Vanessa is a seasoned attorney with an extensive health law and policy background. Prior to joining the Burgeon Legal team, she was an attorney-advisor for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At HHS, she acted on behalf of the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the adjudication of federal healthcare claims and administrative appeals.


  • Prior to beginning her legal practice, Vanessa served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Gregory E. Jackson and the Honorable Craig S. Iscoe at the Superior Court of the District of Colombia.

  • Vanessa earned her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law where she was the Articles Line Editor of the Criminal Law Practitioner and practiced within the Criminal Justice Legal Clinic. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Sociology from Vanderbilt University.

  • Vanessa is licensed in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Illinois.

  • Vanessa originates from Memphis, Tennessee, lived in Washington D.C. for ten years and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband. In her free time, she loves to travel.