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Vanessa Betryna Gnekow

Family Attorney at Rancho Cucamonga, CA

4.8   52 reviews

also known as The Law Offices of Vanessa Gnekow, Vanessa Gnekow


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About Vanessa

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Vanessa Gnekow is dedicated to providing aggressive cost effective representation in the area of Family, Criminal and Bankruptcy Law.  Ms. Gnekow is a fierce litigator and aggressive negotiator with an impressive track record.  

 

Ms. Gnekow’s knowledge and expertise in the area of Family Law includes child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, property division, paternity, guardianship and domestic violence matters in San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.

 

Ms. Gnekow is passionate about her  clients and gives personal, detailed attention to each and every client.  Ms. Gnekow gets to know her clients on an intimate level so that she can become better acquainted with their complex issues.  Ms. Gnekow fights every case as if she was litigating for her own family.  

Ms. Gnekow offers a free one-half hour initial consultation.  Ms. Gnekow offers appointments by telephone or in person.

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Licensed for 9 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 11/28/2022

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

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Vanessa Gnekow
8280 Utica Ave
Suite 180
Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 91730

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2023
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Magdalena
I recommend Vanessa Gnekow. She fought aggressively for me and her staff was very helpful!
Posted by Tricia | November 9, 2022
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Highly recommend
Vanessa and her team were excellent to work with. From the first consultation on, Vanessa was responsive to emails and calls and would often contact me after hours to follow up with my case. She and her team fought for me especially when time sensitive documents were needed by the court. Vanessa truly cared about my case and I’d recommend her services to anyone needing a family law attorney.
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Posted by Khristina Gaona | June 22, 2022
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HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
I highly recommend Vanessa Gnekow to anyone needing an attorney, as she and her team are efficient, helpful and truly great at what they do. I am forever grateful to Vanessa Gnekow and her team (especially Patricia and Shannon) for everything they did for my daughter and I. Two years ago because my daughter went to visit my ex in another state and he did not return her to me on the agreed upon date that we had discussed. I was in a state of panic in trying to figure out how to get my daughter back. I initially hired another attorney that did nothing for 4 weeks, so I sought out another attorney, and that's when I found Vanessa Gnekow. Upon retaining Vanessa Gnekow, she had my daughter back to me within a week because of the ex-parte that she filed. After getting my daughter back my ex then filed for a move-away, so Vanessa Gnekow represented me for two long years. My case was extremely complex, as we have been going to court since my daughter was 6 months old, but she came prepared to win at each hearing. Her presence in the courtroom is truly unmatched. Vanessa Gnekow and her team dealt with my case in such a professional manner and fought for me extremely hard. Vanessa Gnekow is very upfront in regards to her advice and strategy for your case, and she ALWAYS has best interest at heart. She went above and beyond for me as her client and WON my case! You will not be disappointed in the work, time and effort she will put into helping you get the justice you deserve.
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Posted by Valerie S | May 11, 2022
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Vanessa will fight for you.
After having a few consultations I knew Vanessa was my choice. The other attorneys I spoke with seemed fake and just trying to "retain." Vanessa truly cared for me and my position and had my back the entire time. Her team is amazing. Shannon, Julie and Daisy were the best legal support team. I was totally lost, in the dark and didn't know what to expect when going into a divorce. Vanessa took my case and got me even more than what I even thought I was ever going to get. Her paralegal Julie was amazing and held my hand every step of the way. At times I just thought this was too much for me. Julie handled my (crying) calls with such care and gave me back my confidence. It was like I was talking to a friend. Shannon is great and Daisy worked so fast to finalize my orders. Seeing Vanessa fight for me in court was exactly what I needed. She made sure I was not going to get bullied by my Ex and his attorney. Vanessa is very hands on. Not your typical 8-5 hours. I highly recommended Vanessa and her team.
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Posted by Juan | May 3, 2022
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Highly recommend
I can't even begin to express how amazing this law office was in helping me with the custody of my daughter. Vanessa Gnekow and her team Julie, Shannon, Annette, and Daisy, always made themselves available with any questions or concerns and were always professional. Thank you I highly recommend this team to any one seeking custody of their children.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2022
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Great experience and very helpful!
Vanessa is an amazing and reliable lawyer. She is organized and professional and made sure that I understood the process in my case. I highly recommend Vanessa and the team to anyone who’s in need of a family law attorney. She took the time to answer all my questions and was great at providing clarity on various matters. You will be in great hands if you go with Vanessa.
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Posted by Kimberly | March 8, 2022
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Custody Case
When the case first began, I tried to go about it without an attorney but quickly did I learn that it is not as easy as it may seem. I knew that it was necessary to find someone who would be able to fight for me and Mrs. Gnekow was the perfect attorney. She took the time to hear out how the case was going and caught up like if she had been there the whole time. The entire team was up to date so it made it easier when communicating and every time new events came afloat. Attorneys may not always be available because they have multiple cases but that’s when the efforts of a good team come in to play because they were sure to update Mrs. Gnekow. When it is your turn to have her show up in court for you, you better believe she shows up and is dedicated to focusing on your case. You can feel the passion and collectiveness when she is there with you, she knows that the person in trail at the moment is the one who needs her the most. In times of hopelessness, I would end up being astonished by how things went in my favor. I couldn’t be more at peace now that we’ve made it to the finish line; I genuinely could not have gotten as far as I did without Mrs. Gnekow.
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Posted by Art | January 24, 2022
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Vanessa will fight for you
Long story as short as possible, I had a previous attorney that drafted an agreement that me and my now ex wife had came up with, however this attorney messed up and didn’t do his do diligence. When my ex wife got evil and wanted out of the contract she challenged the contract and got herself an attorney who is as sheisty as she is. My ex wife and her attorney made up multiple lies and accusations against me. Vanessa came in at the last minute and stepped up to the plate like a boss and handled it. She is on top of her game and will take care of you, she was upfront and honest with possible outcomes, but she was also dedicated and determined. Vanessa is a winner, save yourself time, energy and money. I tried to go the cheap route and get my matter settled with just any attorney and unfortunately he was not able to finish the job. I wish I would’ve went with Vanessa in the first place. She brought my case to a victory. I found out you get what you pay for, and Vanessa and her team are worth every penny. Vanessa is a fighter and will fight for you. She is aggressive and not intimidated by any attorney. Vanessa is also down to earth and compassionate, she heard me out and understood what I was asking for. Her and all her staff were on top of everything. I want to say thank you so much to Vanessa and her staff, I am truly grateful and I thank God for all the hard work and dedication all of you have put into my case, May God bless all of you.
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Posted by Ruby | December 29, 2021
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Custody case
Vanessa and her team have been working on my case for going on a year now and when I tell you she has been such a big help in this ugly custody battle we have been going through. I seriously cannot stress how much I appreciate the amount of attention they put on every detail regarding my case. I don’t believe my case would be going the way it is if it wasn’t for her and her amazing team! I want to also give huge thank you to Julie because she has always taken the time to explain everything in full detail so that I can understand what exactly is going on at that moment. Without a doubt in my mind choosing the Law offices of Vanessa Gnekow was the best decision i have made.
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Posted by Sequoia | August 24, 2021
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Custody case
I contacted Vanessa’s office last minute, in a time of need for a custody case. A situation where emotions were high, and I was stressed out. Her office was able to set me up with a consultation in a timely fashion, were very sympathetic, very professional, and handled my situation with such care. Their patience with me was also very much appreciated as I had a million questions and was very emotional. Her staff always kept me updated on what was going on via email, telephone, and also responded to emails and telephone calls in a timely fashion. I was always in the loop, and knew what to expect in each step of my case. She fought for my daughter and I, and never backed down. She fought for the best interest of my child, and for that I am forever thankful. The confidence Vanessa has, her knowledge of the law, her professionalism, makes her fierce af!!!! Thank you so much Vanessa and staff for your services!
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Posted by Nelson | May 28, 2021
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Very helpful during tough times
Don’t hesitate, retain Mrs. Gnekow as soon as you need her. Even during a pandemic, while the courts were short staffed and missing paper work or messing up schedules and transcripts (Which I can verify were errors within the courts) Vanessa fought and fought to to get us back on track and make sure we stayed on track during our rocky trial. Her staff is friendly and helpful. If you have questions they’ll make sure you’ll get an answer. Definitely worth every penny. When things get tough you need Mrs. Gnekow on your side. I get to be involved in my daughters life a lot more and potential to expand those days. Thanks for knocking some confidence in me and Thanks for everything.
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Posted by Richard | May 27, 2021
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Will retain again!
It is not common for the father to gain full custody of his child but this law firm made it happen. My attorney was Vanessa and she was so helpful and very aggressive when need be. Vanessa was very down to earth and understanding of my situation and very open to all my ideas. I have been in and out of court for over a year now and I May not have won every battle but at the end of the day we won the war. I would highly recommend this law firm to anyone!
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Posted by Ricardo Pasos | May 19, 2021
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Amazing Advocate!
I would like to thank the Law offices of Vincent B. Garcia specifically Vanessa Gnekow. Vanessa was extremely helpful in my case; always very attentive and professional. She made the whole process as simple and easy as possible. Vanessa and her team definitely made me feel like they were eager to fight and represent me. If anyone is looking for a great attorney I highly recommend Vanessa Gnekow and her team.
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Posted by Gabe | January 26, 2021
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Tremendous Job!
Vanessa Gnekow did an amazing job with my case. Vanessa and her crew did an outstanding job making sure I got what I needed. After a few stressful months Vanessa and her crew made me feel sigh of relief. Do to my case I was fighting for possibly my job and son. She was able to make sure I had nothing to worry about and turned everything into a positive case for me. I have nothing but praise how well she handled herself in court. Vanessa was a true professional during my case. I would recommend Vanessa Gnekow to anyone who is needing of a good Family lawyer! I also have to give a shout out to Ms. Daisy!! She made me be on top of everything that needed to be filled out. Without her and Vanessa I don’t think I would have receive what I had want in my hearing. Thanks for everyone who help with my case! I appreciate everything you have done for me. I can now enjoy my time with my son who in fact is the most important person in my life!! Vanessa & Team: THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!  Gabe H.
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Posted by Ashley | January 11, 2021
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Amazing Lawyer!!
Vanessa and her team are AMAZING!!! Words can never truly express what her and her team accomplished on my behalf. She was efficient, affective, and accomplished things I had only hoped for in my case. It was a hard custody battle and her and her team jumped right in and made great movement forward from the start! She is a fighter in the court room and is very thorough and efficient in fighting for you and your family! She stops at nothing until the job is completed and her and her professional team are a complete joy to work with. They listen, they help, and strategize for their clients. With her help my daughter is now safe and protected!
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Posted by Melissa | December 18, 2020
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Brilliant in the courtroom....
Vanessa is a go getter attorney! My case is going on four years and Vanessa has fought tirelessly this whole time and continues to fight for me until the end!! I cannot express enough her commitment to seeing my case through. She is brilliant in the courtroom and really carries herself professionally. If you need someone who will fight for your case, then you need Vanessa!!
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Posted by Marissa | November 3, 2020
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Best ever
Ms. Gnekow is an amazing attorney who truly cares about her clients. She is fair and always transparent, which for me was huge in my divorce. She doesn't overcharge you, and she is knowledgeable in the field. I had a very positive experience with her during a very difficult time. Would highly recommend for any family law matter.
Posted by Jacob | October 26, 2020
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Excellent attorney
Working with Vanessa was a really great pleasure. She really took care of my case and guided me through the whole process very thoroughly. I couldn’t have asked for more of a better attorney and she was such a badass in court she really handled everything I needed her too! I would highly recommend her if you want someone you can trust and know she is truly fighting for you with everything she’s got.
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Posted by William | October 20, 2020
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Hard Working Team
Going through a divorce is never easy. Especially with kids involved but Mrs. Gnekow, her father, and amazing team made things right and put me at peace. My kids and I are so blessed for the hard work and dedication of this office. Words can’t express my gratitude.
Posted by Jason | October 14, 2020
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TRO/ex parte/custody
I was referred to Ms Gnekow by a good friend. Previously I had spent about 15k with a different big name law firm that netted zero results. I was going to just represent myself and give it my best shot. The day before my hearing my friend told me I needed to hire Ms Gnekow. I was skeptical about wasting my money on another lawyer, but I’m glad I called her. Ms Gnekow was very friendly and knowledgeable over the phone. I regained some faith in finding a Lawyer that actually heard me and wanted to help.  I hired Ms Gnekow immediately after that phone call and I have been grateful ever since. Ms Gnekow is very professional and direct. She will make sure you stay in line and keep you aware of what’s in your best interests. When it comes to courtroom performances she is very aggressive and passionate. During my hearings Ms Gnekow acted as if my children were her own. I could hear and sense the passion in her voice. I thank god I did not try to do this myself. There would have been zero chance that I would be able to relay my thoughts as intelligently and as aggressively as she did. My entire perspective of lawyers and the family law industry has changed thanks to Ms Gnekow and her entire team. Nobody wants to have to fight over their kids but if you have to, you should be prepared with the best representation you can find. I can’t begin to recommend Ms Gnekow and her team enough. I’m forever grateful for their efforts and services and will continue to use them for any further family matters.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • The Law Offices of Vincent B. Garcia
  • 2013 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Vanessa B. Gnekow
  • 2014 - 2014

Education

  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • University of Phoenix
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2005
  • Univ of California Riverside
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • zamudio v zamudio
  • 3 year permanent restraining order

Associations

  • East West Family Law Council
  • President
  • 2016 - Present
  • East West Family Law Council
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Western Region Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • East West Family Law Council
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Cali Award, Juvenile Law, Moot Court Honors, Best Team
  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • 2012

Publications

  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • Distinguished woman in business
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Board meeting
  • East west family law council
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (6)
Endorse Vanessa
Family Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa is an outstanding attorney and one that I am happy to work with on any matter. She is knowledgeable about the current laws and cases and zealously advocates on her client's behalf while maintaining a professional demeanor at all times."
Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Very competent and smart, ethical and professional. Aggressive when she needs to be but reasonable in helping settle matters. She is always thinking about doing what is best for her clients. Well respected among her colleagues and the judicial officers. She was very prepared in a family law trial I had against her. She brings her "A" game at all times."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I am in Houston, Texas, I needed a CA lawyer to obtain the return of a child wrongfully kept by the father. Ms. Gnekow was responsive and timely. She knew what she was doing and got the job done."
Family Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Ms. Gnekow as a member of the East West Family Law Council, a local independent bar association for attorneys committed to the practice of family law. Ms. Gnekow is enthusiastic and works very hard for our Council, and has a reputation in the community for bringing that same level of hard work to her client's case. She also has the reputation for being honest and keeps her word, very admirable traits in this day and age."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Gnekow is an outstanding attorney whom I highly recommend."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"A real go getter, hard worker, that also takes care of her clients while keeping things civil. I would refer clients to her."
Family Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms Gnekow is honest to a fault. She is tough at negotiations and will aggressively litigate her case in court. She has an exceedingly win to loss ratio. She is well known and liked by judges and attorneys alike. She sits on the Board of a prestigious Family Law Group known as the East/West Family Law Council. Ms. Gnekow has litigated complex family Law cases and has won nearly every case. She' a dedicated associate at the Law Offices of Vincent B. Garcia & Associates. I endorse her without reservations."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked as opposing counsel on a case with Vanessa. She is a skilled professional that strongly advocates for the interets of her client and remains objective and realistic which allowed us to resolve issues quickly and effectivly. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Gnekow. She is a remarkable advocate for her clients. She is a very dedicated and diligent attorney who zealously fights for her client's rights. I highly recommend Mrs. Gnekow to anyone seeking an exceptional attorney."
Family Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Gnekow is a fantastic attorney. She is always prepared, follows through with her promises and keeps constant communication with all parties involved. If she weren't my competition, I'd refer everyone to her!"
Unknown Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Vanessa is smart and dedicated to helping her clients."
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