Vanessa Williams-Hall is an experienced litigator and collaborative communicator who guides clients on complex legal issues. She primarily advises clients on complying with new and changing laws and regulations.

Vanessa is known for her thoughtful strategies and creative solutions to clients working in and with highly regulated industries, businesses, and financial institutions. Vanessa advises across numerous practice groups, including labor and employment, construction, financial services, insurance coverage, eminent domain, admiralty, cannabis, international law, and tribal law. With a keen understanding of today’s challenges as experienced by public entities, Vanessa develops policies and practices to mitigate risk while addressing long-term business goals.



  • University of Washington School of Law
    JD with honors

    Washington International Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief
  • Scripps College for Women
    BA awarded cum laude


  • Washington State
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Magistrate Judge S. Kate Vaughan in the Western District of Washington

Awards & Accolades

  • Selected for Washington Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list in 2019 and 2020
  • CALI awards: Evidence, Election Law, Constitutional Law II
  • Two-time champion: Michael Thorsnes International Commercial Arbitration Moot (2017 & 2018)


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • "US Supreme Court Holds That Non-Signatories to Arbitration Agreement Subject to New York Convention Can Compel Arbitration,” International Bar Association, Litigation Committee newsletter, coauthor (Nov. 2020)
  • A Tale of Two Countries: Does Canada’s Legalization of Cannabis Give It the First Mover Advantage in Franchising?, 39 Franchise L.J. 55, coauthor (Summer 2019)
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