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Vanessa Alexandra Vasquez de Lara

Child custody Attorney at Miami, FL

4.7   62 reviews

About Vanessa

Learn Vanessa’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%
    The most contentious area of any divorce or paternity case is always the custody, parental responsibility, and time sharing schedule for the children. The law requires an analysis of the children's best interests whenever parental responsibility and time sharing are being decided. The Vasquez de Lara Law Group can assist parents in maximizing the time they spend with the children to insure no disruption in the relationship between the parent and the children after the separation.

    19 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%
    The most stressful event of most people's lives is a divorce. Having to deal with the disintegration of your marriage, along with the division of property, division of debts, and determination of your rights and responsibilities for your children can be extremely taxing. The Vasquez de Lara Law Group can assist with expert legal counsel to ensure that your rights are protected and that you walk away from your divorce with the best possible resolution.

    19 years

  3. Family
    25%
    We can assist if going or returning to family court is needed to obtain or enforce your rights. We offer legal assistance to clients for issues regarding: Enforcement and contempt Child visitation/custody Parents’ rights Child or spousal support

    19 years

  4. Uncontested divorce
    15%
    Dissolving a marriage can be a stressful experience, but our staff of legal professionals has the expertise, talent and experience necessary to get you the justice and peace of mind you deserve. Our law office is the choice that makes sense for you.

    19 years

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    10%
    One of the biggest decisions to be made before a marriage is whether or not to sign a prenuptial agreement. We can assist with making that decision, preparing the agreement, or reviewing an agreement if your fiancee has presented you with one.

    19 years

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara, Esq. is the founder and owner of Vasquez de Lara Law Group, a law firm dedicated to assisting families with the legal issues affecting them, and their loved ones in family and probate court. Ms. Vasquez de Lara graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002. She has been named to the 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars and 2016-2022 Super Lawyers lists. She is an experienced family law litigator. Cases handled in family court include divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, modification, and relocation matters.


Mrs. Vasquez de Lara has been featured multiple times on Univision’s Despierta America, a national television show, for her family law knowledge. She has been extensively involved in her community including as an elected member of the board of the Young Lawyers Section of the Dade County Bar Association. She is also active in the Solo and Small Firm Committee of the Miami Dade Bar, as well as the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar.  She is also an active board member of the Dominican American Bar Association and the Coral Gables Bar Association. She is also the Founder of the Supreme Scholars Foundation, an organization created to honor the memory of Ricardo de Lara by providing scholarships to deserving high school graduates.

Mrs. Vasquez de Lara is involved with all cases handled by the firm. She manages all matters and clients with a fantastic staff of associate attorneys and administrative staff. All of the clients’ needs are considered and discussed prior to the acceptance of any and every case to ensure that all matters are adequately handled to the best of the firm’s abilities. Emergency matters are handled expeditiously and every client can communicate directly with the attorney and her staff.

If you have any questions regarding family law matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Vasquez de Lara Law Group for an appointment.

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Licensed for 19 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Vanessa

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara, Esq.
7700 North Kendall Drive
Suite 607
Miami, FL, 33156

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  62 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent, knowledgeable, professional attorney
If I could give attorney Vanessa Vasquez de Lara a rating of 10 stars, I definitely would. She represented me in a lengthy modification of parenting agreement process and it’s because of her tenacity, knowledge and professionalism that I was granted sole parental responsibility of my child among other victories. We dealt with a hostile opposing party and still, Vanessa never flinched. Vanessa’s staff is also great, always professional and very helpful. I can’t thank them enough and if you want a competent, knowledgeable attorney who will fight for you, hire Vanessa Vasquez de Lara and her firm to represent you!
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Posted by Zaira | August 24, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Handled our Divorce Amazingly
My Special Needs Little boy and I will be eternally grateful for helping us thru the divorce. Everything was handled with utmost professionalism. The office sraff was accomodating of my disabilities and handled conferences online. Highly appreciated.
Posted by Karen | September 27, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend
I just had a consultation to get an idea of what my case would be like, if I had one and I were to move forward with my decision. She explained everything to me with a lot of detail and explained what the worse case scenario would be, what to expect in court and what I needed to move forward with the case. I’m very thankful I decided to consult with her before I took matters into my own hands. If in a near future I were to go forward And push forward with my case I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great service and family environment
This law firm made me feel at ease with the entire custody process for my son. They are very knowledgeable, professional, firm, and prompt. They took great care of me and follow up with me even though my process has ended. I highly recommend them for family law. They genuinely care for their clients.
Posted by Juan J Ruiz | January 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
Vanessa was very professional. She listened attentively and gave the best legal advice. She understood my situation and respected my decision.
Posted by Daro | April 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I finally found a lawyer with the heart in the right place.
Hi. Vanessa has represented me for about two years and I could not be happier with her service / counseling / support and why not... with our growing friendship. I am a physician, but I had just finished my residency and money was a big struggle when I first hired Vanessa. However, my children's well-being was a cause worth fighting for and investing my time, energy and limited resources. I read about Vanessa right here, at Avvo. Having had a good share of legal fiascos with previous "highly recommended" lawyers that only put me way deeper in debt with not real results, I was skeptical and afraid as my decision at the time was time sensitive and had no margin for error. I am glad I decided to hire Vanessa. She was considerate and very reasonable with legal fees and truly I felt she treated my case with the heart of a mother/father and advocated for my children as she would have done for her own children. She mounted a surprising case (at least to me) and recommended steps that no other lawyer had mentioned to me before and time proved to be the right strategy. Vanessa got my WHOLE case resolved in less than a year and pretty much I got every item I was hoping I could offer to my children such as: equal time share (50/50) with both parents, consistent and well structured time schedule, attendance to best possible school, common sense and fair things such as place for pick up/drop off, among other things. Vanessa was against an experienced and thought lawyer... and she shined. I must tell you that I did my homework and had everything ready at every step, saved emails, receipts, text conversation, etc... I did this over a period of time and I'd advise you do your work as well. Finally, after many years of back and forth visits to court, my case was resolved... and the legal cost at the end was not significantly different from our first calculations. I imagine every case is different, but Vanessa really try to help client's cost by deferring much of routine interaction to her secretary and/or paralegal which were both really nice, courteous and very professional and cost a fraction of a lawyer's fee. Even better and unexpected news... I believe Vanessa (maybe indirectly, too complicated to explain here) also helped to improve my relationship with my ex which has been a blessing. My kids' mom and I just celebrated our son's birthday party together for the first time and it was a blast. I am very thankful to Vanessa for what she has done for me, my children and my family. Note: I usually do not write reviews, mostly due to lack for free time, but this review is truly important to me. It is a way to show gratitude to my lawyer and equally important possibly help someone desperate for help (as I was) to make the right decision. I believe Vanessa has her heart in the right place, something difficult to find nowadays. Best wishes!!!
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Posted by Jorge | January 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend meeting Vanessa Vasquez
Her firm help me with my child custody case and child support. I can not be happier with the results she was able to get. The outcome was better than expected. Her office staff is courteous and very helpful. Thank you
Posted by Alina Philipp | January 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Professional detail oriented
Ms Vasquez was instrumental in achieving a judgement in my favor against my ex husband. It was a complicated case that required a strong collaboration. She was able to achieve results through her excellent analysis of the taxes and complicated documentation. She delivered in the court room as well. I would recommend Ms Vasquez unconditionally. She is true professional
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Posted by Patrick | November 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thankyou
Attorney Vasquez came highly recommended to me from a good friend. I took his advice and hired her. She represented me in my divorce case. I must admit, I'm glad I took my friends advice. Everything she said she would do, she did. Communication was excellent. Never was there a time in which I could not contact and speak directly with her or Barbera. To know that you have someone in your corner that has your best interest in the forefront says it all. Patrick
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Posted by Tasha | November 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!!!
Not enough words to express my gratitude for Vanessa and her firm. They are very knowledgeable and make you feel like your part of the family!
Posted by Eddie D | September 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody Case (Father)
I found Vanessa while undertaking an emotionally difficult child custody case. Being a Father seeking full custody is no easy task, I was very insecure and afraid until our first meeting. Vanessa is highly knowledgeable, returns phone calls and e-mails promptly (immediately most of the time), knows the court system inside and out. She also gives great advice when you are unsure. Going to court can be a very nerve-racking experience, but Vanessa and her team makes the process so much easier. Her courtroom presence is very confident, professional and strong. I am very happy with the outcome and highly recommend you chose her as your attorney!
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Posted by Grace Joubarne | February 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Canadians in Florida should use this lawyer.
As the Personal Representative of my aunt's Florida estate, the beneficiary's in Canada needed a lawyer. The first one, Paul Cowan of Golden and Cowan was an absolute disaster and in our view should be disbarred for misleading us, among other things. We wrote to the Florida authorities overseeing lawyers; despite all the evidence of Cowan's misrepresentations, even to their inquiry, they sided with this terrible lawyer. Then mercifully we found Vanessa and thanks to her the mess that Cowan left us in was rapidly resolved and for a pittance compared to what Cowan charged. However, Cowan was not done, when it was time for the Court to sign off on the estate so it could be closed, this sicko Cowan demanded thousands of dollars for his 'time and effort', even though this time and effort was spent on misrepresenting himself to us and to the authorities. Vanessa is a gem in a world of dirt bags apparently protected by the very authorities who are supposed to discipline lawyers like Cowan. We would always seek her services if we ever needed assistance in Florida and we HIGHLY recommend that you work with Vanessa Vasquez de Lana anytime you need cost-effective and ethical help.
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Posted by Rosanna | January 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch lawyer
Vanessa is a top notch lawyer with a strong knowledge of family law. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience, she’s a professional, honest and on top of her case. I was impressed how quickly she gets back to you and keeping you informed at all times. Her experience is obvious and demonstrated, as she gets the job done proficiently and does not let anything fall through the cracks. A+++ for this super lawyer!
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Posted by Felipe | January 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professional Excellence
Vanessa is a fantastic attorney. I had heard that she was the finest family lawyer in Miami but after using her services I was sure of it myself. To the point, very professional and able to get the results I desired when I brought my personal dilemma to her attention. If you have a legal matter to attend to that requires child custody, divorce and separation, and/or probate legal representation Vanessa is the lawyer you should be choosing. Thank you Vanessa for your excellent work.
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Posted by Nelson | October 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Well-represented!!!
Vanessa is an excellent attorney, which I would highly recommend. Well versed in family law, knows the ins and outs of the system. Professional, not confrontational. Provided excellent counsel and advice, in order to provide a positive result for me. I got exactly what I was seeking in my case. Excellent support staff as well.
Posted by Edwin | June 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Affordable & Caring Excellence
Affordable, caring, cordial, friendly, professional and prompt service! I wrote "affordable" - not cheap - who wants a cheap lawyer or a cheap surgeon? And yet, this reputable Lawyer is affordable! I changed my negative views about Lawyers until I needed one and whomever retains Vanessa's services and interacts with her, will forever cherish the experience of having engaged a "good" Lawyer.
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Posted by sergio | June 6, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great family law attorney
We recently received great advice from Vanessa regarding issues with my step son and the difficult situation we were caught in with his father. After consulting with Vanessa we went with her advice which has made our situation so much better than we could have ever imagined.
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Comforting and Honest
Vanessa was extremely straightforward and was able to understand my needs and wants. She is confident and was able to get everything that I wanted. She put gave me a breakdown of everything and was there to explain anything that I didn't understand.
Posted by Jesus David Castro | May 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thankful
I'm a single father to a beautiful lil girl who is my everything...I am trully grateful to Vanessa and her staff for helping me through this process, i could not have done it without them. She was able to help get results in a timely manner and in doing so lifting a great burden of my shoulders. She is knowledgeable and attentive to detail.... there were a few things that i would have missed if she had not pointed them out. Vanessa alongside her paralegal heather make a great team i would highly recomend their services.
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Posted by Melissa | April 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Divorce Lawyer
In times that are trying emotionally and you have absolutely no background in legal matters you need someone you can trust to look out for you and your best interests. Vanessa is DEFINITELY that person. She is an excellent and very skilled lawyer but what makes her extraordinary is she is like a guiding light in these times when you feel so lost. She is personable as well as professional and knowledgeable. She put me at ease, helped me to understand my options through all my tears and in the end I was able to be at peace and have peace of mind I was not alone in this process. She was powerful in mediation. She "out-lawyered" my ex's lawyer by far and that is important in this process. You walked out knowing she was in control. The best. I felt I needed to be defended and she was wonderful. Thank you Vanessa!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-425 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner and Senior Attorney
  • Vasquez de Lara Law Group
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Estefano & Associates
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Associate Attorney
  • Lanza & Bugay, PA
  • 2003 - 2004

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • High Point University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1999

Associations

  • Supreme Scholars Foundation
  • Founder
  • 2020 - Present
  • Coral Gables Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2019 - Present
  • Pinecrest Business Association
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Dominican American Bar Association
  • Board Member, Officer
  • 2015 - Present
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Co-Chair Committee for Solo and Small Firms
  • 2010 - Present
  • Family Court Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • South Florida Preschool PTA
  • Treasurer
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyer's Section
  • Director
  • 2004 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Super Lawyers 2019
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyers 2018
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer 2017
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Florida Legal Elite 2017
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer 2016
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Distinguished Advocate of Pro Bono Commitment
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer - Rising Star 2015
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • LegalMax Attorney Resource Group Breakfast
  • Why Prepare for the Inevitable
  • 2016
  • Lunch and Learn Seminar
  • Top 10 Things to Know About a Probate Closing/Sale
  • 2015
  • Avvo Lawyernomics Conference
  • Lawyernomics
  • 2015
  • 23rd Annual Nuts & Bolts of Family Law Seminar
  • Family Law
  • 2015
  • Wills Workshop
  • Wills
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (54)
Given (44)
Family Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Vanesssa was a pleasure to work with during our case."
Family Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa is my go to family guru. Always happy to answer my questions and concerns regarding anything family law. Super knowledgeable, giving, kind, and always willing to lend a hand. I highly recommend her and endorse her as a colleague and friend."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Friend
"Vanessa is much more than an excellent attorney, she is also an excellent colleague. We have been opposing counsels on matters and have also worked together through some tough cases. Whether we're on opposite sides or the same side, Vanessa is the consummate professional. Additionally, she is known to genuinely care for her colleagues and provide invaluable support for fellow members of the profession. I am grateful for her support and fortunate to call her my friend."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa is outstanding! She has an incredible grasp of the law and is talented both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. She is known for being one of our SuperLawyers and has been a trusted source of knowledge and experience for me as well as all of our colleagues in the community. You are definitely in good hands with Vanessa!"
Family Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Vanessa is a great attorney who is highly respected by her clients and in the community, I endorse her wholeheartedly."
Family Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of meeting Vanessa recently at an event. She is extremely knowledgeable in family law matters. Her legal expertise and dedication to her clients are unmatched in this area. If you want a seasoned trial professional who zealously advocates for her clients, you should retain her services. You will not be disappointed."
Family Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recently heard Vanessa speak at a function and quickly learned of her passion for helping people with family law and custody issues. She puts people first and if you need an attorney in the area of family or child custody, I would strongly suggest hiring Vanessa."
Family Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa really cares about her clients and is passionate about helping families through a hard time."
Family Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa is highly knowledgeable and experienced in her field. She is a zealous and passionate attorney that will fight for you."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Vanessa is extremely experienced in estate planning and family law. She fights effectively for her clients and protects their assets."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa is a talented lawyer and leads a first class legal team."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Other
"Vanessa is a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney. Her firm provides excellent legal services to her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Other
"Vanessa is compassionate and dedicated to her clients. Her background and experience enables her to effectively represent her client's interests; especially when it comes to the delicate and sensitive issues involved in a domestic relations practice."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa and her team provide exceptional legal experience on all of her matters. She also passionately cares about the Hispanic community and endeavors to educate them on the legal processes in which she represents them. I highly endorse her and her team."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa is an excellent family attorney. She is a zealous advocate for her clients and well respected in the legal community. I recommend that you call her if you have any questions about any facet of family law."
Family Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Vanessa on several cases thought the years. I have always found her to be very professional and personable. I have also referred may clients to Vanessa and they always sing her praises."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I completely endorse this lawyer. Vanessa is very detailed oriented and very attuned to her clients. She is completely dedicated to representing her clients' interests during the entire case process."
Probate Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Vasquez de Lara is a talented and knowledgeable bilingual attorney. I highly recommend and endorse this lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa is a knowledgeable and very hard working attorney. She is known in the community for her willingness to help her clients and fellow attorneys through any issues that may arise. She is a true asset!"
Guardianship Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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