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Vanessa J. Gorden

Divorce and separation Attorney at Lincoln, NE

5.0   36 reviews

Licensed for 17 years

Virtual consultation available

About Vanessa

Learn Vanessa’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%
    If you are married and need to alter the legal rights and responsibilities of being married, divorce and/or separation is the means to do that.

    18 years

  2. Family
    40%
    Paternity; Spouse and Child Support; Custody; Contempt; Name changes; Guardians & Conservators; Same Sex Partnerships; Prenuptial and cohabitation agreements; Protection orders; Annulment; Grandparent rights; Parenting time and visitation; etc.

    18 years

  3. Adoption
    10%
    Stepparent adoptions; termination of parental rights; adoption from foster care; adult adoptions; etc.

    18 years

  4. Juvenile law
    10%
    Juvenile law; Representing parents, grandparents, and children; Adoptions; Post adoption contact and communication agreements; Guardian ad litem; juvenile law and status offenses; etc.

    18 years

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Throughout her career, Vanessa has concentrated on representing individuals in family law, juvenile law, and guardianship/adoption matters in probate court. Vanessa was honored to be part of the 2008-2009 Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy. She has also served as Chair of the Volunteer Lawyers' Project committee for the Nebraska State Bar.

Vanessa attended the University of South Dakota for college, graduate school, and law school, and earned her J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2005. She is a member of the Thomas Sterling Honor Society, the highest honor bestowed upon the top 10% of students in each USD Law graduating class. Prior to moving to Lincoln in 2008, Vanessa practiced law in rural northeastern Nebraska.

For more than a decade, Vanessa's firm has focused on the areas where Nebraska law affects individuals and their most important relationships - with their loved ones. 

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Licensed for 17 years
State NE
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 10/30/2022
State SD
Status Inactive
Acquired 2005
Updated 03/04/2013

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

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Vanessa J. Gorden

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  36 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
Vanessa received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Pete | November 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal Experience
Ms. Gorden assisted me with my dissolution of marriage (divorce) I'm thankful to her for her approach, experience, ethical actions, and overall assistance. Ms. Gorden take the "high road" in an attempt to provide her client the best overall service. Her office is family oriented with quality people who genuinely care about the client and providing the best possible counsel. For my personal experience, the end outcome was as good as it could be.
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Posted by Gage | November 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!!
Vanessa Gorden handled my custody case. She was efficient, answered all my questions and proceeded the best way possible. Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best attorneys in Lincoln
I've hired Vanessa for my divorce case a couple of months ago and now the case settles gracefully. She's very responsive and professional. She's done a great job explaining the terms, procedures, and what I'm supposed to expect from each step. Communication is highly efficient and easy. Fantastic job on the legal paperwork and I always appreciate how much she and her assistants helped with my case! I'll definitely recommend her to anyone who needs such services!
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Vanessa
Vanessa and her firm helped guide me through a tough, confusing time. She was my second attorney and super efficient. I wish I’d hired her in the first place. It would have been much less stressful and saved me a lot of time and money.
Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Great Lawyer
Working with Vanessa made a very stressful situation much easier. She was very helpful and patient in answering our questions with straightforward answers and helping us completely understand the process. The office was always very quick to respond to calls or emails, usually same day and sometimes within just a couple of hours. Her clear willingness to support us and go the distance as needed gave us the confidence to move forward. She is a compassionate fighter. Should the need arise again we would hire her without a second thought.
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible attorney!
Vanessa was incredible in my custody battle! I hired her based on other reviews and I’m so glad I did. She listened to every concern or question I had and got back to me within the same day. This was probably the most stressful situation in my life but she walked me through every step, process and expectations throughout the entire case. She took so much stress off of me. We won the case and the judge didn’t Reward my ex anything he had asked for, she was just as ecstatic as I was when we got the news! Choosing a great attorney through such a stressful time is the last thing you should have to worry about. Vanessa is a great choice and will fight as hard as she can for you!!!
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Posted by Ted | April 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Vanessa was very responsive. I've never received this level of service from an attorney. She was prompt and thorough in answering our questions. I would recommend Vanessa and Gordon Law to anyone wanting outstanding service.
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I am forever grateful
I had been through court years prior with a different lawyer, and things ended with me having every other weekend visits, so obviously our nerves were high during our initial consultation. However, Vanessa talked to my wife and I like we were human beings and that she wanted to help us. Vanessa and my family knew this was going to be a long, hard, and complicated fight, but she was ready for it and she made sure that we were ready also. Vanessa always gave us straight answers, especially to the hard questions. Hearings got continued multiple times and we had to keep taking the other side back to court. Status hearing after status hearing, trial date after trial date, Vanessa kept our hopes high. Vanessa dealt with a lot, not only from the other side, but also from us. We took a lot out on her, whether it be frantic emails in the middle of the night or asking her to call us on the weekend but she always had a calm and empathetic demeanor. During hearings Vanessa always stayed very professional but also made sure to hit every hard point to make sure things went our way. Vanessa did a lot of her own digging and made sure to investigate the other party very thoroughly while also using any information I supplied. Vanessa was always available through email and she always responded very quickly. I know that she will always be there if we need her again. I wish my family would have chose her in the beginning of my custody fight 4 years ago. I finally have full custody of my daughter thanks to Vanessa. My child and I are eternally grateful for her services and I will always recommend Vanessa Gorden, she is priceless.
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Posted by Rob | July 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I would recommend this lawyer to anyone. She does what she says she will do and gets results. Honestly worth every penny you spend.
Posted by Brenda | December 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, communicative, reasonable
Vanessa did a great job from the beginning explaining what was possible, and what was not. She gave clear expectations on what was needed to build a successful case, and followed through with reminders. She tackled unexpected problems immediately, and was always professional with me and with the other party's attorney. There was a mutual respect which was an advantage when negotiating with the other attorney. Vanessa was wonderful to work with, handled the case successfully and was kind enough to work out a payment arrangement. Her fees were comparable to other attorneys, but her personal attention set her apart. She always responded quickly and thoroughly to emails.
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Posted by Steve | August 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Vanessa Gordon did an excellent job of representing me in my custody case. I had a very complicated case involving multi state jurisdictions, and she was able to handle it perfectly. She always very promptly responded to my e-mails and left me updated on the process. The judge even complemented her on presenting a very complicated case in a very understandable and comprehensive way. I would highly recommend Vanessa Gordon to anyone in need of legal representation in any kind of family court case.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick response
Responded quickly and very concisely to my question. I get the feeling she is an excellent attorney that cares.
Posted by Courtney | May 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellence
I contacted Vanessa for a consultation for my child custody case. We both knew going in to this particular case that it would be a long and tedious one. However, Vanessa has been a wonderful lawyer to represent me. She is always quick to respond to emails, which alleviated a lot of stress at times when the other party was being very difficult to work with and I had questions. Vanessa has advised and guided me through what most families find to be the most difficult of issues. Vanessa has always treated MY case as if this were her own family. I absolutely will, and have, recommend Vanessa Gorden for anyone seeking a Family Law Lawyer.
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Posted by Dave | May 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful to work with!
Each time I have used Vanessa's law firm, she has been extremely helpful in explaining my options and helping me choose what was best for my children and me. I would not hesitate to go to her again, or to recommend her to others!
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More than impressed
May not have always seen eye to eye but no matter the request she never gave up and was professional determined and produced positive results. Couldnt be happier
Posted by Sairon | March 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 stars
Hired Vanessa Gordon after a previos lawyer completely messed up my case. She did amazing at getting things back on track. She is very professional. Definitely recommend her!
Posted by Chris | December 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience with my first time using a lawyer
This was my first experience using a lawyer and I feel that Vanessa Gorden made it a good experience. She was easy to work with and explained things so that I understood them. Her office provided digital copies of the documents so that I could read them right away and it was more convenient. Billing was clear and easy to understand. Any questions I had were answered quickly.
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Posted by Bryce | December 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A plus
Very good at what she does. Everything was a breeze. Helped me exactly as I needed. Would recommend in a heart beat. Ami the receptionist is great also. Anytime I called I was greated by name.
Posted by Tasha | March 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
Vanessa is such an amazing lawyer! She was quick to respond to me with any and all answers I needed. She worked hard and was always on top of things. I recommend her to anyone seeking a family lawyer!
Posted by Courtney | February 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nothing but good things to say
Vanessa and her staff are wonderful! Everyone in her office was very friendly and knowledgeable. They all had my best interest and my son's best interest in mind. Their use of technology is also wonderful as it allowed me to handle issues related to my case on my schedule and not have to take as much time off work to come into the office. I would highly recommend them and will be using them for any future legal needs that may arrise.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-375 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • GordenLaw, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Kinsey Rowe Becker & Kistler, LLP
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Associate Attorney
  • Kennedy Rokahr Pier & Knoff
  • 2005 - 2008

Education

  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor (with honors) and MA - Master of Arts English
  • 2005
  • University of South Dakota
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Huskey v. Huskey, 289 Neb. 439, 855 N.W.2d 377 (2014)
  • Appeal dismissed after oral argument.

Associations

  • Volunteer Legal Services Committee, Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Member (former chair)
  • 2006 - Present
  • Nebraska Lawyer
  • Editorial Board
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Volunteer Legal Services Committee
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Lincoln Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2016
  • Nebraska State Bar Leadership Academy
  • Graduate
  • 2008 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Life Coach Certification
  • New Skills Academy
  • 2019
  • Family Law Trial Advocacy program graduate
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy/American Bar Association
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Thomas Sterling Honor Society
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • 2005
  • Highest Grade in Jurisprudence
  • CALI
  • 2004
  • Highest Grade in Property I and II
  • CALI
  • 2003
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Ethics of Technology Competence
  • Attorney use of emails & other electronic modes/Information Security & Data Breach Preparedness
  • 2019
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Nontraditional Family Structures
  • 2017
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Violence in the Home
  • 2017
  • Family Law Boot Camp
  • Ethical Considerations in Family Law
  • 2017
  • Divorce Law Guide from A to Z
  • Preparing and Filing Complaint for Divorce/Effective Use of Discovery
  • 2016
  • Advanced Issues in Family and Divorce Law
  • Contempt and Enforcement; Mental Illness Issues in Family Law
  • 2016
  • GAP (Going Ahead Prepared)
  • Representing Parents in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings
  • 2014
  • NSBA Annual Meeting - VLP Seminar
  • Family Law 101: Paternity and Modifications
  • 2014
  • NSBA Annual Meeting - VLP Seminar
  • Do's and Don'ts of Dealing With Pro Se Litigants
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (9)
Endorse Vanessa
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Gorden and I settled a case for our clients. She had good communication throughout the case and was reasonable in negotiations. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa is down to earth and has excellent insight. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a good honest family law attorney."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Vanessa. Highly respected in the legal community with an outstanding reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Child custody Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Gorden is an excellent Family Law attorney and recognized as such by her peers."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Juvenile law Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Vanessa has very zealously represented her client's in every case that I have been involved in with her. She has also done a good job of accurately explaining the law to her clients in terms that they can understand."
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