challenges of litigation.

Before joining Shook, Vanessa completed a judicial clerkship for the Hon. Zoe Bush, now a Senior Judge for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Vanessa also is a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, and served as a military police officer.

Matters of Note

Anglade v. Pimienta-Johnson — Circuit Court of Broward County, Florida. Conducted full evidentiary hearing on petition for injunction for protection against domestic violence, resulting in the granting of a final injunction in client's favor (pro bono family law matter). (February 2019)

Hackman v. Goya Foods, Inc. — Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Motion to dismiss in favor of client (slack-fill litigation). (October 2018)

Cavanaugh v. Stryker Corp. — Circuit Court of St. Lucie County, Florida. Four-week jury trial involving a medical device and resulting in full defense verdict. (Neptune 2 Ultra Waste Management System) (June 2018)

Publications and Presentations

Implications of Withdrawing an Already Deposed Expert, The Dade County Bar Association Bulletin, December 2018.

Saving You From Spoliation: How to Minimize the Risk of a Spoliation Claim, 9th Annual Association of Corporate Counsel - South Florida CLE Conference, September 2018 (with Al Saikali, Jim Feeney, Jennifer McLoone and Devin Moss).