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Vanessa Saenz

  • Partner
Nashville, TN

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

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
  • Treasurer Business and Professional Women

Professional Associations and Memberships

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

Pro Bono Activities

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


  • English
  • Spanish


  • Phi Alpha Delta
2020 Member American Immigration Lawyers Association
Best Business of 2020 Three Best Rated Excellence
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