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Advise clients on immigration matters and contract issues.  I additionally advise authors and aspiring authors on publishing and copyright law through reviewing book manuscripts, advising on decrete publishing and copyright questions, and reviewing publishing contracts. 



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Languages spoken: Russian

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 50%
    6 years
  2. Copyright: 25%
  3. Intellectual Property: 25%
    3 years

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  • Gregory L. Piede

    I had the privilege of working with Vanessa a few years ago on a very complex legal matter. From a professional perspective, she was sharp, motivated, diligent, and an incredibly adept legal researcher. Personally, she is a delight to work with. She handles pressure well, will go the extra mile when needed, has a great sense of humor, and (most importantly) is trustworthy. Vanessa is wonderful attorney and person. I would be happy to recommend her to any of my clients, family, or friends.


    Gregory Piede Elder law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Law Offices of Vanessa Brown Hanks
PO Box 25265
Farmington, NY, 14425

The Law Offices of Vanessa Brown Hanks
Rochester, NY, 14425



NYCurrently registered 201107/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Bankruptcy Institute Medal of ExcellanceAmerican Bankruptcy Institute2009
Magna Cum Laude HonorsUniversity of Baltimore School of Law2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Labor Relations AttorneyGenesee Valley Educational Partnership2012 - Present
Managing AttorneyLaw Office of Vanessa Brown Hanks2011 - Present
Senior Attorney Editor - Practitioner Insights ProjectThompson Reuters2013 - 2013
Staff Attorney, Immigration and Consumer LawVolunteer Legal Services Project2012 - 2012
Of CounselKorte & Wortman2012 - 2013
Pro Bono attorney - ImmigrationLegal Assistance of Western New York2011 - 2012
Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Kaye A. AllisonBaltimore City Circuit Court2009 - 2010
Law ClerkFederal Deposit Insurance Corporation2008 - 2008
Janet D. Steiger Legal FellowDelaware Office of the Attorney General2007 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Monroe County Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
Ontario County Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
Greater Rochester Association of Women AttorneysN/A2010 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
ProQuestThe French Wine Industry in Crisis: Is it a Case of Intellectual Property Rights Gone too Far?2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
State University of New York at BuffaloPhD Program in Political ScienceOther - Masters2006
State University of New York, AlbanyHistoryMA - Masters2002
State University of New York, BinghamtonBiology & MicrobiologyBS - Bachelor of Science1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Leadership Institute at Beaver Hollow Conference CenterPreparing for Student Suspension Hearings2014
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership SeminarEmployee Discipline in Public Schools2014
Genesee Valley School Boards Association Annual DinnerSchool Law - A Year In Review2013
Large Law Firm PresentationTaking on Pro Bono Cases2012