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Vanessa J. Gorden

About me

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.

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 also enjoys teaching Zumba and barre classes, and appreciates theatre, "slam" poetry, and travel.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 40%
    11 years
  2. Divorce: 40%
    11 years
  3. Juvenile: 10%
    11 years
  4. Child Custody: 10%
    11 years



Hourly ($175-255/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Amanda Van Wyhe

    Vanessa is down to earth and has excellent insight. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a good honest family law attorney.


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2016
Top 10 Attorneys Under 40National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys2015
Thomas Sterling Honor SocietyUniversity of South Dakota School of Law2005
Highest Grade in JurisprudenceCALI2004
Highest Grade in Property I and IICALI2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/AttorneyGordenLaw, LLC2011 - Present
Associate AttorneyKinsey Rowe Becker & Kistler, LLP2008 - 2011
Associate AttorneyKennedy Rokahr Pier & Knoff2005 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Nebraska LawyerEditorial Board2012 - Present
Nebraska State Bar AssociationVolunteer Legal Services Committee Member2009 - Present
Lincoln Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Nebraska State Bar Association, Volunteer Legal Services CommitteeChair2011 - 2012
Nebraska State Bar Leadership AcademyGraduate2008 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Huskey v Huskey, 289 Neb. 439 (2014)Appeal dismissed.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Dakota School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor (with honors) and MA - Master of Arts English2005
University of South Dakota School of LawEnglishBS - Bachelor of Science2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NSBA Annual Meeting - VLP SeminarFamily Law 101: Paternity and Modifications2014
GAP (Going Ahead Prepared)Representing Parents in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings2014
NSBA Annual Meeting - VLP SeminarDo's and Don'ts of Dealing With Pro Se Litigants2011