Vanessa graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) in 2002 and a Bachelor of Laws in 2006. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia in 2007. She is also an accredited mediator.
Vanessa started her legal career as a solicitor at Mahony’s Lawyers where she was employed from 2007 until June 2009. During this time her practice extended to motor vehicle accident and workers compensation claims, criminal law, family law and wills. In July 2009 Vanessa was offered a position with Donaldson Walsh Lawyers, which at that time provided legal services to the Motor Accident Commission through its claims agent, Allianz Australia SA CTP and, therefore, in this capacity she acted for the insured (or offending party) in relation to motor vehicle accidents.
In September 2010 Vanessa joined Paul Alvaro Lawyers as a solicitor representing claimants primarily in relation to motor vehicle accident claims. She therefore brings to the team the experience and expertise gained in acting for parties on both sides of the fence in the area of personal injury law.