Vanessa M. Bateau


Vanessa Bateau concentrates her practice on general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and securities matters.

Vanessa previously served as a summer associate at Blank Rome as well as a judicial extern for the Honorable David J. Novak of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. 

While in law school, Vanessa was a senior staff member of the William & Mary Business Law Review, served as career chair and a mentor within the Black Law Students Association, and was a student fellow for the Center for the Study of Law and Markets. 

During the seven years prior to law school, Vanessa worked for a top media network in brand creative promotion as the network’s operations and media manager, and witnessed firsthand how the legal and business departments collaborated to ensure compliance with copyright law and content guidelines for on-air, print, and digital platforms.

Outside the Firm

Vanessa enjoys watching Shark Tank and The Office, travelling with her family, and directing documentary films.



  • American Bar Association
Professional Activities

Vanessa has a strong interest in protecting the rights of those with disabilities. During law school, Vanessa advocated for the Special Education Advocacy Parents Engaged for Learning Equality Clinic, where she represented parents of children with disabilities in individualized education plan meetings with school district. Vanessa also was a law student advocate for the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic, where she advocated for veterans facing disability issues before the Department of Veterans Affairs.



  • New York


  • William & Mary School of Law, JD
  • CUNY Brooklyn College, BA, cum laude