Vanessa Saenz

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Nashville, Tennessee
2017 | Member | American Immigration Lawyers Association

Vanessa has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Immigration, Family Law, and Criminal law. She previously worked for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Refugee Affairs and International Operations. Vanessa is licensed to practice law in all Immigration courts, Tennessee state courts, and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. She is an experienced trial lawyer handling cases in multiple counties throughout Middle Tennessee. All clients are treated with respect and are provided an aggressive defense. She is an active member of the Nashville Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association, and is the former president of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration Law
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Immigration & Naturalization Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 2002


  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • J.D.
  • Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Sociology and Spanish


  • Family Law and the Hispanic Community, 2009
  • Your Rights if Stopped by the Police, 1999

Honors and Awards

  • Past President, LULAC, 2005 - 2007
  • Treasurer Business and Professional Women, 2006 - 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1998 - Present
  • TN Association of Criminal Lawyers, 1998 - Present
  • Nashville Bar Association, 2009 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Rutherford County Pro Bono Clinic, 2009 - Present
  • Conexion Americas Legal Pro Bono Clinic, 2005 - 2008
  • Connexion Americas, 2009 - 2011


  • English
  • Spanish


  • Phi Alpha Delta