vheftman@reedsmith.com

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Vanessa is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on intellectual property disputes involving unfair competition, false advertising and trademark infringement under the Lanham Act and state laws; patent infringement; copyrights; and trade secrets. Her recent matters have involved videogame software and systems, consumer products such as appliances and mattresses, telecommunications networks, and industry products such as mechanical gaskets. She also has experience in commercial litigation, including managing premises liability cases and related insurance coverage disputes, as well as employment discrimination and retaliation cases before federal and state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state law agencies. She is also committed to pro bono representation, focusing her efforts on assisting immigrants seeking asylum and refugee protections in the United States.

Awards & Recognition

  • Vanessa was selected in 2011 as an Illinois Rising Star, General Litigation

Credentials

  • Georgetown University Law Center, 2004, J.D., cum laude, Articles Editor; Georgetown Immigration Law Journal (2003-2004)
    First Place, Mid-Atlantic Regional Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (2003)
    Finalist, Robert J. Beaudry Moot Court Competition (2002)
  • Emory University, 1999, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

  • Illinois

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit

Member, American Bar Association