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Vanessa helps clients navigate a broad range of corporate transactions and regulations, ranging from commercial real estate to data privacy to mergers and acquisitions. 

She helps commercial real estate clients with due diligence and the closing on key property transactions, highlighting important features such as easement restrictions, right-of-way assignments and transfers. Her experience helps clients transverse the maze of regulations related to planning and zoning compliance. She focuses her corporate practice on mergers, acquisitions and commercial contracting. She regularly performs due diligence on target companies, determining obligations and liabilities, potential litigation matters and financial strength. These and many other factors help with the proper evaluation of corporate transactions. Additionally, she works with startups and early-stage companies on innovative legal strategies.

Vanessa also assists corporations with the review of current data privacy policies, making recommendations for updates as applicable to new laws and regulations. She performs detailed evaluations of data breaches by examining the contents that have been illegally accessed in order to determine legal notification procedures.

Vanessa is passionate about diversity and inclusion, as well as outreach, believing that legal teams with a variety of insights find optimal solutions to client challenges. She contributes by staying active in pro bono work and participating on the firm’s recruitment committee.



  • Marquette Pro Bono Society, 2016
  • Sports Law Certificate, National Sports Law Institute, May 2016


  • J.D., Marquette University Law School
      • Marquette Sports Law Review
      • Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review
      • William B. Spong Moot Court Tournament
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Dean’s List
    • Broadcast Journalism


  • Wisconsin

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • American Inns of Court
  • Negotiated, drafted and closed numerous real estate acquisitions.
  • Drafted and analyzed contracts including noncompete and nondisclosure, confidentiality, service, lease agreements and mortgages.
  • Conducted due diligence preparation and follow-up for various merger and acquisition transactions.
Community Leadership
  • Legal Association for Women, Treasurer, 2017-present
  • Madison Public Library, Marketing Committee, 2018-present