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My practice includes such areas as divorce (including division of assets, child  custody, child support and spousal support), domestic violence matters, cohabitation agreements, paternity, and prenuptial and post nuptial agreements.

 A Cum Laude graduate of UCLA, I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2000, and my law degree from USC Law School in 2003. 


Practice areas


  1. Marriage & Prenuptials: 20%
  2. Divorce & Separation: 20%
  3. Child Support: 20%
  4. Child Custody: 20%
  5. Family: 20%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

8 total 

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  • Aimee Doherty

    Vanessa is a zealous advocate for her clients. She has a keen understanding of family law. As opposing counsel, I appreciate and respect that she was civil, professional and reasonable yet unwavering in fighting for her clients' rights. She is an asset to her family law clients.


    Aimee Doherty Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

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    Vanessa is a highly skilled family lawyer and I highly recommend her services. I have referred many clients to Vanessa over the years and they have all reported that she is excellent to work with and they have been very happy with her results-driven approach to family law. As an expert in her field, Vanessa would be my first choice if I was in need of a family lawyer.


    Rose Kesten Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan, A Law Corporation

16633 Ventura Boulevard 11th Floor
Encino, CA, 91436


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Women Attorneys of Southern CaliforniaSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2012
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2011
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2010
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2009
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2008
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2007
Public Law Foundation GrantUniversity of Southern California Law School2003
Pro Bono AwardLos Angeles County Bar Association2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder - Family LawLewitt Hackman2011 - Present
Associate - Family Law AttorneyLewitt Hackman2003 - 2010
InternAlliance for Children's Rights2003 - 2003
InternUniversity of Southern California Family Violence Clinic2002 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Mexican American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Step Up Women's NetworkN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawN/A2003
University of California - Los AngelesPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MCLE Seminar SeriesMarriage, Divorce & Cohabitation: Common Misconceptions2012
Seminar SeriesFamily Law - The Impact On Your Business2011
Seminar SeriesEverything You Wanted to Know about Prenuptial Agreements But Never Asked2008
Seminar SeriesImmigration: Generally and It's Impact on Employment and Family Law2008
Seminar SeriesAll You Want to Know About Prenuptial, Postnuptial and Co-Habitation Agreements2007
Seminar SeriesFamily Law Fundamentals2006