Vanessa Saenz

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Nashville, Tennessee
2017 | Member | American Immigration Lawyers Association

Over 20 years of experience in the fields of Immigration, Family and Criminal law. She has also worked for the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Refugee affairs and International operations. Licensed in the Federal, Immigration and Tennessee State courts. Experienced in trials in multiple counties and in Federal Courts. Clients are treated with respect and are provided an aggressive defense. Membership in the Nashville Bar Association, Immigration Lawyers Association, former president of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Founder of the Tennessee Latino Civil Rights Organization (TeLCRO), a non-profit fighting discrimination against minorities.

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