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Vanessa Soto Nellis

Family Attorney at Encino, CA

4.3   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Vanessa

Learn Vanessa’s areas of practice.

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. 

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Reviews

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Posted by Morgan | September 19, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Vanessa was GREAT!!!
I had a rather complicated situation of having been married in California, but received a foreign divorce, as I now live abroad. After having received absolutely no help from the State Attorney’s office regarding my situation, I knew I would need the help of a lawyer. Vanessa was referred to me by another lawyer, and we ended up speaking over the phone a short time later. She put me at ease right away with her optimistic, confident demeanor. The information and advice she provided me was exactly what I needed. I am very grateful to Vanessa, and will definitely contact her again if I need any help in the future.
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Posted by ann | October 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
smart and fast
Vanessa took over my case and tied up all my loose ends. My case settled and I am a happy person today.
Posted by Keith | August 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Reviewed my divorce agreement, came up with a plan, filed an excellent complaint at fair cost, led to mediation with all issues resolved. Fantastic effective legal work and advice. Would highly reccomend this lawyer and her team.
Posted by Eric | November 24, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Consultation!
Being from out of the state, I found Vanessa Nellis's law firm on Yelp, and decided to contact them for initial consultation of my past legal separation and proposed divorce case. I prepaid for my consult emailed many docs, and info before our telephone consultation. Although this turned into a referral, I received an immense amount of good legal advise in a very short conversation. I was very happy to pay for this, but in the end, my fee was waived. I will now do much of my own paperwork in a different direction that never occurred to me. Vanessa is a great communicator, and knows how to determine a practical course I think. I will be happy to retain her if the need arises.
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Posted by Dave | March 4, 2014
Dave Sweany
For the past three years we've had to struggle with my ex wife. Venessa had to put up with her Seven Attorneys starting from scratch with each one till it was finalised. Venessa kept in contact with me on everything! Her Secretary and staff was very helpful in my case. She was fast to act and react with answers with my case. I'm a man of few words but I felt I was well represented. My Ex use to work for a lawferm so it was quite a fight. sorry no spell check
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2014
not competent. polarizing. over biller.
incompetemt to handle a case on her own. needs another shareholder. has .25 minimum bills so you get billed 15 minutes for a 1 minute phone call. 3 attorneys + paralegal all bill on case. polarizing personality and then when money runs out (goes way over budget due to multiple billers and .25 minimums) she will threaten a motion to withdraw at client's expense unless you immediately pick up your file. she is all about billable hours and getting paid. picks fights and requests sanction payable to her firm but motion is billed to client.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder - Family Law
  • Lewitt Hackman
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate - Family Law Attorney
  • Lewitt Hackman
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Intern
  • Alliance for Children's Rights
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Intern
  • University of Southern California Family Violence Clinic
  • 2002 - 2002
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Education

  • University of Southern California Law School
  • 2003
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Associations

  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Mexican American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Step Up Women's Network
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top Women Attorneys of Southern California
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2007
  • Public Law Foundation Grant
  • University of Southern California Law School
  • 2003
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar Series
  • Everything You Wanted to Know about Prenuptial Agreements But Never Asked
  • 2008
  • Seminar Series
  • All You Want to Know About Prenuptial, Postnuptial and Co-Habitation Agreements
  • 2007
  • Seminar Series
  • Family Law Fundamentals
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (12)
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Family Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Family Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa is a highly skilled and experienced family law attorney. She prides herself on bringing "calm to crisis" and does so with sincere dedication to her clients' needs and best interests. Her talent is evident not only in her consistently successful results, but her strong reputation among other family law professionals. I highly recommend Vanessa to anyone looking for a family law advocate."
Family Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa has extensive knowledge of family law, as well as a smart diligence and a true sense of commitment to her clients. She is confident, articulate and highly effective with her work."
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a lawyer who works with families myself, I am often asked by my own clients for a referral to a good family lawyer. How lucky I am to be able to refer my clients to Vanessa Soto Nellis, who I have found to be both incredibly capable and compassionate as she guides her clients through difficult situations. Vanessa's understanding of the law, her rise to partner at her firm, and her kindness in helping her clients, all make her one of my go-to family law referrals."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa is a highly skilled family law attorney who takes time and care to assist each client reach his or her goals. She is a trusted advisor who is well-connected in the community and is always ready and willing to assist fellow attorneys."
Family Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. She is direct, easily approachable, and a true asset to her clients. I would highly recommend her to my clients, friends and family without a hesitation."
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Encino Family Lawyer Vanessa Soto Nellis
Vanessa Soto Nellis
Family Attorney
Encino, CA
Licensed for 19 years