Vanessa is Santa Cruz local. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2001.
She has a background in journalism, marketing, public relations, community relations and fundraising - working with companies such as Coca-Cola, Los Angeles Kings, UCLA Medical Center, and nonprofits. After ten years in those fields, she decided to switch careers and go into law.
She graduated from Monterey College of Law with dual degrees in Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Legal Studies. She passed the bar and was sworn in on June 1, 2015.
She joined the firm in June 2015. She is a member of the Monterey County Bar Association, Monterey County Womens Lawyers Association, California Applicants’ Attorney Association, Filipino Community of the Salinas Valley, Monterey Bay Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Association, and National Filipino American Lawyers Association.
In her past jobs, she had work injuries and knows the difficulties in navigating the workers’ compensation system, and because of her experience, she is dedicated to helping injured workers get their benefits.