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Vanessa's Profile

Vanessa is an Associate in the Firm’s Litigation Section.

Prior to joining Maynard, Vanessa served as both a summer associate for an AmLaw 100 firm in Chicago and on the in-house legal teams of numerous multinational corporations. She has lived in various parts of the United States and South America and has traveled extensively around the world, gaining comprehensive multi-cultural experience. In addition to a worldly scope of legal knowledge, she is fully bicultural and bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish. Vanessa combines her international background with her training in commercial litigation, commercial contracts, and data privacy laws to help clients navigate and resolve a diverse array of legal matters.

Vanessa earned her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and her B.A. from Villanova University.

Vanessa's Experience

  • First chaired and successfully attained arbitration award in dispute involving residential construction defects.
  • Second chaired bench trial involving trade secrets.
  • Fourth chair in jury trial of a $60 million TUFTA and estate partition dispute resulting in full defense verdict.
  • First chaired TRO proceeding involving Public Information Act.
  • First chaired a small claims bench trial in Justice of the Peace Court.
  • Argued multiple hearings, including summary judgment, discovery disputes, venue disputes, and special exceptions.
  • Taken and defended over 20 depositions for cases pending in federal and state court.
  • Defended witness examinations in federal jury trial.

Vanessa's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Region XII Deputy Vice President; Region XII Young Lawyers Representative
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Austin, Secretary
  • Austin Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association, Member

Admissions

State Bar: Texas

U.S. District Court: Texas (Northern, Southern, Western)

U.S. Court of Appeals: Fifth Circuit

Education
  • University of Texas School of Law
    • (2019, J.D.)

  • Villanova University
    • (2016, B.A., Psychology & Communication)