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Vanessa Dawn Pena

Personal injury Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Vanessa

Learn Vanessa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Pena Law has zealously represented many clients against large insurance companies and defense firms across the United States

  2. Car accident

  3. Estate planning
    Vanessa Pena offers multiple Estate Planning tools which assists her clients in avoiding Probate upon death. Services include: Living Trust, Wills, Power of Attorney, Special Needs Trusts, and Life Insurance Trusts.

  4. Wrongful death


925 B Street
Suite 102
San Diego, CA, 92101

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Posted by Katie | October 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
I am a client of Vanessa Pena. I was extremely pleased with her and how she handled a difficult situation. She is a dedicated and passionate attorney. I always felt she had my best interest. Vanessa is also is also a very honest person and communicated very well with me during our time together. I give her the highest recommendations!
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Posted by Amber | October 2, 2018
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Vanessa assisted me in my personal injury case. She was recommended to me by a friend. Vanessa lived up to her reputation of being an experienced lawyer by the way she dealt with the other lawyers and insurance adjusters. She communicated well, showed respect & understanding while representing me & my case. I highly recommend Pena Law.
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Posted by Sara | October 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Thorough and Explanatory
Attorney Pena was extremely professional and thorough. She took the time to explain the process and each step that followed. She handled my personal injury case with integrity and professionalism, while making sure my needs were met. I would highly recommend Attorney Pena.
Posted by Liz | October 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the best
Vanessa helped me with a car accident case, i was able to get all the therapy i needed and compensation for the damages caused. She was extremely helpful throughout the process and very communicative. I felt very comfortable and well informed through the process. I would absolutely recommend her!
Posted by Kimberly | May 28, 2015
Pena Law
Vanessa is a very knowledgeable and trustworthy attorney. She made my husband and I feel very comfortable by explaining each step of our lawsuit. We asked her tons of questions and she was patient and explained very thoroughly. She communicated quickly and very professionally. We can not recommend her highly enough.


  • Hourly Rates $ 325-350 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Winet Patrick Gayer Creighton and Hanes
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • San Diego County Office Of The Public Defender
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Clerk
  • Day and Associates, Inc.
  • 2004 - 2009


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • California State University, San Marcos
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Personal Injury- Car Accident
  • Settled
  • Living trust
  • Completed

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Stars
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Best of the Bar
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2016
  • Jefferson Scholar
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2012
  • Witkin Award of Excellence
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
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Estate planning Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Pena is dedicated to protecting her clients and their assets to ensure family legacies are passed down. She is personable, a good listener, and is always thinking outside the box. Attorney Pena is passionate about her craft and her clients."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Ms. Pina for the past 5 years. Her Passion, Dedication and Work Ethic is by far one of the best in the community. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer for any legal matter."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and worked with Vanessa for many years and find her to be extremely diligent and professional. I endorse Vanessa and would recommend her for matters involving litigation and estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa is both very friendly and diligent. I've know Vanessa for 4 years and I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Vanessa Pena. Vanessa had TWO (2) kids during law school, and still finished near the top of her class. 'Nuff said."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Vanessa is an exceptional Attorney. Her attention to detail sets her apart from other Attorneys. When a client retains Vanessa, they are hiring someone who will work incredibly hard for them. I highly recommend Vanessa."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Vanessa's enthusiasm and dedication to her clients is second to none. She is resourceful, skilled at negotiation and solid in her work ethic. You will not be disappointed."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa is a great lawyer who is very friendly and can easily get the job done! I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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