Vanessa Dennis


Vanessa was born and raised in Arizona. She received her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and her law degree from California Western in San Diego, CA. During law school Vanessa interned with the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate assisting service members with a wide range of legal needs. Upon graduating law school Ms. Dennis relocated to Rhode Island and began working at a general practice firm where she was responsible for the firm’s family law cases. In 2007 she began representing mesothelioma victims and their families, first working for a small local firm and then moving to a large national personal injury firm in New York City.

At Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. Vanessa continues to represent individuals who have been harmed by exposure to asbestos. In September 2013, Vanessa was one of 50 attorneys invited to attend Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College at his Thunderhead Ranch in Wyoming. The Trial Lawyers College is considered one of the most prestigious and selective trial advocacy colleges in America.

During the 23 day program Vanessa studied under the legendary trial attorney Gerry Spence and his select faculty. Vanessa had a personal and professional experience that only a few trial lawyers have been privileged to share. Vanessa is licensed to practice in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, the U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, and is regularly admitted to practice law before other states’ courts on a case-by-case basis. Not licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

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