Vanessa Tiradentes represents a wide range of businesses and individuals in all phases of commercial litigation in both federal and state courts. Her experience includes handling allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, business divorces, contract disputes and indemnification claims, among other commercial matters. In addition, Vanessa assists clients with construction matters, including contractor disputes, breach of warranty claims, and insurance coverage issues.

Admitted to practice in four states, Vanessa spent several years representing clients in Delaware’s state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. She has been involved in matters involving corporate, commercial, intellectual property and other business-related issues. In 2016, she was recognized as a Delaware Rising Star in business litigation by SuperLawyers magazine, and again as an Illinois Rising Star in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Vanessa has been an active member of several bar associations. She is particularly involved with Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, where she has held many leadership positions. Currently, Vanessa serves as Co-Chair of the Business Law Section’s Diversity Clerkship Program, incoming Chair of the Judges’ Initiative Committee, and Co-Chair of the Host Committee for the Business Law Section Section’s first-ever Virtual Annual Meeting. She has also been Deputy General Counsel and an affiliate representative of the Hispanic National Bar Association, as well as President of the Delaware Hispanic Bar Association.

Outside of her work at Gould & Ratner, Vanessa volunteers weekly as a mentor and tutor for Chicago Lights Tutoring and previously served on the Chicago Lights Associates Board.In addition, she is a Harvard College Alumni Interviewer, and currently serves as Secretary of the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance.

Vanessa earned her JD from Hofstra University School of Law, where she was Managing Editor of Production for the Journal of International Business and Law. In 2008, she clerked for then-Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons, Jr. of the Delaware Court of Chancery through the ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program. She received her BA, cum laude, in Latin American Studies from Harvard University.



  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 2009
  • Harvard University, B.A., cum laude , 2006

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey


  • American Bar Association
    – Chair of the Judges Initiative Committee, Business Law Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Director and Secretary, Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance 
  • Mentor and Tutor, Chicago Lights